Item FC 3213 L55 020.013 - 1845 (Apr) from William Cockran to Smithurst

Transcript 1845 Apr 12 - Letter from Cockran

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1845 (Apr) from William Cockran to Smithurst

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FC 3213 L55 020.013

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  • April 12, 1845 (Creation)

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One sheet of paper with integral address face, originally sealed with red wax

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An Anglican clergyman and early missionary in Rupert's Land.

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Place: Grand Rapids [Red River Settlement]

From: Wm Cockran

To: Rev. J. Smithurst, I[ndian] Settlement

Delivery: Carried by courier, possibly on account of Church Missionary Society

Details: 3.5pp + integral address face

Notes: Reverend William Cockran writes that the thaw has made the Red River very dangerous, interrupting travel. Cockran contacted Mr. McAllum [Reverend John Macallum, headmaster of the Red River Academy] and informed him that Smithurst was unlikely to make the trip to Grand Rapids as scheduled. He also relates that importers from the United States are refusing to pay an import fee. Cockran recounts how Mr. McAllum confronted one importer, Henry Cook, whom Smithurst has also had business with, and insisted on paying the import on a purchase of bonnets or Mr. Cook could take his contraband elsewhere.

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

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