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General Correspondence - 1892

General Correspondence – Includes a letter of apology from L.W. Herchmer, re: remarks about SBS and Mrs. Steele. Handwritten.

Herchmer, Lawrence William, Commissioner, NWMP

General Correspondence - 1898

General Correspondence – From friends and family including H.B. Runnall, H. Oliver, cousin Esther Miller, J. [Acten], etc. Handwritten.

MacGregor, Esther Miller (Marian Keith)

General Correspondence - 1898

General Correspondence – A private letter from Clifford Sifton; miscellaneous letters; and a wedding invitation (Paris, France). Handwritten; Typewritten.

Sifton, Clifford, Sir, 1861-1929

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 - 1902

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from men who served with Steele in South Africa. Handwritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1902

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a family letter with attached photographs. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1903

General Correspondence – A letter from “The Veterans Locating and Colonization Association” (Canada). Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1904

General Correspondence – Colonel Steele’s largely outgoing general typewritten correspondence, written on a variety of matters, including his application for the Command of the new military district to be formed in the North West Territories, with headquarters in Calgary; includes incoming personal letters and a handwritten listing of the “Personal Correspondence of Col. S.B. Steele” (1904). Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1905

General Correspondence – Colonel Steele’s outgoing general typewritten correspondence, written on a variety of matters, and incoming personal letters; includes a letter from J. Lyons Biggar. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Biggar, J.L. , Major

General Correspondence - 1905

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from F.W. Borden discussing Steele’s possible future militia service in Canada. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Borden, F.W. (Frederick William), Sir, 1847-1917

General Correspondence - 1906

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes several letters from A.M. Jarvis; and letters from widows of former Steele colleagues Alex Macdonell and D.W. Davis; information about a book on ‘corpulence’ ; also includes Steele’s corrected copy of his record of service sent to the Editor, Who’s Who [interesting to note that Steele did not correct his birth date which is listed as 5th Jan 1855, making him seven years younger than he actually was]. Handwritten; Typewritten

Jarvis, A.M.

General Correspondence - 1906

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes several letters from family members, acquaintances, and a book order list. Also includes a letter from George Heaney regarding the Legion of Frontiersmen in South Africa. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1906

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including many discussing Steele’s upcoming departure from South Africa. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1906

General Correspondence – Personal letters, many from family re: various matters; includes correspondence around Sam Steele’s disappointment with an article written about him and published in the periodical: “Canada.” Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1907

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including business and financial matters and related correspondence from C.A. Harwood. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

General Correspondence - 1907

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes several letters from former South African colleagues, as well as from various family members including a distant relative who outlines Steele family connections in his letter; letters requesting references and help securing employment; a letter from a female “Edmonton Bulletin” reporter requesting information from Sam Steele; a letter from Tom Wilson, a former NWMP officer and then Rocky Mountain guide; three color postcards from Capetown, South Africa, etc. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Belcher, Robert

General Correspondence - 1908

General Correspondence – Personal letters from family members and acquaintances, re: various matters; includes a letter and proposed book outline from E.G. (Teddy) Rundle, who was Steele’s instructor at the Military School in Toronto (ca. 1868, and letters asking for advice or testimonials from Steele. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Rundle, E.G. (Teddy)

General Correspondence - 1908

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from Sam’s mother-in-law; two letters from Z.I. Wood, Assistant Commissioner of the NWMP; and letters from former colleagues, including E. Dudley. Handwritten; Typewritten.

McDougall, John Alexander, 1854-1928

General Correspondence - 1908

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes several letters from C.A. Harwood concerning business and financial matters,; includes a letter from Mrs. Strickland thanking SBS for his letter of sympathy on the death of her husband,etc. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

General Correspondence - 1909

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from former South African colleagues: [D. Roil]and Helen [Ilys]; and a letter from A.C. Macdonell on Militia and Defence Canada stationary. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Macdonell , A. Cameron , Sir

General Correspondence - 1909

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes several letters from former colleagues and from family members; and two letters from R. Baden-Powell regarding establishing a Boy Scouts’ committee in Winnipeg. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Baden-Powell, Robert

General Correspondence - 1909

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from colleagues and friends such as: [H.?] Irving; A.L. Haydon; R.J. Gwynne; E.B. Edwards; Hugh Davidson; E.G. (Teddy)Rundle; and others. Handwritten.

Gwynne, R.J.

General Correspondence - 1909

General Correspondence – A letter from R. Baden-Powell; from Arthur [Lawley]; and a Havergal College report for Flora Steele, sent to Sam. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Baden-Powell, Robert

General Correspondence - 1910

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from A.W. Strange. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1910

General Correspondence – A letter from Constance Taylor acknowledging the sympathy letter received from Steele on the death of her husband. Handwritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1910

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including from: A. Manseau; [? W]Benson; A.W. Strange; [A.E. Christie]; G.A. French; and F.W. Jarvis. Handwritten; Typewritten.

French, George Arthur

General Correspondence - 1910

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from J.H. McIllree and from the son of Lord Gordon-Gordon seeking information about his father’s death in Fort Garry years earlier. Handwritten.

McIlree, John Henry

General Correspondence - 1911

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from Robert Baden-Powell written on Boy Scouts Headquarters letter head. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Baden-Powell, Robert

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, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes letters from Steele’s brother Jim; from R.J. Gwynne; [? Johnston], re: his extinguisher invention; and other letters from former militia colleagues; includes a letter of reference for R.L.T. Galbraith written by SBS. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Gwynne, R.J.

General Correspondence - 1912

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; Christmas greetings; an invitation; a letter G. Wainwright, Mrs. J.B. Mitchell, etc. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1913

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from a South African colleague, now with the Department of Militia and Defence, E.A.C. Hosmer. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1913

General Correspondence – Telegram from H.S. Holt, a memorandum from Walton & Co.; and letter from [Lord Dundonald]. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1913

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: includes a letter from Hugh Macdonald; correspondence related to the “Forty Years” manuscript; and a letter from Bishop-elect Arthur Beliveau, etc. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Macdonald, Hugh John, Sir

General Correspondence - 1913

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from M.G. Niblett; T. Bland Strange; and others; and a picture postcard sent from England. Handwritten.

Niblett, Mollie Glen

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 - 1913

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including correspondence related to the “Forty Years” manuscript; a letter from G. Black and other former colleagues; includes a letter from a relative reporting on the state of the Steele family graves. Handwritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1913

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; including Christmas greetings from friends; a letter from Steele to “Jack” [Kerr], etc. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1914

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; many concern the sending of troop overseas for the War, and the possibility of Steele being named Commander; includes letters from H.J. Woodside who wrote to authorities to tell them that Steele was two years younger than his official age, hoping this might help in having Sam appointed; includes letters from family and friends. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1914

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: primarily related to the securing of personnel for military units and the question of Steele commanding a 2nd Canadian battalion; * includes a letter (dated 18 Nov 1914) from R.B.B. Bennett that H.S. marked ‘for use only if necessary.’ Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1915

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; including further correspondence related to the “Forty Years” publication; letters of congratulations to Steele for his book, as well as being named Commander of the 2nd Canadian Division, etc. Handwritten; Typewritten.

McMillan, Daniel Hunter

General Correspondence - 1915

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from family and friends: Reverend Canon Ronald Hilton, T. Bland Strange, Bethune Lindsay, and others; as well as a tenancy agreement and proof of Steele’s entry for a “Who’s Who” volume. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1915

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including a letter from Steele’s brother Godfrey, and other friends and acquaintances, including Bethune Lindsay. Handwritten.

Steele, Godfrey MacNeil

General Correspondence - 1915

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from John McDougall reminiscing about the Cypress Hills situation; from J.A. Rattray; from A.C. Macdonell writing from ‘the field’, and from other colleagues and friends. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Macdonell , A. Cameron , Sir

General Correspondence - 1916

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from brother Jim; John McDougall, Mrs. D.W. Davis and others, many thanking Steele for the received copy of his book. Handwritten; Typewritten.

McDougall, John Alexander, 1854-1928

General Correspondence - 1917

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter with attached photograph from Lieutenant Eric Smith; and letters from many other friends and colleagues. Handwritten; Typewritten.

McMillan, Daniel Hunter

General Correspondence - 1918

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes many letters from family and friends offering Steele congratulations on his recent knighthood; includes a letter from Prime Minister R.L. Borden; also letters revolving around SBS’s campaign to oppose his forced retirement, and request to remain active in the Canadian Military War campaign. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Borden, Robert Laird, Sir

General Correspondence - 1918

General Correspondence – Personal letters, outgoing, re: A *letter from Steele to C.A. Harwood in which he discusses his views on the Canadian Overseas Military force (marked by H.S. ‘for use only if necessary’); several copies of letter attached. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to Colonel Steele in his capacity as Commander of the Lord Strathcona's Horse; continued general correspondence and memoranda around final payments, and tying up loose ends; includes a list of the non-commissioned officers and constables of the NWMP who served with the Corp under Steele's command and a letter from Minister F.W. Borden acknowledging Steele's request that men from LSH be allowed to join the South African Constabulary.

Borden, F.W. (Frederick William), Sir, 1847-1917

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to Colonel Steele in his capacity as Commander of the Lord Strathcona's Horse; includes continued general correspondence and memoranda around final payments, medals distribution, discharge papers, and tying up of loose ends.

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence related to LSH corps and military matters post Boer War; includes plans for establishing a permanent Strathcona Corps in Canada and related correspondence with Lord Strathcona and J. Lyons Biggar; also a letter detailing a planned painting to honor South African War participants.

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse: Nominal Listing and Information

Copy of correspondence sent to Steele, re: history of LSH and Steele's reply. Includes a list of names and addresses of original officers of Lord Strathcona's Horse in South Africa, 1900-1901. Original letter is retained in Series 2008.1.1.1.2 - Personal/General correspondence.

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

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence from Militia Head-Quarters, Canada; the Minister’s Office of Militia and Defence Canada; and Baden-Powell, re: Steele’s post-SAC service activity with the Imperial Government’s Inspector of Cavalry; also further letters responding to recommendations for SAC officers to be appointed to Canadian Military corps.

Baden-Powell, Robert

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military Districts #13 and [acting] commander of #10, based at the Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg; includes letters from the Department of Militia and Defence and H.D.B. Ketchen. Handwritten, typewritten

Ketchen, H.D.B.

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military Districts #13 and [acting] commander of #10, based at the Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg; letters from Senator [Leverett George DeVeber]; F.W. Borden; R.J. Gwynne; and E.F. Mackie; includes discussion about how the military district command will be assigned. Handwritten, typewritten

Borden, F.W. (Frederick William), Sir, 1847-1917

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military Districts #13 and [acting] commander of #10, based at the Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg; includes letters from Percy Lake, R. Belcher, and others; re: various matters. Handwritten, typewritten

Belcher, Robert

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military Districts #13 and [acting] commander of #10, based at the Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg; includes letters from the Port Arthur Canadian Club and a former South African colleague. Handwritten, typewritten

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

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military District #10, based at the Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg; includes a hand-written letter from [Grey], re: an honorary appointment.

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

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military District #10, based at the Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg; a letter from Percy Lake, re: thanking SBS and congratulating him on the recent camp.

Lake, Percy Henry Noel, General

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military District #10, based at the Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg; includes a letter to and from Percy Lake, re: Steele’s brevet rank inquiry, and a letter from Edwin McCormick, formerly of Lord Strathcona’s Horse.

Lake, Percy Henry Noel, General

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military District #10, based at the Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg; includes letters from J. Lyons Biggar, Department of Militia and Defence, and H. Acheson.

Biggar, J.L. , Major

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military District #10, based at the Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg; information on Tactical Field Day at Sewell Camp.

Gwynne, R.J.

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military District #10, based at the Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg; includes correspondence with individuals at the Department of Militia and Defence; from Canadian Highlanders Regiment, and two letters written to Lord Strathcona from SBS regarding his demotion in rank after returning to Canada from South Africa. One letter is written to certify that SBS served in the Red River Expeditionary Force in 1870-1871 (written by D.A. Macdonald who served as Captain and Adjutant of the Regiment).

Smith, Donald Alexander, Lord Strathcona, 1820-1914

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence and document s around the inquiry into the ‘compulsory retirement’ of Lt. Col. L.W. Herchmer from the NWMP. Handwritten; typewritten

Herchmer, Lawrence William, Commissioner, NWMP

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military District #10, based at the Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg; includes requests for drill halls in Military District No. 10; an invitation to a military conference, opening of Parliament instructions, a letter from Walter Kitchener, etc. Handwritten; typewritten

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

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