Peter to Caroline, Date Unknown

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It will be three long weeks on Saturday since I said goodbye to you all and not a word I have heard of you since, too long, is it not hard – the letter you said you wd send to Ottawa had not arrived when I left there, it will I hope be waiting for me at Victoria. God grant that you all Keep well, & that I may have a good report. I am of course greatly disappointed at not receiving a telegram I was very sanguine that Frank would have got something through Sir Michael but now I am afraid the dear lad has been disappointed, but I hope it wont be for long. Puss I trust is keeping well. do all for her that you can, why not consult some other man besides Livingston, you could do so without saying anything to him. I hope also dear one, that you have been quite well, and that you will make a point of seeing everything, dont let the expense stand your way, I have never set much value on money, except that I might have it to provide what you & the children require, but sometimes I have thought that you went about getting what you required in a expensive way, & lost a great deal of time, but that was but a trifle. so remember that the money is your own, & it will be a great disappointment if you dont use it as you please. What more can I say to remove any impression you may have formed from any remark of mine on this subject?

By the time this will reach England – you will be preparing to receive the dear wee man, it is a very great trial that I cannot be with you all – you must be sure to make his vacation a happy one, one to be ever remembered by him. I shall be most anxious to learn what arrangements you have made – particularly with regard to Frank, as should you decide on leaving London during Jack’s vacation it will be very dreary for him – more later.

I closed and posted a letter to Frank an hour ago; this moment I have received a telegram from Joe which he got from Mr. Hughes with reference to Frank going to Buenos Ayres – to which I have this moment replied to Hughes as follows “Concur. Frank go to Buenos Ayres.” Of course I know nothing except that The Admiral Mr. Hughes, Mr. Sherman & you approve – I hope it will be with Gods blessing turn out to the dear lads prosperity & happiness. Of course you drain whatever is necessary for his outfit &c &c. I so much wish I could have him on hand to assist & to bid him God speed. he has been constantly in my thoughts since I left England I felt very miserable lest he should be disappointed and thereby discouraged. I will waite with impatience to hear from you, who knows if I shall have particulars before I shall have to leave for the N. Coast. The heat is intense & the Mosquitoes very troublesome so much so that I cannot write more, as I must send this to the mail at once. I will write immediately I reach Victoria. Very kind regards to Sir Michael I fancy I can see this assistance he has rendered in this matter re Frank. If he, Frank, has left before my letter reaches England, read it & forward with my love & blessing. Time is up

God bless you all

Your always loving husband

P.O’Reilly

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It is an annoyance to me that the Telegram reached Joe – he has not I think behaved nicely about Frank and now the arrangement with regard to him will be known to all Victoria

Mrs. Dewdney begs for a photo of Frank, send her one. I hope you remember to have his likeness taken. Get one of the potato peelers – we saw at the Exhibition (the Danish) I think for Jin Win

they all send their love to you

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*1 2020 – It is probable that this page is a continuation of Peter’s letter to Caroline dated July 11, 1888.

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