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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They were busy ploughing the breaking. They had not had
a very good crop as where they had sown was wet &
too much alkali in it. William is now breaking on his
drier soil & will have 25 or 30 acres of it in crop next year.
He was telling me that his brother John was thinking
of taking a run out to see the country next year. I
hope he will come & give us a visit. Next day I made
Rapid City getting home on Sunday night – thus
finishing my long trip. I suppose it will be the last
I will have to make as this will be my last winter
here. I am still working at the saw mill but expect
to be transferred soon to my winter employment in
the flour mill. We will soon be having winter again
& have had a few mornings of hard frost already.
The leaves are all of the trees & the bark has quite
a wintry like look. I suppose you will be all done
with your harvest now. I was reading of the wet har-
vest at home & trust it has not seriously damaged
your crops. Does farmers prospects at home improve
any at all. I believe there will be a big immigration
from the Old Sod next year at least I hope so.
If the right kind would come out here they would
do well & they are just what the country needs. Those
who are coming know nothing about farming & if they
have their way Manitoba will be a poor farmed place.
I think I have done justice to paper this time, but
I fear I have gone to much into detail only I know
it will be all of a little interest to you. Will you please
send the letter to Coldingham as it will save me much re-
writing. And now dear Peter I must draw to a close
hoping all of you are well as also all friends. Give my kind
respects to all inquiries with kind love to Father
Mother Sister & Brother I remain your loving Brother
W. Lothian

Could you send me a small revised
New Testament by Post

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