[letterhead]Victoria, B.C. Aug 3d 1880 3.45. P.M.Dear Louie, The Vancouver roses are out of bloom hereabouts but I may possibly find some near [Naniamo?]. I mailed you a letter yesterday which you will probably receive with this. Arriving at Esqu[illegible]lt we hired a carriage driven by a sad eyed & sad lipped negro to take us with all our baggage to Victoria some 3 miles distant. The horses were also of melancholic aspect lean & clipper-built in general but the way they made the fire fly from the glacial gravel would have made Saint Jose & his jet bu[illegible] hide in the dust. By [illegible] of much [blunt?] praise of his team he put them to their wiry springsteel metal & we passed everything on the road with a whir cab [cart?] carriage & carryall. We put up at the Duard House & had a square or cubical meal. Put on a metallic co[illegible] to the land lord on account of the money & experience we carried, nearly scared him out of his dignity & made him give us good rooms. At 6.45 P.M. The California arrived, & we went aboard & had a chat with Hughes the purser. He at once enquired whether I had anyone[in margin: 00940]
Victoria, B. C.
1880 Aug 3
Original letter dimensions: 27 x 20.5 cm.
Reel 04, Image 0265
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