Thanks to Brydon Brown who generously provided the original copy.

William Brydon writes from Manitoba

to James Hall, brother of his late wife

Stonewall May 14 1882

Dear Friend: I received your letter & was sorry to here that Tommie was so sick it would take him downe a great deal. I herd there was a great many cases of Dipthera downe there I gess you would befered the little fellows would get it. I had a letter from John Brydon a few days ago he said Tommie was all better now. Poor little Willie I would like to see him. I gess he can run all over now. It will be warm an dry. We have only two little showers of rain since I came here but lots of water. I thought we would be floded out in Winnipeg. The river over floed covered about half of the city. We had some bad fires some of the best building in Winnipeg was burned. A great many of them was set on fire. I do not know what for. They caught one man they was gowing to linch him. They have put on about sixty new police they stoped it a good deal. I gess you herd that I was driving a buss to the station. I drove it for six weeks it was hard to get a job. They could not get any lumber in there was nothing dowing. Its not much better yet. I had to meet trains at all hours. I meet as many through the knight as any time. Some cold knights we would have to stay at the station for hours at a time. I had a first class teem. My cusan Hume oned them he bought one of them at Tottenham last spring. They were bought for 500$. I have a new job now buying fat cattle & oxen. I am in with a young fellow from Tecumseth J. Wilson. I knowed him well before I came up here he is a nice fellow. His father lives nere Corbets Corners above Selom. He went out himself the first week he brought in 4 beef cattle & two pair of oxen. We done very with them. We started out last Munday afternoon for the place I am at today we got lost about fifteen miles from Winnipeg. We were beat there hapened to be a hay stack we had to stay there all night we got no supper. It was a dull afternoon we could not see the sun we got on the wrong trail it is an easy matter to get lost we were all wright next morning. When the sun rose we had to go 8 miles to Stonewall for our breaksfast. We bought 8 head of cattle got back to Winnipeg Thursday night sold out Friday. Started back Saturday we saw some great sight. We came to one place where the prarie was covered with wild geese we saw a herd of buffalows. There was about fifty large ones and a lot of young buffalowes calves. There was a half bred herding them it was near a place called Stoney mountain. That is where the Centrail prison is. They have gardens there the ? working their with guards over them. They are hard looking caes. We are gowing to try to get some native poneys this week. I saw Thorneburn he was in Winnipeg. Bob Ushar brought up a car load of horses. I was looking through his horses I saw Maud Leach she looks hard. Robert Leach has a good job he is in a sowing machine shop setting up machines. I hope you are getting better I wrote to Willie I have a bad cold all the time. Remember me to Mr. Cameron and all inquiring friends.

I remain your friend Wm Brydon.

Stonewall owes its beginnings to the Stonewall limestone quarries which opened in 1882.

Regarding Corbett's Corner: There's a John Corbett in Brown's Toronto City and Home District Directory. 1846-7 at lot 35 con 12 King. Lot35 Cn12 is the northwest corner of York County.

Alternately, Inglewood, Peel Co. used to be called Corbett's Mill. From 1843 when Thomas Corbett bought lots on the Credit River and erected a small woollen mill.