Letter to Angus McKay from [?] MacFarlane:
Letter reading "Private. c/o H.B. Coy. Winnipeg 15 Oct. 18994. My dear Mr McKay, I received your welcome favor of 4 October the other day. Under all the circumstance I think you did very well at [?] time - better than either Mr McDougall or yourself expected. We [?] [?] all we want and desire here below! I never though [?] the proper place for the Indian Agency. The Pas is the right position and Mr Beader[?] erred in not building there as he first intended. Did you lose any money by advances to [?] Indians? Write me fully in this regard. I am very sorry to see that with much better returns this part Outfit, your fort comes out by loss! (nearly $700.00) of course, the Chief Factors' share of salary makes a little difference - but please write me fully at once in this regard and send detailed statement of the differences caused by reduced prices of [?], produce, steel [?], repairs and other matters. Don't forget this and also give any other reasons and notes of changes made in your inventory at Cumberland House. I find similar or more results at other forts in [?] [?] loss - while no doubt we shall have it the other way, out of proportion, next Outfit. Write me fully in the foregoing and other regards please. Typhoid is very prevalent in Winnipeg and elsewhere in Manitoba. Mrs C Mathson died this [?] week after only ten days illness! You should do your utmost to have Betts[?] returned to the [?] House. He is far ahead fo the other men, who is not a persona grata. I trust to hear of Betts success at the elections 31 Oct next. It is a good thing Deschambeault did not come out. Horace has good work this winter and [?] to be [?] to render good service to the concern [?]. I wish him well and you also dear Mr McKay. After 2 weeks of very bad weather, I think we are now in for the Indian Summer. I trust so the Commissioner's family proceed to England for the winter - he goes with them as far as Montreal tomorrow. I hope you will write to me fully now and again with all the La Corne and Cumberland business. Laurier and Co are a lot of windbags - better then devil return than the [?] Devil of 1873/8! With all good wishes and kind regards to Mrs McKay, Believe me, yours ever Sincerely, [?] MacFarlane - Mr McKay Esq"
385 Corr - MacFarlane
Univesity Library, University of Saskatchewan
1 physical item; 21 x 27.5 cm
Winnipeg Capitol Region
Watermark reads: "Crane's Japanese Linen" with image of crane