Letter to Angus McKay from Scott Simpson:
Letter reading "Green Lake Post, English Riv. Dist. February 3rd 1880 - Dear Angus, I am once more settled down at this Jumping off station on the through road to - well you know where. I mean we started from Massan's on Monday morning and I was fortunate enough to fall into a cart rut and give an extra twist to my ankle consequently I had to ride more than I cared to do, as it was not what you might call sultry and oppressive, and Mosquitoes kept in the back seats. However, we made our Camp on the Muckacoos River that night and camped 10 miles from Green Lake on Tuesday night; We could have come on to the fort the same evening but for the Freighters who were camped on the road and from whom we had to get the mail bags. Fancy, we made on Monday, what it took us two days to accomplish on our way out and came within 10 miles of the place in 2 1/2 days. The Freighters all arrived after us as they persisted in following our packet road through the Woods instead of following the River as directed, however they are here and have opened out a good road for us [?] which is a great consideration on our part. This sweet place is, if anything; duller than when I left. the fat is - a man with so much intellect (you know) will, and must feel dull, when there is nobody one can associate with who has an idea beyond Horse Trading. Just grasp the idea and then tell me if you don't think it is a pity about me and my Intellect etc etc. We met Laronde near Mr Hine's Mission en route to Duck Lake. Give my kindest regards to Mrs and Miss Clarke and tell them that I am too proud to look at Fish after having inspected the contents of a certain bag, and that some people hazarded a guess that the bag contained my Commission judging from the attention I paid it en route. I am puzzling my head to think of something very cute so please imagine something that will do credit to my imagination, face it as some one remarked, there is heaps of news but it is extremely hard to get at or have pity on. Yours faithfully, W. Scott Simpson. I am starting a very big ring on Coal Oil will you or your friends put in a few hundred - W. Scott. - don't laugh - "
385 Corr - Scott Simpson
Univesity Library, University of Saskatchewan
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