The following letter was transcribed for us by Mike Salmon, firstname.lastname@example.org from his collection of Prince Edward Island Covers.
Part of folder letter addressed to Honble E. Palmer, Ch Town
From Mr Charles Clay 23 November 1861 (Postmark Lehr P7) Rate 4 pence paid with two 2d rose perf. 9 stamps
---- before His Excellency in Council and trust that you will still be my friend and see that it gets a thorough investigation, if the Govt. are determined to serve me worse than any other one on the lot I must allow it to go to the hammer, when I feel confident I shall get it at the first bid. For I feel certain that no one in Kings County covet (what to them would be a worthless mill site) so much that they would dare to bid a hard earned roof off of my head and turn my helpless children out of house and home, in the face of at least one hundred of my truest friends. I only hestitate to have it set up at auction because I dred the consequences in the event of some scoundrel being bold enough to bid against me (but remember I do not ??? loosing the place) I enclose Mr Goffs reasons for not signing the report, and also a copy of the agreement Taylor entered into with my father which I think will prove to your satisfaction that my father owns the best share of this wonderful mill-site.
Please understand that I put all my hopes in what you, Col. Grey and Mr Longworth will do for me and trusting to the justice of my cause.
Your very Obt. Sevt
P.S. I have given you my opinion of Messers McAuly & Andrews frankly but in confidence C.C.
Externally marked from Mr Chas. Clay (Price of his land)
Owner’s note double rate letter (four pence) because of enclosures mentioned in text.
The only Clays found on maps in Kings County are in Lot 55.