Letter to Angus McKay from [?] MacFarlane:
Letter reading "Personal. 251 Colony Street, Winnipeg. 14 Sept 1903. My dear Mr McKay, Your welcome favor of 12 Aug came to hand on the 12 instant - just one month on the way! Yes, the Manitoba Victory was splendid! I hope British Columbia will follow suit; but most of all I desire to see the - aggregation at [?] turned out. I earnestly hope and believe this will be their certain fate so soon as they give the people of Canada the chance for doing so. I am sorry to hear of good old Pierre Saliberte's departure altho' he had outlived the three and even four score years limit given to man. I suppose old Payette is not much behind him in age. Where are [?] [?] and the other [?] of the older family now? There are other old servants of the Company I used to know but I suppose they are nearly all dead by now? I think Mr [?] will do well - and no doubt his utmost up in MacKenzie River, altho' matters there are not by any means, in a favorable state from the Company's stand point - the opposition traders get too buy half of the Furs, in Peace River Athabasca and McKenzie River Districts, A "penny wise from [?] life" . [?[ is not adapted from the Fur Trade business of these times - but the Authorities know all about and no doubt will think their own plan of conducting the same, the best. I thought they would have [?] on the charge of English River District, with an increase in pay, but the [?] Macdonald may succeed while you have less to do and are therefore better off unless the pay was greater. I suppose you will endeavor to qualify for the Pension, which in some cases should have been much more liberal than is the case at present, altho' there may be an improving modification of some of its provisions later on. So far, they have withheld the small bonus (so far as the [?] were concerned) from J.M. McDougall and King, altho' fully [?] herewith, while I have been shut out of the both Pension and Bonus; but I am making a stand in this correction and trust to succeed. It is _ to withhold a life Pension from the above, myself and other who have retired since the agreement of 1893 and I also think of those who left before should now receive something for the remainder of their lives, but I am not very hopeful [?] [?] [?]. J. McDougall has separated from his wife and he feels the loss of this children very much - she (the wife) is more to blame than Mac. He talks of leaving Winnipeg for year or so soon as he sells the new house and furniture he purchased a year ago this fall! He has not been very well in health of late. King has returned and has bought a residence in Winnipeg. J.K. McDonald has also left, but has not yet decided what to do for a living. They seem to be getting rid of the older hand as soon as possible - Bill [?] who has for many years had the softest [?] in the service, is holding on hard [?]. Winnipeg is nearly a third layer now than [?] when you were here a few years ago and it is bound to be a great City in time. I hope you and Mrs McKay are having a good time of it at Prince Albert. I did not see the Halls when they were here recently. The [?] is still in the East! With an [?] regards to Mrs McKay and to yourself I am in haste, Yours very sincerely [?] MacFarlane"
letters (correspondence)companiespensions (compensation)
385 Corr - MacFarlane
Univesity Library, University of Saskatchewan
2s physical item; 21 x 27.5 cm, folded in half
Winnipeg Capitol Region
Partial watermark reads: "_ Flax"