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Recruitment from the Isle of Lewis, Scotland [quotation]

53 Church Street
19th July 1906

The Reverend D. McCallum
Manse of Lochs

Revd Dear Sir,

We have been asked to send out to the Argentine six good shepherds on a five (5) years engagement. The rate of wages are £55 for 1st Year, £60 for 2nd Year, £65 for the 3rd, 4th and 5th Years with the usual allowances. Each shepherd would be required to take out two dogs with him. The men to supply the dogs themselves and of course will be their own property. The cost of taking out the dogs would in the first instance be paid by us but would be deducted from the men’s wages. The dogs most suitable would be from 1 to 2 years old and short haired as the climate is somewhat warm. It would pay the men to take the dogs with them as the pups would be valuable.

The place is Comodoro Rivadavia in the neighbourhood of Camarones and the climate is delightful. The company is a new one in which our good friend Mr Menendez has large interests.

We have a long list of applicants and there are several from your district, the last two we had being Malcolm Macdonald 35 Leurbost and Norman Maclean 47 Leurbost.

If you can recommend us six good reliable men who would provide and bring the pups with them we would give them a preference.

In any case we will be glad to hear from you.

Yours faithfully
[signature missing]

Thanks: Jessie Imrie
Last updated: 23-II-2005