Letter to Angus McKay from [?] MacFarlane:
Letter reading " Private - Hudson's Bay Company. Cumberland House 2 April 1894 - My Dear Mr McKay, Your letter of 17 March got here three days before the mail - they were certainly a long time on the way! I am surprised that Captain Dunlop does not [?] up - he must surely be close at hand by this time! I long for more and later news! The new priest started for Pelican [?] last week. Mr [?] Crumm and Corporal Connor accompanied him on some Scrip Business. Major Colton certainly made a wonderfully quick trip to La Corne and Prince Albert. I wish he had been able to visit the [?] Indian Reserve when he was here. I guess you'll find the spring late enough. We have had a very large quantity added to the previous enormous pile, since my [?] was here, and there has been no thaw yet, altho' the weather is mild today. I hope the Indian will exert themselves fully this spring in hunting [?], Bear and Beaver. As the Indian often is this spring, calling in the Indians from their hunts to their Reserves in order to [?]! I [?] there would be many Musquash[?] [?] for Bob [?] shen he comes down after the ice! If that man does not later regret his folly, I shall be very much astonished. He [?] not make a fortune if he [?] the bulk of the river [?] [?] [?]! I earnestly hope your Indians may pay up and do well in wiping out all debt balances this spring. [?] come out well this outfit, I anticipate no trouble in getting an increase of [?] for the next contract. I am going in hard for this in one time. I know when to do so, while those asked Mr McDougall to ouftit my accommodations. When the Indians put down crops or [?] work hard, I presume that they receive - i.e. the workers more [?] than is enter in Mr Gordon's list? Thanks for his attention and kind regards to him at the same time. If the Government give due attention to Tariff Reform and [?] Scrip (I wish you would write strongly to Mr MacDonnell on this scrip questions for I know what promises here made and not [?] in 1891 and this will lose many votes - perhaps the Seat itself!). I believe Mr MacDonnell would beat Newlands[?] or any of the [?]: [?] maybe otherwise under different circumstances. In future I must again remind you that Liquor coming for Carter in this District, from the H.B.Coy, Prince Albert, which I have freshly sanctioned, this only should be forwarded here by the Mail Carriers, or other H.B. conveyance. [?] [?] that one must refer to these orders. I can trust Horace, McDonald, King, Houston[?], Halcron, McLear, Haight and Beatty with liquor - but some of the others cannot have any without using it up as quickly as they possibly can - and to the neglect too often of their duty to the Company! This is [?] [?] the same very annoying and unpleasant to me. With kind regards to Mrs McKay Yours ever sincerely [?] MacFarlane. A McKay Esq."
385 Corr - MacFarlane
Univesity Library, University of Saskatchewan
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