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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Transcription

Thus at half past nine I found myself once
more in the haunts of men, listening to the sour
gossip & to the conversation of farmers about crops
& lands. Rapid City is another of the disappoin-
ted candidates for the C. P. R. [Canadian Pacific Railway] lines. Its inhabitants
were firm in the belief that their advantages
& other things would induce the Gov. [Government] & lately the
Syndicate to pass the main line there but they
were doomed to bitter disappointment & today
they see the iron horse puffing through the land
20 miles south of them with doubtful probabil-
ity of their ever having a branch line for some
time to come. Still speculation does not die
even there & one young fellow who had not
the sum of 20 dolls [dollars] when he came to the country
sold his farm for 22,000 only the other week.
There are a great number of English in & around
Rapid City, a Mr. Whelms and Englishman having
gone strongly into an emmigration [emigration] scheme & goes
home to England frequently & brings out a number
of immigrants each time. There is a sawmill
also which does a good trade & McIntosh the owner
sold out lately for 10000 dolls. [dollars] so you see Rapid
City is not going to collapse even if she is jilted
by the railroad at present. I got to bed & slept
well, & now I think I will stop for tonight writing
as it is bed time. Tomorrow night I will give you
my second days journey neither so monotonous
or so long as my first day, but sufficiently
interesting in itself so good night to you
all but after all its morning with you
& soon you will be hailing the dawn. strange yet true.

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