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Title: Samuel Bruce, Quebec to James [Bruce, Belfast?].
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBruce, Samuel Jr/16(1)
SenderBruce, Samuel Jr
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationfisherman & hunter
Sender Religionunknown
OriginQuebec, Canada
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientBruce, James
Recipient Gendermale
SourceT 2919/1/38: Copied by Permission of Michael R. Bruce Esq., Corriewood, Castlewellan, Co. Down.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.9405083
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 03:05:1994.
Word Count618
TranscriptMingan Post - July 9th 63

My Dear James,
I came down to the post this
morning and find I will have a chance
of sending a letter so I write you a few
lines to let you know how I am getting
on. I am having very good sport
myself but neither Lambton or [Bramsten?]
have done much as yet. I have myself
killed 64 fish the others 55 between them
the day before yesterday I had a first
rate day - I killed 12 fish all but one over
10 lbs. We are now in want of rain
and till we have some I am afraid we
will not get many more fish - I have
got into the way of tying flies and kill more
fish on my own flies than on any others
We have had two or three rows with
Indians down here and were almost
into a fight with them indeed we did
fire on them but took care not to hit
any one - we shot through a canoe
they had been setting nets at the mouth
of the river and would not take them up
so we went and took them up and gave
them to the H.B.C. officer in command here
to keep till the magistrate came round.
We also cut up a net that was too
large to bring away with us - a few nights
afterwards a large party of Indians armed
came up in canoes and began to spear
salmon within sight of our camp - we
had suspected something and had set
a guard so we all got up loaded
our guns and went at them - We
fired over their heads but after
their lights were out we must have
hit a canoe as the next morg [morning?]
it had a hole right through it
most likely a pistol shot which
had dropped short - We came down
the post the next day and found
all the Indians in a dreadful
[state?] and getting away as quick
as possible - So I suppose we will
have no more trouble now -
I told you all about my plans in
my last letter as near as I could. I
think we will leave this about the
29th of July and go straight to
Quebec in a steamer which is to
call here about that time. I shall
stay 3 or 4 days in Quebec to get
my things together and shall then
go to New York and after I have
seen it take the first steamer
home - so that I hope to get home
early in September. I got your
letter of the end of May - you seem to
have cut Long altogether in the
[horse?] line - is there any [?] [row?]
between you and him that I should
not buy from him - for I would
certainly rather buy a [horse?] from him
than from any one else, is Stafford
still with him - I do not know at
all what I shall do all Winter
with myself. If I knew of any farms
I could go to in a good hunting country
I think I should go there - but I
can of course settle nothing till I
have been at home a while - I
must close now as I must go
back to camp. By the bye stick
to Sam to pay that interest it
is a [damned?] shame his not paying
it - have you got the balance
against me at the Bank cleared
off get out the money in the
funds. Remember me to Robt [Robert?] -
What is Wm [William?] Robt [Robert?] at this year
Love to all at the Farm
Ever your affec [affectionate?] [b--?] [brother?]
Saml [Samuel?] Bruce

9 July 1863
Saml [Samuel?] Bruce