United States, Canada
September 25th, 1898
Hotel Victoria, Quebec. Lord's Day afternoon
My Beloved Angee,
Through mercy thus far on my journey and by grace preserved. It does not seem two years ago that I was in this house since which have been carried around the world. The railway journey from Halifax between 6 & 7 hundred miles was not tedious and I don't think I ever had so good a night's rest in a Pullman. Left Halifax at 4.15 pm a dear brother accompanying me to the station and reaching this City at noon y'day. In the afternoon gave most of the merchants a call which encouraged me in hoping for business tomorrow Monday morning. Called also on our bro. Mr David Smith who with his wife break bread in their house – he is a well to do gentleman but very humble and Christ like – he was out when I called but came in during my stay at his house. He has 3 sons and a daughter and with the wife of one of the sons were all present at the breaking of bread this morning, only Mr S and his wife and myself broke bread, but the others I think are believers. They kindly proffered their hospitality to remain but did not stay to dinner – D.V. I sup with them at 6 and we have another meeting at 7 – just as we did on my last visit. These are some of the mercies by the way and are very refreshing for one's soul.
Shall hope to reach Montreal now in 2 or 3 days and hope the business there may keep me for a week or 10 days. In the front page of a Montreal paper last night I saw an advertisement.
You must [try?] some of these Delicious Biscuits / celebrated English biscuits / Peek Frean & Co. / Every variety just received – prices as low as ordinary biscuits. Telephone up 1078 for a sample order / W Rourke, Queens Hall Block
I got a good order from this man on my last call, so the above is comforting as showing that he is still selling our goods. My home letters will arrive here this afternoon but are not delivered until the morning, so I must wait for the tidings and trust to get good news from your dear self that you are still gaining strength. I expect your hot weather has all passed away by this time – it is quite autumnal in this land and I feel stronger and better and don't get into so much trouble with wet shirts as in the hot weather. Am very glad of my flannel night shirts now but hardly know what I should have done without the 2 pairs Mr Daws made me which both Miss Brittan and I were unwilling to try. They are for the hot weather the best garments I have ever had and do not thicken in washing nor irritate the skin like flannel. I hope dear Arundel may be able to get a little time at Barnstaple and should he do so, I hope he will seek to profit by it in availing himself of the rest and nourishment our house may afford and I would advise him to leave his bycicle[sic] in Bristol or make it a present to some poor senseless being who wants to find a short cut to his grave. I can understand a person being benefitted who would use it wisely but to work that thing as he and some of his children do until they are exhausted is the height of folly and if they are laid up as the consequence the watchman's verdict is the right one "sarved her right".
Intend to post this letter tonight to make sure of its reaching N.Y. in time for the Wednesday's mail. If Daisy comes down trust it will be good for her and a comfort to you. The Lord Himself comfort and bless you my darling wife and with much love to you and all our loved ones believe me ever.
Your very affectionate Husband
Very kind love to dear Eunice and Eliza if they are with you also dear Martha.