Letter dated February 5th, 1870
Feb. 5th, 1870
My dearest Josie:
Yours of the third of January was sent to me and I
received it last night and I cannot tell you what joy and happiness it
brought with it for me, a refugee in a strange country.
There are a great many things I could tell you were I
with you, but all I have gone through since you last heard from me would
take too much paper to write, so I will have to reserve a great deal
until that happy day comes when I will see you again. I think I will be
able to write a dime novel when I get home. For the present I am com-
paratively safe, but am running from place to place, at the tender mercies
of my friends, of whom I find I have not a few in this country. Now among
the Indians in their native wildness, living on fish without anything
else not even salt; another time taking refuge with the H. B. [Hudson’s Bay]
gentlemen and living first rate; and again I am with the English Church
missionaries who are scattered through the country. Such a life as I
have had! But such is life and such it must be until better days come.
It distressed me not a little that am unable to write you. I attempted
to do so but my letter was seized and not allowed to go. I do not know
whether this one will go or not. I succeeded in getting one sent to
mother while in jail by interceding with O’Donoghue, the fenian rebel,
who is a great man here. But I must begin at the beginning so that
you will be able to understand.
On the 1st of Dec. [December]- came into the
settlement / with what purported to be the Queen’s Proclamation, and another from
Gov. [Governor] McDougall appointing him Lieut [Lieutenant] Gov. [Governor] of
R. R. [Red River].
He at once commenced operations against the rebels. He ordered all loyal
Canadians in the
country to report themselves at Stone Fort, about twenty miles up the
river and commenced volunteering. We all went there and enrolled