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Title: Alexander Robb, Canada to his sister, [Dundonald?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileRobb, Alexander/24
SenderRobb, Alexander
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginNicola Lake, British Columbia, Canada
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT 1454/6/5: Copied by Permission of Dr. J. C. Robb Esq., MBE, MD, MCH, Cambourne Park, Belfast.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9006024
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by JM 25:10:1993.
Word Count905
TranscriptTo: Sister [Robb?], [Ireland?]

From: Sandy [Alexander Robb?],
Nicola Lake [British Columbia?] [Canada?]
September 17th 1870

My dear Sister
I received your
letter with the likenesses you sent out
by Alex McWha about four weeks ago
and it has taken me all the time since
then to make myself sure that you have
not been imposing some one's else [someone else's?] likeness
on me for yours and Sam's. Mary's I would
have known very well. What a stupid I
have been to be always calling you my
little Sister and my little pet. Why
you are a woman now and although my
reason told me long ago that you must
be one Still I had to see your likeness to
convince me fully that you were anything
else than the little girl I remember so well
And I do not think it will make you too
vain my darling (you see I cannot avoid pet-
names when I think of you) when I say that
I think that you are a very nice little girl
too, and so thinks every one [everyone?] to whom I have
shown your likenesses but that is not many
for it is not every one [everyone?] in this country I
would show my sisters likeness to I can
assure you than [that?] I am not a little proud
of my sisters. I like Sam's likeness
too, he has got a fine open honest look
about him I do not think that such a
face could belong to a person who would
be guilty of a mean action.
Many thanks my dear Sister for the socks
you so thoughtfully sent me They will
be a comfort to my soul or soles this
winter. Socks are a thing it is very difficult
to get good in this country. I pay from
three to four shillings per pair for them
and the average length of time they last
is from two to three days without holes
Tell Sam I am much obliged to
him for the knife he sent it is almost
a chest of tools in itself. Your last
letter I received two or three days ago
contained Aunt Ellen's likeness but

I suppose you concluded not to send
Franks until next time. Be sure and
do not forget and if you have got a
spare one of Andrew's send it also I want
to have the whole family.
I need scarcely say how much I have
been grieved and dissapointed [disappointed?] that neither
you nor Father could see the prosperity of
sending out some young lady for a wife for
your hopeful brother. Surely among so many
female friends as you have got you might
find one who for your sake if not for mine
would be willing to travel eight or ten thousand
miles to find a husband in the person of your
brother. As I told you before I am not
particular to a shade one way or another
so I think that the young lady you mention
under the head [heading?] of No [Number?] 3 would suit me to
a nicety. My partner got back from
Canada in the beginning of Summer and
brought a wife with him. She appears
to be quite a nice woman and I have
been more comfortable since she came here
than I have been before for a long time
We all live together for the present and
most probably will do so all Winter and
I can assure you that it quite [?] to me
to get rid of cooking and washing
Mostly on account of my partner being so
long in getting back from Canada but partly
from other reasons, I could not get to Cariboo [Caribou?]
this Summer in time to represent my claim
on account of the severity of the winter all claims
are laid over from the first of November until
the 1st of May. Of course as I was not there
at the latter time the ground was open for
any one [anyone?]. Well according to my usual luck
my claim (that is the one I had last fall)
has turned out to be one of the most likely
ones for a big thing that has been in the Cariboo [Caribou?]
Country for years. And although not one dollar
has yet come out of it nor will likely for months
yet four thousand dollars has been
offered and refused for a half interest
in it. Mr Clapperton that I wrote to you
about has returned to this country. He had not
time to go North as he intended to do. I do not
think that you would have thought him quite
so nice as you did Jim Allen but I am sure you

would have liked him very much. I liked Jim
better than any stranger I have ever met
I think that he is not only nice, but good
If any of you are writing to him give him my best
respect I am very glad to hear that Frank
has got such a good situation It is much better
than emigration and if he only tries hard to do
his duty and studies his business thoroughly he
will not only come to like it but his employers will
like him. Give my best love to father and all
the rest and believe me dearest sister Your Sandy Robb

P.S. Whoever directs my letters in future
will please not put Esq to my name
it appears to be so very ridiculous