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Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919 South Africa
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Attached letter from Alice H. Farish

A handwritten letter from Alice Farish, Marie's letter, sent to SBS and enclosed with Marie's letter to Sam of January 9th, 1902. Alice is writing from Denver, Colorado and her letter is dated January 3rd, 1902.

Farrish, Alice

Attached letter from Aunt J.J. to A.M. Jarvis

An attached handwritten letter from A.M. Jarvis's Aunt J.J. Harwood Steele notes that the aunt talks about the fine reputation of Strathcona's Horse, and mentions Lord Dundonal's impending visit. He also says that the aunt's return address of "Charlecote Park" is associated with Shakespeare.

Jarvis, A.M.

Boer War Intelligence Map

A Boer War intelligence map for the Lydenburg District detaililng Boer Commando positions at Machadodorp; hand-drawn and labelled.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Confidential Diary - South African Constabulary - 1902-1906

Large, hard-bound diary; typewritten entries

The diaries described as Confidential Diary, contain the following instructions, typed affixed to some of the diaries:

"The Inspector General wishes Officers Commanding Divisions will be so good as to keep personal diaries in duplicate carbon books, and to post the copy to him, confidentially, every day. He himself has been doing this with the High Commissioner and it is found to save a great deal of trouble and correspondence. He recommends Officers Commanding Divisions to adopt a similar course with their sub-divisional or district Officers. The Diary should show chiefly important questions that crop up and in what manner they are settled, suggestions, general points of progress, movements, special orders issued, notes on health, horses, crime, casualties, points from subordinates' diaries, etc., etc. The diary is easily kept by keeping a notebook going during the day and writing it up in the Diary at night. In this way the High Commissioner is kept duly informed of everything that is going on throughout the Corps, a great deal of Official cross-correspondence is saved, and at the same time, if filed, a useful record is kept that can be referred back to at any time. Signed: By Order, J.S. Nicholson, Colonel, Chief Staff Officer, South African Constabulary

"The Inspector General wishes Officers Commanding Divisions will be so good as to keep personal diaries in duplicate carbon books, and to post the copy to him, confidentially, every day. He himself has been doing this with the High Commissioner and it is found to save a great deal of trouble and correspondence. He recommends Officers Commanding Divisions to adopt a similar course with their sub-divisional or district Officers. The Diary should show chiefly important questions that crop up and in what manner they are settled, suggestions, general points of progress, movements, special orders issued, notes on health, horses, crime, casualties, points from subordinates' diaries, etc., etc. The diary is easily kept by keeping a notebook going during the day and writing it up in the Diary at night. In this way the High Commissioner is kept duly informed of everything that is going on throughout the Corps, a great deal of Official cross-correspondence is saved, and at the same time, if filed, a useful record is kept that can be referred back to at any time. Signed: By Order, J.S. Nicholson, Colonel, Chief Staff Officer, South African Constabulary

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Divisional Commander's Personal Diary - South African Constabulary - Jan. - Mar. 1904

See note for Diary 2008.1.2.2.2.2.1

An additional note is affixed to the front of this diary:

"This book is Government property, and where it is filled, or the operations for which it is issued are concluded, it will be deposited in the Staff Office of the Command from which the Troops have been furnished; or, in the case of an expedition sent from England, it will be forwarded to the War Office"

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

General Correspondence - 1899

General Correspondence – Telegrams and letters, as above; queries about Steele’s possible service in South Africa. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

General Correspondence - 1899

General Correspondence – Telegrams and many letters congratulating Steele for his military appointment to South Africa; includes letter from his brother Jim; a note from his former instructor at the Military School in Toronto, Sergeant Major Teddy Rundle; and a letter (with accompanying letter of testimony) from Henry Boyle-Runnals, a doctor who practiced in the Klondike. Boyle-Runnals provides a letter of testimony to swear to Steele's character and that he never saw him under the influence of alcohol. Included also is a letter from H.B. Jayne in which he discusses the upcoming Manitoba election, Clifford Sifton, and other politicians including James Allan Smart. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Boyle-Runnalls, Harry, 1857-1913

General Correspondence - 1908

General Correspondence – Includes a letter from the South African Club, notifying Steele he is their honorary president; a letter from John A. McDougall, Mayor of Edmonton; a letter from R. Belcher; and others. Handwritten; typewritten.

McDougall, John Alexander, 1854-1928

General Correspondence - 1911

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including letters from Louis J. [Lipsett], [? Main]; Fred White; George Cowan, etc. and a Havergal report card for Flora Steele. Handwritten.

Cowan , George

General Correspondence - 1912

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including book order details; house sale details; a letter from A.C. Macdonell; and one from a South African friend, [L.P. Hess]. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Macdonell , A. Cameron , Sir

General Correspondence - 1913

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including correspondence related to the “Forty Years” manuscript; and letters from former NWMP (including Z.T.Wood) and South African colleagues; also includes a letter regarding the artist Charles Russell. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

General Correspondence - 1914

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from H.J. Woodside with an attached review he wrote on William Ogilvie’s publication: “Yukon and its Goldfields...” and a letter from a South African acquaintance, Andrew Johnston. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Invoice/supplies list

A handwritten note with supplies listed; no name on memo and some pencilled notes (numbers) on verso

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Letter - Dundonald

A handwritten letter from Lord Dundonald to SBS, discussing the conduct of some of the men of S.B. Steele's regiment, and stressing the importance of orders being carried out. 2 pp.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Letter - S.B.Steele

A handwritten letter from SBS to the G.O.C. 3rd Mounted Brigade, reporting on, and requesting a decision with regard to an incident involving two of his Lieutenants (Kirkpatrick and Tobin). 2 pp.

The letter is not Steele's handwriting, although the signature is his.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Letter from Flora Steele to SBS, 30 Mar 1902

Handwritten letter from Flora Steele in Montreal to her father in South Africa. Flora writes about missing her father, talks about holy week holidays at school, and mentions letters she has received and written. 2pp.

Steele, Flora

Lord Strathcona's Horse Corps' Diary - Boer War - 1900-1901

Diary of Lord Strathcona's Corps' Boer War - Colonel S.B. Steele C.B. M.V.O. Commanding (stamped in gold lettering on diary cover) Canada, South Africa, England Double hard-cover binding; type-written entries.

First page entry: "Militia Order No 26 issued for the formation of mounted corps for special service in South Africa, the Regiment to be called Strathcona's Horse in honour of the Right Hon: Lord Strathcona and Mount Royal at whose expense this force is to be raised and equipped.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to Colonel Steele in his capacity as Commander of the Lord Strathcona's Horse; includes intelligence messages between the High Commssioner and Admiral; and correspondence with Bank of Montreal representatives who handle financial matters for Lord Strathcona's Horse.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming

Letters related to horses for mounted infantry in South Africa; a letter from [J.L.] Biggar relating his plans for after the war; a listing of stores for Strathcona's Horse; and a letter from an infantryman transferring to the R.C.A.

Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919

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