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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and gave me a hearty shake. He had his squaw with him
& had some fish which they traded away at the survey-
or’s camp. Pipe Stone Creek is a fine stream for fish &
we will never need to want for them as we either fish
ourselves or get the Indians to fish for us. Lots of ducks &
prairie chickens when I was over. I have got a water dog
a retriever from Archie McDonald & he will be of great use
next spring when I go over. You can’t do much at duck shoot-
ing without a dog to bring them out of the water for you.
Well I spent Monday & Tuesday with Jim. I took him over
all the letters & a lot of papers & he had a long reading at
them all & was happy to hear of you all being well & also
the friends. He may not get written for a while but he
will perhaps write a letter & post it when he goes down
for our wagon & winter provisions which will be in a month or
so. Tuesday was very wet in the forenoon but it cleared up
during the afternoon & Jim & I took another walk through
our farm. Wednesday morning was wet also but as it cleared up
I started for my work again. I had not gone very
far before it commenced to rain in earnest & kept at it
all day & night too. I made a settlers house near Oak
Lake about 4.30 & spent the night there. The settlers name
was Knight an Englishman who had lost his all by the
breaking of the West of England Bank & with the little he
had left came out here & has settled with the intention of
going in for a stock farm. He has 40 head of cattle all
brought out from home. He & his wife had been living in a
tent since April & were just a few days into their new house,
built of logs a description of which he was sending home to
a shorthand paper & which he read me. He thinks this
will a splendid country yet & he has had several letters
from young men at home asking if they could get work &
he tells them not to fear that for that there is work for hundreds
more & will be for years in a new country like this.
Next day it was still wet & I made the length of my old
friend Jackson where I stayed all night again.
The following day Friday I went over to the Brandon
Hills & spent the night with W. Bertram & enjoyed
myself very much beside my ain [own] country folk.

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