Item FC 3213 L55 020.051 - 1847 (Apr) from Duncan Finlayson to Smithurst

Transcript 1847 Apr 30 - Letter from Finlayson

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1847 (Apr) from Duncan Finlayson to Smithurst

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FC 3213 L55 020.051

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  • April 30, 1847 (Creation)

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Three (3) pp + integral address. Red wax seal imprinted with a rectangular border around a partly obscured design. An oval band containing the initials “D” and “F” is visible.

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(ca. 1796-1862)

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1839 - 1844 Hudson's Bay Company Chief Factor at Fort Garry in charge of the Red River district. Finlayson moved to Lachine where he served as an HBC Agent in the district of Montreal nearly continuously from 1844-1859, upon which time he retired.

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Place: Lachine

From: Dun: Finlayson

To: Revd Inv: Smithurst, Red River Settlement

Delivery: Carried by Hudson’s Bay Company canoe brigade to the Red River Settlement.

Details: 3pp + integral address.

Notes: A letter sent by Duncan Finlayson, Hudson’s Bay Company Director, to Reverend John Smithurst. The letter details issues related to supplies of wheat, and comments on the problems of receiving publications from England. Finlayson also mentions that Reverend William Cockran spent the winter in Toronto with his family. Rev. Cockran’s children had been ill and his son John died.

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Bruce Peel Special Collections is part of the University of Alberta Libraries.

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