Letter to Angus McKay from W.E. Traill:
Letter reading "Fort Vermillion 13th September 1888 - My dear Angus, I do not know how I came to have allowed your kind and welcome letter of 19th Feby to remained unanswered so long, but, so it is, I have a bad habit of putting off my letter writing until the last thing and then often find that I cannot command the necessary time so some of my friends are left out in the cold. I do not know wheter you have heard from any of us since the flood but I will not risk lettering you in case you know all about it. We had a very late Spring and a wet summer but our crops are all that could be desired altho' a trifle late in ripening. Strawberries only ripened in the latter part of July and continued until late in August. Harriet made a trifle of Strawberry Jam something over 300 lbs weight. We have supplied Chipewyan with 300 the batter[?] besides our own requirements past present and future. I have a splendid [?] so we trust to passing a tolerably comfortable winter so far as the grub pile is concerned. Harriet and the children are all well. I suppose you heard about the birth of Little Harriet on the 12 Feby. She is not beginning to crawl about and is a big fat girl with all the [?] of the Traill and McKay families boiled down and concentrated in her. Can I say more? Ethel and Jessie are very much grown since you saw them - they do not forget you and the Pet names you gave them. We were very glad to hear all the P.A. and Battleford news you have us as we never hear from William and seldom from any one at P.A. Walter has gone to Winnipeg but not to St. Johns. He will attend the Commercial College and then I do not know what he will do, but he should be ready for anything that offers. Harriet sends her love and will write next time. She is too busy with her cows and her babies to write to all the family. Hoping you are well and happy. Believe me Dear Angus, Your affect. brother W.E. Traill"
385 Corr - McKay family - Traills (sister and brother-in-law)
Univesity Library, University of Saskatchewan
1 physical item; 22.5 x 18 cm, folded in half
County of Vermillion River