Letter to Angus McKay from Charles Quinney:
Letter reading "Oak Lake Manitoba, January 13th 1888 - My dear Mr McKay, I am sure you will me unkind for not writing to you for so long, but I have been extremely busy since receiving your last nice long letter until now. You will be glad to hear that after a very long period of camp life, we have got into our new house and are fairly comfortably fixed. I have also received the appointment to the church here which is a very acceptable post, as I like the people so much. I have charge of 5 congregations, but neither of them have a church of their own yet. The most important [?] of Oak Lake have to worship in the Presbyterian Church. But we are making strong efforts to raise money enough to build a church in the coming summer. We lately held a 2 days Bazaar with concert each evening and it realized $222 and we have had other help too, and the S.P.C.A. have promised $250 and the North West Land Co. have given us 3 large town Lots, so that we are very hopeful to get nearly all we require by the coming summer. Of course with our splendid harvest, we can do more than in other years and I must say the people are very liberal, according to their means, however we shall need some outside help and I am asking all my friends for a little help. You too are on my list of "friends" and I should be glad to feel that you had a [?] or two in our building so if it is but a little [?], I shall feel thankful if you will help us in this matter/ On Thursday next I am going to give the narrative of your experiences with the Indians during the Rebellion, hoping by this to raise sufficient funds to pay the debt remaining on our Organ. I am not sure that I like the Winter down here better than Fort Pitt, the Wind is so constant and disagreeable. It has been blowing terribly for the last two days and I never saw such drifts in the N.W. as there are here. Though I do not think we have had such long snaps of cold. I was sorry poor Malcolm did not get his [?] paid and hope that your united efforts would help him to get something. I was $1000 short and had to pay $75 lawyers fees. I hope my old friend Duffrin and Francois got most of what they claimed. I see by the papers you are building upon the old spot at Fort Pitt. I hope we shall soon hear of you getting your Commission. I hope if you come East you will contrive to stay here for a train or two, you would be a very welcome guest I assure you. If you want to get good land in Manitoba pretty cheap, now is about your only chance. The land around Oak Lake is fast getting settled up. I think we shall get a great many Emigrants from the Old Country next summer. How is your Moose standing the winter? He must be a great Pet! The Pass book I asked you about was returned to me from Battleford just about the time of your last letter. You have sent quite a number of Books here [?] and I must be quite a little in your debt. Will you let me know what it is? I hope you will soon have a Clergyman of the Ch. of England at Fort Pitt. It must be rather dull having no service there on a Sunday. I have paid the allowance of $1055.00 for the church destroyed at Onion Lake to the new Bishop [?] have a little yet to pay for other buildings. Mr Brewster changed $150 for the Mission account. My little boy Albert is going on very well [?] [?] his first piece at the Christmas tree the other day and the great applause of the large audience. He was dressed in [?] for the first time and walked up to the platform like a little man. He is a very big boy for his age and has a wonderful memory. I hope your Mother is keeping well, we often think of her. I am thankful to say that we are all quite well and hope you are the same. Remember us kindly to all our friends. With kindest regards in which my wife heartily writes, Believe me Yours very sincerely, Charles Quinney"
385 Corr Charles Quinney
Univesity Library, University of Saskatchewan
3 physical items; 27 X 21 cm, folded in half;13.5 x 21 cm insert
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