The Cyples Family
Letters from the New World
19th March 1947
In my last letter I suggested that you gain as much knowledge as you can regarding plastering.
In Canada as well as England a mechanic in the building trades is generally unwilling to assist another man to learn his trade as he wants the smallest number engaged in his trade kept to a minimum it would therefore be much the best if you could acquire enough skill and knowledge of the work there to pass yourself off as a plasterer on your arrival here.Then on arrival here take a job to start as a helper till you get accustomed to the methods here.(This trade is not so difficult as it may seem).
Now if you were to contact a plasterer there, tell hm that you have a passport already but that on arrival in Can. you wish to follow the plasterer's trade. Since you would not be remaining in England to compete there with other plasterers he should be willing to instruct you in every way possible for a consideration----either for a small sum of money or perhaps one would need a house since you will be vacating yours or again perhaps the chance to acquire some of the household goods that you will be disposing of before you leave.
There is no plastering trade schol here but if there is one there tho then by one means or another gain all the knowledge and practice at it that you can.Iknow that speed and good workmanship come only with practiceYet it is easily learned and by some means acquire enough knowledge and enough practice so as to make the claim that you are a plasterer plausible.
Do not depend on memory but jot down all points to remember in a note book for future reference.
Its so important that I am writing this special letter.