Letter to Angus McKay from Charles Quinney:
Letter reading "Oak Lake Manitoba Jen 6th 1887, My dear Mr McKay, your letter of April 8th has just reached me and I have also received a letter and a large batch of papers [?] you have had the kindness to reforward and thank you much for all. The Merchants Bank say the forwarded my Pass book to Pitt last Winter, but I have never received it and should very much like to find it, have you seen anything of it? We have been here 6 weeks and like the place and people very much. They have made application for me to be appointed their Clergyman here and by their their request I too have applied to the Executive Committee for the post, which will be decided after the Bishop's return. I have written to some of your clergy for letters Testimonials - the poor old Bishop promised me his [?] [?] which I refused, or rather I did not [?] to get it before I returned to England. You have [?] and been associated with me for some time and a live from your might stand well in every favour. My Wife and baby and niece and also two young gentlemen are with me on my place but the fact of not having our claims from the Govt. keeps us from making very much progress. I hope they will shortly cheer our hearts by paying us our losses. We have a very pretty place 3 miles West of Oak Lake Station and 300 yards from the Railway. We have on our place lots of wood, water, grass and tillable land, so as far as the location goes "our lives are cast in pleasant places", but we have neither horse nor cow nor are we likely to have until our funds increase. I have a garden with plenty of potatoes and vegetables in and about 4 acres of barley. I have also [?] the kitchen portion of my house and [?] a good well. So you seen our advances are working great. I had a trip to Regina last week on Lone Man's trial - I saw Mr Halpin there and he turned round and defended the Indian after giving previous evidence against him - Sakamou[?] said he was a prisoner and saw Lone Man, all the time the firing was going on and that Lone Man's uncontrollable horse brought him to fall over the Wounded Policeman. I made Sakamou[?] own that he carried a gun all the while he was in Camp and that he was at the fight at Cut Knife Hill. I have some little things to send to the Onion Lake Indians when I have an opportunity. I am glad to hear good news of the Mann's especially of Mr Mann's promotion. Please kindly remember us to them. You must think a great piles of your Moose, you ought to make a good price of it when you sell it. Our only pets are 1 Rooster, 5 Hens, 2 Ducks and I useless Dog. I had 2 Pigeons and one got away the 1st day and the other got out a few days after and I cut short his retreat with the gun. We have lots of game here but cannot get much just now. We had a very happy time with our friends in England, it was well worth 7 years in the North West to spend Six Months such as we had. Our baby will be 2 years on the 21st. Instant which we will be kept by all the Nobility as it is the Queen's Jubilee[?] the [?] is Boss of the whole outfit. He is really the biggest boy I ever saw for his age. Remember me kindly to Mr Duffren and Francois. I must now close with kind regards and every best wish in which wife heartily writes. Believe me, yours very sincerely Charles Quinney"
385 Corr Charles Quinney
Univesity Library, University of Saskatchewan
3 physical items; 20.5 x 25.5; folded in half, 12.5 x 20.5 insert
Rm of Sifton