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General Correspondence - 1899

General Correspondence – Telegram and copies of a letter presented to Eric Harvie, Glenbow Foundation in January 1968; letter dated 1899 requesting club membership. Handwritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1903

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter suggesting that Steele is entitled to scrip for his service in the “North West Rebellion 1885.” Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1906

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes one outgoing letter from Steele and a letter from A.C. Macdonell, writing from Battleford on Royal North-West Mounted Police stationary . Also includes letters and a draft Legion of Frontiersmen programme sent to SBS from the L of F secretary regarding financing for the Legion. Handwritten; Typewritten

Macdonell, Albert Edward Cortland

General Correspondence - 1906

General Correspondence – Personal letters re: various matters; includes a letter and attached clippings from the widow of Major Percy E. Henderson, a military officer and writer, and a letter from a former NWMP colleague. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1907

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from George E. Laidlaw; C.A. Harwood; R. Belcher; John B. Bright; etc.; also a letter written from Steele to C.A. Harwood commenting on a recently published NWMP history, discussing some perceived errors in the book. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Belcher, 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 - 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 - 1913

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including correspondence regarding Steele’s Memoirs; letter from a former NWMP colleague asking for assistance; and a letter from the Chief Surveyor, Province of Saskatchewan. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Niblett, Mollie Glen

General Correspondence - 1915

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; including a letter sent from Sam to the publishers of his Memoirs; a letter from Sam to C.A. Harwood; a letter from M.I. Macleod, widow of N.W.M.P. Commissioner James F. Macleod, thanking Sam for sending a copy of his book and commenting on the mention of her husband in said book, and letters received from family and friends. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

General Correspondence - 1917

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes letters from family and friends: W.D. Bruce, Fred B. Denison, Edward Evans, A.M. Jarvis, Ellen Gill, and others; a letter sent to Captain Bennett Goldney with a message for Steele from Queen Alexandra; *also letters sent from SBS to his cousin James B. Clarke, and to his brother-in-law, C.A. Harwood, re: Steele’s treatment by the ‘Canadian Authorities’, ( letters marked by H.S. ‘for use only if necessary’); several copies of the May 4th letter to A.C. Harwood; a copy of a letter SBS wrote to Colonel Fortescue, Comptroller R NWMP with suggestions about the Police Force and the Canadian Military. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Clarke, J.B.

General Correspondence - 1918

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; letters from family and friends including C.A. Harwood; information from the British Empire Land Settlement League of which Steele is named a Vice-President; * a letter from SBS to Minnie [Carstairs] describing his post-retirement plans, etc. (marked by H.S. ‘for use only if necessary’). Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

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 - 1892

General Correspondence – Includes letter from Robert Harwood; and promotion supporting letter from Minister of Public Works, Canada. Handwritten.

Harwood, Robert William

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 – From acquaintances and friends; includes one letter written in French with an attached translation to English. Handwritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1898

General Correspondence – From friends and family etc., many congratulating SBS on his Yukon promotion. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1899

General Correspondence – From family friends including cousin Esther Miller, a letter from Marie Steele’s sister, Mrs. Alice Harwood Farish with a note from Marie added to the end of the letter; a telegram, and private letter from the Commissioner’s Office in Dawson. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Farrish, Alice

General Correspondence - 1899

General Correspondence – Includes letters from A.R. Macdonell; a reference check; and from C.A. Harwood discussing problems with the postal system. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

General Correspondence - 1899

General Correspondence – Includes letter from [A.M.] Jarvis with attached letter from Marie Steele; memo; a personal letter from A.B. Perry; and a note to “John” from Steele. Handwritten.

Jarvis, A.M.

General Correspondence - 1899

General Correspondence – Personal letters from W. De Carle Hudson, and a letter commenting on a court-ordered death sentence. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1899

General Correspondence – Includes a letter of introduction for Sam Steele for the U.S. Senate; various personal letters from friends and family commenting on Steele’s approaching departure; included is a Yukon River Transportation Company pass. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1899

General Correspondence – Various personal letters from family and friends, many related to Steele’s departure from the Yukon and interest in his future plans; includes letters from H.B. Jayne providing support and a letter of testimony regarding SBS's character while serving with the NWMP in the Yukon.. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Jayne, H.B.

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

Correspondence - Individuals: Father Albert Lacombe, 1889, 1890, 1902-1909

Letters sent to SBS from Father Lacombe, declaring his support of Steele's potential promotion, and general descriptions of his work; includes a hand-written declaration from Father Lacombe on the 6th of January 1890, declaring that Steele is unmarried, and of good character. Handwritten and typewritten documents

Lacombe, Albert, Father

Correspondence - Individuals: Roger Pocock, 1905-1915

Correspondence – Individuals: Roger Pocock Correspondence with Roger Pocock, largely incoming, although includes SBS’s article he wrote, entitled: “Conduct of Irregular Horse” for Pocock’s book: The Frontiersman’s Pocketbook; many of the letters are written on Legion of Frontiersman letterhead, and includes early letters regarding the start-up of the Legion of Frontiersmen, and a printed brochure about this organization. The 1910 letter discusses Steele’s book, and goes into detail about Roger’s view of politics, the boy scouts, theatre, his lecture tour, etc. The 1914-1915 letters discuss the war, Steele and Pocock’s roles in the war, and Pocock’s comments about Harwood’s writing and the publication of his first book of poetry. Handwritten; Typewritten

Pocock, Roger

Business Interests: Speeches

Speeches given by SBS to various gatherings; topics include: Lord Strathcona's Trust; Red River expedition; military defence; and NWMP and the early West. There are several copies of some speeches

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

NWMP Correspondence - Incoming, Feb. - Mar. 1889

Letters from Father Nicholas Coccola, Kootenay Mission and William O'Brien, Steele's Officer in Charge with the Simcoe Foresters, writing in response to Steele's request for letters of support, re: an appointment to Commissioner.

Coccola, Nicolas, Father, 1854-1943

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