January 1, 1919

letter of January 1, 1919 from Mr. A. L. Trousdale in Auckland, N.Z., to Rob Anglin (1233) in Kingston

                                                                                                   18 Domett Ave, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand

Dear Mr. Anglin:

I suppose this is and isn't a surprise to you. I intending writing before but have been too busy to write to anyone.

I was not just bluffing when I said I was coming to this beautiful country. We arrived in Auckland just before the New Year. I like it very much here. I expect you will be along here one day. There are plenty of openings for garages in this country as it is still a young country and everyone wants a car and not all have them. You know they have no snow here and you can motor the whole of the year. The roads are not very wonderful.

Now for the "buss." I have paid a deposit on a farm and I am having to scratch up every penny to make my first payments. The one I make now is all right but I have given my note for a part of it which falls due the 31st of May. I have counted on getting my money out of the car to help me with that payment. I must have it by then or good prospect of it within thirty days or I am beaten.

Farm land is much higher here than in Canada. And of course I hadn't much to start with as I did not sell my farm at Sydenham.

I am counting on $350 at least from the car sent to me. I hope I will not be disappointed. Of course I would appreciate every cent over that, that you can get for me. Please do your best for me. I have every confidence in you. That is why I left it just the way I did. If you sell it in May you could take the money to the Bank of Montreal and they will cable it with the balance of my account. That is if you sell it during May up to the 26th. But should you sell it before the 1st of May you could send me a draft on the Bank of New South Wales, Auckland. I guess the better way would be to take it to the Bank of Montreal as then there would be no danger of missing the mail and my not getting it until too late.

Please let me know how things are going with you and what the prospects are by return of mail. I thank you for the way you treated me while I was with you. You always gave me a good fair break and one appreciates that very much.

                                                                          Hoping to hear from you soon
                                                                                       Best regards to Mrs Anglin and the others
                                                                                                    I am
                                                                                                             Yours truly
                                                                                                                           A. L. Trousdale

P.S. The above address will always find me.

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