Notes and Observations

O’Reilly Letters 1896–1897

Names have been spelled the same throughout the documents and the lists show the first time they appear.

Artificial letter numbers & headings have been added to provide reference points. Letter numbering is used so that the recipient could determine the order in which they were written when one or more of the parties are traveling and mail delivery may be uncertain.

Missing dates or information and artificial headings are enclosed in [ ]

Pages of the letters are separated by blank lines.

Historical events mentioned in this series include:

  • Queen Victoria’s Jubilee (Letter No. 10)
  • The collapse of the Point Ellice Bridge, Tram accident 1896 (Letter No. 10)
  • The burning of Belmont (Letter No. 8)

Kit is homesick and her parents keep encouraging her to remain, but only if she is having a good time.

They are encouraging Kit to make her own choices, at the same time telling her who to visit and what to do.

“My commissions” Kit is being presented with lists of articles to send or to bring back, items presumably that are not available in Victoria.


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This collection of letters has been digitized from an earlier transcription project and is for informational purposes only. This transcription has not been verified against the originals. Researchers interested in these letters should consult the original documents housed at the BC Archives.

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