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Title: Alexander Robb, New Westminster to Eleanor, [Ireland?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileRobb, Alexander/14(2)
SenderRobb, Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationjust finished a job cutting a waterditch
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNew Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 1454/5/8: Copied by Permission of Dr J. C. Robb Esq., M.B.E., M.C., M.C.H., Cambourne Park, Belfast.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9006035
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 07:02:1994
Word Count916
TranscriptNew Westminster
                            June 4th 1863
My dear Sister
I received your letter
dated March about three weeks ago I
could not answer it any earlier for the
simple reason that where I was then I
could neither get pens ink or papers I
was then working on Burrows Inlet an arm
of the sea that comes in about 8 miles from
there.  Three other parties and I took the
contract of cutting a waterditch for a saw
mill [sawmill?] about eleven weeks ago and we only got
it finished last week Ive made pretty
well of it averaging nearly 12 Shillings
per day and board which is considered
good wages in this part of the Country
I just wish you could see what kind
of a place we had to run it through
Of course it was all through the woods
"and such woods" You may remember a little
song that commenced "Some love to roam
through the dark sea foam
When the wild winds whistle free
But a chosen band on the mountain land
And a life in the woods for me
Now Eleanor you may just put it down for
a dead certainty that the fellow who
wrote that song was either a fool or had
never saw any more woods than is contained
in a gentlemans park  You can have no possible
idea what a forest is in its prim-tive [primitive?] state
In the first place the trees grow almost as
thick as they can stand, and such trees why
the largest I ever saw at home were
mere waking [walking?] sticks in comparison  They run
from three to five [ten?] and very often 15
and sixteen feet in diameter and from two
to three hundred feet in height I think it
is Sam Slick who says that it is impossible
to look at the falls of Niagra [Niagara?] without thinking
of a cotton mill and I am sure I cannot look
at one of those monsters without thinking
of David Grainger. Then fancy that those
fellows have been tumbling down for centuries
and are lying in every stage of rottenness
some places three and four deep add to this
a thick growth of underbrush and you can
just fancy what pleasure one would have

with "a chosen band" in such a place why three
miles walk is enough to tire one thoroughly
for two days  You may guess its pretty bad
when it scares even Canadians who I sometimes
think are born with an axe in their hand
    I think it very singular that you have
not had a letter from me before you wrote
as I wrote to you immediately after I came
down country the week before Christhmas [Christmas?] I think
it was and also once since that.  I had a letter
from John the day before I started for the Inlet
it was the first intimation I had of the death
of poor James it also told me of Uncle Whites death
I meant to have written to John immediately after
I went there but could get not an opportunity. John
will think it very ungrateful of me and I
would not like to have him think so as
he is a man whom I esteem and admire as
much for a friend as I love him as a brother
You can just tell him that I will write
to him in about three weeks from now
I also mean to write to Frank McRoberts
at the same time Tell Frank I expected
a letter from him before this and if he has
not written to do so immediately on pain of
my heaviest displeasure.  The same mail
that brought your last letter also brought
one from R. Murdoch inclosing one from
[Alex?] Robb.  I was very glad to get them
especially Ellens.  I write to her by this
mail.  Dear Sister I don't think that
I will go up country this summer as I
am afraid I [torn]ll [will?] not have enough money
do so with any prospect of success  The
four of us however who are in company are thinking
of sending up two of the party to prospect a
claim for next season.  The two that remains
below to give an equal quantity of money and work
down here and try and make as much as will
keep the others next winter in case the [they?] should
come down broke  Two of the party are Californian
miners and very decent steady men so of
course it will be them will be sent  whether
this arrangement will stand good or not I
cannot tell but I think it will.  In the mean
time I am going out to the Inlet to work for
a month or two and then I mean to cut
hay plenty of which grows on the banks of
the Frazer and for which a good market

can be had in Victoria  I dont know that
I have any thing [anything?] more to say although I
am almost ashamed of my short letters after
getting your fine long ones  Give my best love
to Father tell him I expect a letter from him
in your next To Lizzie Mary -ana Andrew
John Martha and the rest of them at home
Give my love to Aunt Ellen tell her I would
sometimes like to spend a Saturday night
with her & all my old friends I need
not mention their names for you know them
And believe me dear Eleanor
Your affect [affectionate?] brother
Alex Robb