Letter to Angus McKay from William Kennedy:
Letter reading "May 23rd 1880, My dear old Angus, I suppose you have, bu this time [?] forgotten that there is any such person as N. T.B.K. in existence, and no wonder. I however have not yet forgotten that there is such a distinguished personage as Angus McKay Esq. still living to honor Carlton House with his presence as this letter proves. I have often wondered during the past year which of us was the worse. The year, commencing August 1st 1879, began with strong protestations on both sides, that a good and continued correspondence should ensue between myself and thee, most noble Angus. Time has shown how these good resolves have been kept. I write a letter and send off to you by mail a set of razors, about the middle of September 1879. I get the answer to my letter and receipt for the razors about the 2nd of January 1880. Then I write an answer to you immediately thereupon, but I leave it unfinished in my mothers desk which she sends away to you in its unfinished state: and at that point all correspondence drops. Don't you that this is a truthful statement of the facts of the case? Well then who do you think is the more at fault? We'll say that we are about six of one and half a dozen of the other, and then we quit. Will that satisfy you? I guess we both consider letter-writing a horrid nuisance, and that lies at the bottom of the whole affair. But at any rate you ought to let a fellow know how you are getting along once in a while at least. Perhaps it's because you think that you have no news to tell me of. That doesn't matter. You have a knack of inventing news as it were, and you always make your letters enjoyable to read owing to that ever-flowing fountain of whit and humor which you possess. So then you must write sometimes (indefinite) and I will do the same. Don't abstain from writing because you hate corresponding with religious persons. I am not a "parson" yet and till then, I give you open freedom of speech. Well old fellow I suppose you would very much like to know what I am doing with myself now-a-days: whether I am still the same indolent and stupid old Kennedy you knew in days of yore. Well I am not quite so lazy as I used to be - although certainly I don't rise till eight o'clock in the morning. I am working at Classics and Mathematics. I intend going up for Honors in both subjects. Don't you wish me joy and success? Next summer I am going up for the Final Exams for B.A. MacLennan or as we fondly style him Micawher - is going in for Classics your brother Jimmie and Alfred and Davie are going up for the Previous Exam in a weeks time I fully expect that Jimmie will be the Bronze Medalist of the University this year. I had a letter from "Scout" a few weeks ago, in which he says he should very much like to come back here again, enter the Univ. and study Mathematics, although he says he has forgotten nearly all the maths that he once knew. I'll bet you thought if Scout were to come back again, he would do credit to this old institution in the shape of maths. By jove I think you ought to write to him Angus. He is at Fraser's Lake, New Caledonia, B. Columbia. He is in charge of two posts in that district. He tells me that he lives alone at the post at Fraser's Lake in a large house with no other occupant but himself, and that there is no one there who can talk English to him. He says that he is lonely, but that the has any account of hunting to compensate for his loneliness. If you do write put the above address on the envelope and write via Quesuelle and send the letter down to Winnipeg. I say a few weeks ago I had a letter from your noble brother Gilbert, which he closes by telling me that "his wife joins him in kind regards" or something to that effect. Is he really married? and if so who is it to? He ends a letter to McLennan in something the same manner, and from that I infer that he is married. But he may be only joking. Your epistle of last winter made me at our time suspect that your worthy bro was my 2nd cousin-in-law and that you therefore were a little closer connected to us than by this tie of forty-fifth of fiftieth cousinship; but I afterward reflected upon your quizzical and jovial disposition, and I therefore reject the [?]. You will be surprised to hear that the Rev. [?] Pinkham is to be married on the 24th of next month, and also that Prof. Bourue M.A.; A.I.M.; C.E.; D.L.S; T.C.D. and the devil knows what else besides, has already dabbled in matrimony. And now I must close, as it is getting late. Be sure and write soon, like a good fellow as I am dying to hear from you. Give my love to Mr and Mrs Taylor and all her family, and Believe me Ever your faithful friend, Wm. T.B. Kennedy"
letters (correspondence)friendscolleges (institutions)
385 Corr - William Kennedy
University Library, University of Saskatchewan
2 physical items; 25.5 x 20.5 cm, folded in half
Winnipeg Capitol Region
Illegible watermark due to writing - letterhead reads "In Thy Light Shall We See Light - St. John's College Rupert's Land"