Letter to Angus McKay from [?] MacFarlane:
Letter reading "Private Cumberland House 14 April 1894, My dear Mr McKay, The Mail Carriers started early yesterday morning and as the Weather since has been beautifully cold, I hope they will get about or nearly halfway tonight. If they get in on Sunday or Monday, you will I am sure, lose no time in dispatching them as early as possible, with all of the mail matter there on hand. We cannot wait for the mail of Thursday next - it can come lately the Scow. I also hope that Louis Jourdain the Bearer hereof will reach La Corne, in time to have the Mail carry same to Prince Albert - I mean the letters which will be found enclosed along with this, to your address. If you have not, as I wished, sent [?] Galbraith's letter before, better send [?] herewith and the others for him at once by land to P.A. by the aforesaid Lumberland letter bearers, who will thus gain a day or so on the Mail. In that case, and you find that the scow is to be built [?[ and [?] at La Corne, write M Galbraith to have this man Jourdain employed to give help in the building thereof, and thus utilize his paid for services. He will also suit to bring from here the scow and cargo - one or two men [?] be sent by you to [?] P.A. (if considered the best plan) in time - but not too soon - to join the scow when ready for her cargo. If we are to freight the S.D.[?] Potatoes [?] 3 men will be ample for the trip from P.A. to Cumberland and if the scow be small 2 men with John Sahys in a small canoe, ought to suffice for every needful purpose and prove quite capable of keeping up with and perhaps (John I mean sure) keeping in advance of him when when we [?] on the lines already indicate in my letters of the the other day. If you have an [?] shift much as [?], why send some [?[ scow, as there may not be enough from Prince Albert. I also wish you to send me a good pipe and a stem (1 inch)[?] for D.MacKay. Send it special in the Mail to my address, charged to Cumberland [?] [?] not cost more than a dollar or thereabouts. By the way, don't send by scow the Hines bales[?] on hand at La Corne, except steamer - but ship all of the other [?] J.D. and mission and C. Property - everything. Write me very [?] please scow and send for lists as [?] And don't forget the Enos Fruit Salts, if you omitted some [?] April mail. Louis and Co. with the scow, will come on direct to Pemmican Portage and J. Sahys will go and the "Cast off" and [?] the Cumberland people he will meet there and in close make [?] Master Fish and Company. He will pick up some fur no doubt. But sooner or later he will have to retire beaten, little all of his [?] from the Cumberland District. That is as soon as the Sun shines in the [?] and you will tell him so that you meet liver[?]! I don't think I an add much here to having written you so fully at Alber. With all good wishes and kind regards to Mrs MacKay [ie McKay] and yourself, Believe me, I am ever sincerely [?] MacFarlane - A. McKay Esq."
385 Corr - MacFarlane
Univesity Library, University of Saskatchewan
2 physical items; 21 x 27.5 cm
Written over black in in red ink reads: " [?] When Jourdain goes to P.A. it will then be time enough to send the parcel for Major Colton to him - and he could deliver same at the Barracks along with the letter now forwarded for the Major - [?] MacFarlane"