Title: Letter of 4 October 1881 from William Lothian to Peter Lothian
Author: Lothian, William, d. 1930
Source: Archives of Manitoba, MG8 B3, William Lothian
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saw it was no use to my going further as I would
only get more confused in the darknes. Had I read
at home of one being lost on the prairie & compelled
to pass the night supperless & alone amid the wide
solitude, I would have thought it a great experience
& yet here was I brought to it myself. I did not get
excited in the least though I did feel a little queer
but there was nothing for it but to wait for the
morning & then do my best to find out where
I was for I was now half convinced that these
bluffs were not what I had taken them to be.
I took out the pony and tied her to the back
of the buckboard. I had a little hay with me
but she preferred the prairie grass to it & nibbled
away all round as far as her tether would let her.
I had my topcoat with me as also a blanket for the
pony. And better still I had one of our wool ticks I
was taking over to Jim. Little did we think Mother
when we were busy at them before the front door
yon fine June day that such a thing would
happen to them as to be spread out on the wide
prarie [prairie] for me to lie on. I spread it out below
the buckboard & lay down with my coat over
me. The stars were shining brightly & I thought
it was going to be frosty. I lay with my head covered
for a good while but Nelly not content with her
hay & being hungry began to pull the buckboard
over the top of me. I got up & found the stars had
all disappeared a thin vail [veil] of clouds spread all
over the sky. It was very very mild not breath of
air & it could not have been a better night for me
under the circumstances. I got the blanket &
again lay down & went to sleep. I must have slept
quite a long time as the night did not seem awful
long. My dreams were a little rambling. Father figured
prominently in them. I also dreamed of loading a cart.

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