Title: Letter of 5 February 1870 from George Duncan MacVicar to Josie
Author: MacVicar, George Duncan
Source: Archives of Manitoba, MG3 B9, George Duncan MacVicar, 1869-70 (Typewritten transcription)
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Letter dated February 5th, 1870
entirely lost and confused, in constant dread of being retaken or frozen
to death. I came on the river and followed it expecting to come into
the settlement that way; but imagine my feelings when I found that I
had made a complete circuit of the town and was right back at Fort Garry
on the opposite side. I was within twenty yards of one of the French
guards. I turned and ran off as fast as I could, knowing this time that
I was going right but afraid of pursuit. I ran on and on and at last
got to a part of the river I knew and succeeded in getting to the Rev. [Reverend]
Mr. Black's, who lives about four miles up the river; almost frozen,
scarcely able to walk, talk or help myself. Here I was warmed, clothed
and fed and sent on my way rejoicing, with a horse and cutter. I went
from there to the Rev. Mr. McNabb's, from there to Mr. Murray's (who by the
way has two pretty daughters). From there to Archdeacon Cowley's
and then took refuge in the Indian Settlement at old Joseph Monkman's;
a fine old English half-breed. Here I found two Canadians preparing to
start for Ft. [Fort] William on snow-shoes. With these I made arrangements to
start. We got about twenty miles on our way when the two Canadians gave
out and turned back. I got a train of dogs to carry my bedding and pro-
visions and succeeded in getting as far as Ft. Alexander, about 100 miles
from Ft. Garry. Here I got so tired that I could not walk and stayed with
the Rev. Mr. Phaire until I heard from Red River that matters would pro-
bably be settled; so I am this far on my way back.
Your letter through the kindness of my cousin Victoria
Macvicar met me here. I intend to stay here for a while. I will get to
Canada some time or other before loing. But I have never told you about
my cousin here. She is a real nice girl and I will never forget her
kindness. She visited me twice when I was in prison at the greatest
risk to herself, and when she heard that I had escaped, she came about

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