Letter to Angus McKay from C. Garson:
Letter reading "Carlton march 22nd 1884 - Dear Angus, Yours of the 15th Feb came to hand all [?]. I had a letter from Davison on Saturday and he says that the Company's mill was burned to the ground on the evening of the 18th and they saved a good deal of stuff out of her about 1000 bush wheat and 40 sacks of flour was burned the machinery is all useless except the boiler they think it might go again the fire only lasted about an hour and a half have not heard any thing as to the cause but I believe it started in the upper story or roof. I expect that you will have seen the Governor before you get this as he is to come from Edmonton down the river. The spring packet has just come in from the north I had a letter from McIntyre. Franklyn and Scott they are kicking and Scott has gone and taken to himself a wife (hurrah) how's that for high it does not do for engaged young ladies to come in amongst the H.B. young me I see a letter fro him addressed to you so I suppose he will give you all the particulars. McIntyre is writing for more cartridges also Franklyn they will keep a team of Horses hauling out to them the clock was taken to arrive at Prince Albert by Mr Clark I told him who it was from I have written to Quappelle about the gun should it arrive in time to send out by [?] I will forward it. Davison says he is going to Canada to get married after Mr Clarke's arrival he wants to sell some of his town lots cheap to raise the needful do you want any? as for my self I am going to try double harness this spring if I can get liberty from the Governor and find any one fool enough to [?] to. Word has also come by the packet that J.A. Brown who went out to McKenzie River last summer died of congestion of the lungs on the 16th of January. Poor fellow his race has been short. We have been doing very little int he trading this last 2 months but now as the warm weather is on I hope we may be able to do a little better the snow is almost all gone here and water on the river. I had a letter from Guss[?] by the winter Packet him and Littleberry was both at Chipewyan I will [?] up all the old novels around and send to him Littleberry is expecting his wife out this summer so Athabasca is going to take the lead in society. Remember me to Stanley and tell him he should draw back the skin on the tower hold of the canon when he goes to fire it off again. The Prince Albert Merchants are finding winter pretty hard it is very dull down there. I am glad to hear that Gilbert is started out afresh he will get along alright. The Indian Agent had a lot of Indians hauled up for gambling last week. [?] fined them $1.00 each and [?] they don't like it a little old Mistawasis is very unpleased about it. Hoping to hear from you soon again. With best wishes I remain Yours faithfully C. Garson"
385 Corresp - Garson
Univesity Library, University of Saskatchewan
1 physical item; 40.5 x 25 cm, folded in half
Division 5 - North Central
RM of Duck Lake No. 463
Watermark reads:"Pirie's Old Style"