Letter to Angus McKay from [?] MacFarlane:
Letter reading "c/o H Bay Company, Winnipeg 28 May 1898 - My dear Mr McKay, We were sorry to learn from your letter of 19 May of the death of "Barrie", one of the Fortescue twins. I am sure the parents will feel this loss for many a day, and the surviving brother must be inconsolable. [?] I bless this heavy [?] done and all of the family! The Cumberland [?] of today must call for especially built [?] for the [?] river [?] seeing that Mr McDougall's presence and Superintendent leave is now required annually at Prince Albert!!! Better come there on a real case rather than on a [?]! But the matter concerns me not, one may or the other. [?] [?] me lots of [?] Cumberland [?] when you write again. I am a long white interested in the welfare of my old [?]! I guess there will be a decline in [?] there as elsewhere for the [?] 1897. Prices are [?] better and that will help the balance sheets. I hear that Henry has given up the [?] of proceeding to the [?] this season. This may be for the best, altho' no doubt money is to made up there [?] many these years. [?] expects [?] Dawson with [?] [?], George Bannerman, [?] [?] and Massy Baker, about 7 or 8 of June. [?] hears that his claims on the Dunker Creek were in good shape, and that one of them (now being developed I labor paid) was [?] on well! Billy did not accompany his brother and will be going to Dawson later on. Hunter [?] of [?] has offered $30.000 for his claim on Sulphur Creek; [?] as he hopes to secure as much from this openings [?]! No doubt, many of the Winnipeg and Selkirk [?] will do well on the Yukon and among them I hope your brother [?] and sons also. M [?] I think is going to the Yukon shortly on a [?] visit. At [?] he goes as far as [?] Lake. The Commissioner was in Victoria later. Mr Bissett was here this week on a visit to his son. He had been to the Coast for several weeks. I regret to hear that Mr [?] [?] [?] beer his [?] with. I feared as much, altho' he is no politician. Has Herbert his son come much in fur trading this year? How much to the HBCo get for their Cumberland House mail contract! That much for the [?] addition [?] Who is running same for the Company? What is Gordon doing now? Why does he not go [?] [?] [?] the MacKenzie River District? The [?] rush has greatly cooled for the present; but mark my works, it will be better than ever when the [?] of the season's gold washup becomes known. I think you should charge your [?] in the [?] [?] but you may defer this until next month when I write you as to the [?] of the present investigation. By the way, has Tom Campbell gone to the Yukon gold fields - it was reported in Winter that he was going this opening. With all good wishes and kind regards to Mrs McKay and yourself, Believe me yours ever sincerely, [?] MacFarlane - Angus McKay Esq."
McKay - Box 2 - Angus McKay - Folder 1 - Book 2
Univesity Library, University of Saskatchewan
2 physical items; 22.5 x 18 cm
Winnipeg Capitol Region