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Title: Alexander Robb, British Columbia, To [Susanna?], Dundonald
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileRobb, Alexander/5
SenderRobb, Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNicola Lake, British Columbia, Canada
DestinationDundonald, Co. Down, N.Ireland
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT.1454/5/13: Copied by Permission of Dr J C Robb Esq, M.B.E., M.D., M.C.H., 21Cambourne Park, Belfast. #TYPE EMG Alexander Robb, Nicola Lake, [Lytton, British Columbia?] To His Sister [Susanna?], Dundonald, Belfast, Co. Down, Ireland. 23 May 1871.
ArchivePublic Record Office Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.8911110
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Log30:11:1989 GC created 04:07:1990 JMR input 06:07:1
Word Count998
TranscriptNicola Lake
May 23rd 1871
My dear Sister
Your very welcome
letter came to hand about three weeks ago and
as I am going to Start for Lytton (our post
office) to day I will take the opportunity of
answering it. Just fancy, It will take me
three days to go down and as many more to come
back, and yet this is the only way unless by
a chance that we have of communicating with
the outside world. We did expect to have a
direct mail of our own before this time and the
Legislative Assembly actually granted us [?]
for carrying a mail but it appears that
the Governor vetoed the vote as he had no
money to spare for that purpose. You may
possibly have heard that by a vote of the
Parliaments of Canada and this country we
now belong to the Dominion of Canada or will
be as soon as the home Government gives its
assent to the bill, which we expect will be
about the month of June of [or?] July. Great benefits
are expected by some people from the change
and although I am not so sanguine as some
are still I have no manner of doubt but that
it will do some good. Among other benefits
we expect to derive from Confederation is that
of having the full management of our own local
affairs of which we are in a great measure
deprived under the present form of Govern-
ment. You see that our present assembly, or
Parliament is composed of only one third of
what we call popular members: that is those
who are appointed by the people, while the
remaining two thirds are what is called of[f?]icial
members and are appointed by the Governor
and are totally irresponsible to the people at
large. It is very easy to see to what abuses
such a system is likely to give rise of course
where people have the voting of their own saleries [salaries?]
it is only likely that they will have good ones
and the officials certainly do rate their
services at a very high figure considering
what they have to do, while it is scarcely possible
for any measure however necessary it may
be for the good of the country to pass through
the Assembly if it interferes in any way
with the interests of these Gentlemen. Under
Confederation we expect these abuses will
be done away with. All the members of
the Legislature will be elected by the
People and it will be own [our?] own faults if
we do not get laws to suit ourselves.
Another benefit which we are to derive from
joining ourselves to Canada is that in the
terms of Confederation the Government of Canada
binds itself to commence a railroad from
Canada to the Pacific Coast within two years
and finish it inside of ten. Most people
think that the road will be completed in
a little over half that time and I understand
that a party of surveyors have arrived already
from Canada to look out for the best route
for the proposed line. It is just possible
that they may bring the road through this
valley and at any rate it cannot miss us
by more than fifty miles and we think
nothing of that distance in this country
Go where it will it will be of immense
benefit to everyone as the very money which
will be spent in its construction will be a
big item among such a small population
as this colony has got. While the stimulus
it will give to industry of all kinds will
be of incalculable value to us.
I am very sensible my dear Sister that this
must appear to be a very strange kind of
letter to write to you but I really have not
got anything to say that I think would
interest you. I am and have been in good
health and with ordinary good luck I think
that in two or three years more I will be -
not indeed rich or anything like it - but at
least out of debt and indepen[den?]t and you may
be sure that the first use I will make of
the first money I can get a hold of will be
to take me where I can eat my Xmas [Christmas?] dinner
with you. Poor Andrew appears to have had a
narrow escape of it I cannot tell you how thank
full [thankful?] I am that he has got better. it would
have been such a blow on Father and all of you
had anything serious happened to him. How is
John The last letter I had from him he appeared
to be very poorely [poorly?] but I think that some of you would
have let me know had he not been any better -
In your next letter be sure and let me know how he is
many thinks for Franks Carte [de visite?] What a big fellow
he has got to be. It makes me think myself quite
old to look at him. I hope that he is doing well
and giving satisfaction in his present situation
My object in going to Lytton now is to take down some butter
and get things from the store. It is a very unpleasant
trip at this season, as the snow is melting on the mountains
and the Creeks and rivers are very high. Fortunately
there is now a bridge across the worst and largest river
Last year I had to ride my horse and make him swim
across it and I do not dare about taking such risks
oftener than is necessary. as it is both a wide and rapid
river larger I should think than the Shannon (that is
at this season at other times it is quit easy to cross
almost any where. Give my love to Father and
all at home. [?] to all my friends and believe me dear
sister Your loving brother Alexander Robb