Item FC 3213 L55 020.021 - 1848 (Jan) from W.G. Smith to Smithurst

Transcript 1848 Jan 31 - Letter from Smith

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1848 (Jan) from W.G. Smith to Smithurst

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FC 3213 L55 020.021

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  • January 31, 1848 (Creation)

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One sheet of paper with integral address face featuring hand postal marking. Red wax seal with a six sided crest, initial "S" visible.

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HBC Assistant Secretary located in London, England.

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Place: Hudson’s Bay House, London [England]

From: W.G. Smith

To: Rev’d John Smithurst, RRS [Red River Settlement]

Delivery: Forwarded to Red River Settlement via Hudson’s Bay Company supply ship and canoe brigade, and then by courier to the Indian Settlement at Netley Creek

Details: 1 pp (letter) + 1 pp (invoice) + integral address face with hand postal marking

Notes: Hudson’s Bay Company secretary W.G. Smith offers his apologies to Rev. Smithurst. The vessel "Westminster" carrying Smithurst's ordered goods, arrived too late in the season to be unloaded before the Red River-bound boats were sent off. Consequently, very few of the privately ordered goods reached Red River before the Spring.

Smith acknowledges receiving Smithurst's letter of August 6, 1847 which was brought by the vessel "Prince Rupert" in October, 1847. He further apologizes because of an error in the charges for the last shipment. Adjustments have been made accordingly to Smithurst's balance, a copy of which is appended to the letter.

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

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