Letter to Angus McKay from William McKay:
Letter reading "Fort Pitt 14th June 1881 - My dear Angus, I was at Battleford on the 26 May and stayed 4 day there. Saw Mr Clarke, Col McLeod and Wm Pascal Barland[?] where they all met for to attend at the North West Council. William looks well and healthy. I got a good supply of unsaleable goods from William which he had packed up to send back to Carlton. I took it all off his hands as he could not see these goods at Battleford. I came up with Maria and [?] Calder, they will be going back tomorrow. I am sending a man back with them, the same time asking William to send me a small keg of powder, as I am altogether out of powder here. I brought up your Blond Mare she was very poor. She is now beginning to look much better. She has no colt you are very unlucky with your mares. I hear your cream mare and colt died at Battleford. I was very sorry to hear that Gilbert sold his place and got himself involved into debt to so many different people. Mr Clarke told me Gilbert owed himself $150 Dollars and that he owed the company at Carlton $40 Dollars and at Prince Albert $400 Dollars besides others that he owed.I was very sorry to heard this of Gilbert how ever I promised Mr Clarke that I would pay the company what Gilbert owned, and the $150 Dollars he owed Mr Clarke also. It is very hard on me to be paying is debts as I have very little means myself but I would rather pay that for him then see any of my children getting into trouble. See Gilbert at Battleford as he went out to Fort McLeod. I got about 3000 rats and a good many beaver and Bears Skins the close of the outfit which I intend getting made into packs and send down per Steamer with the rest of our packs they will only come in for outfit/81. Wishing you all a pleasant Summer your mother writes with love to you all I remain yours affectionate Father W. McKay"
385 Corr - McKay family - Father (Wm)
Univesity Library, University of Saskatchewan
1 physical item; 25.5 x 20.5 cm, folded in half
Division 6 - North West
RM of Frenchman Butte No. 501