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Air League Bulletin, Vol. 2 No. 42 (October 1922)

Issue of the Air League Bulletin, a publication of the Air League of the British Empire. This issue contains an article about the world flight with details about those involved, the objectives, the itinerary, and foreseen weather issues.

Continuous Discharge Certificate (1919)

A continuous certificate of discharge of Pocock for the British fishing trade. It was issued on 14 July 1919 and Pocock's last discharge was on 15 September 1919.

Envelope of negatives (1931)

An envelope containing 5 photographic negatives of images used in Pocock's book Chorus to Adventuresr. Writing on the front of envelope reads "1 Frontispiece - the Commissioner ; 1 copy - 3 prints about same size ; 2 Opposite page 27 - Letter Lord Kitchener ; 1 copy - 3 prints same size as in book". Writing on reverse reads "3 Opposite page 232 - Skull of sea serpent ; 1 copy - 3 prints same size ; 4 Opposite page 264 - ; SV- Frontiersman ; Captain Malins + Captain Macmillan ; copy of each also 3 prints ; of each same size as in book".

Legion of Frontiersmen Handbook: East Cheshire Squadron [ca. 1905]

A handbook of the The Legion of Frontiersmen for the East Cheshire Squadron. This copy has a dedication bookplate printed on the front endpapers stating "This special copy was printed at the request of The East Cheshire Squadron for Roger Pocock whose ideals were the foundations of The Legion of Frontiersmen." No publication date is stated. It is accompanied by an envelope address to Capt. Charles Dudley in Berkshire, postdated 12 October [1905?].

Letter from A.S. Watt (17 June 1903)

Letter from A.S. Watt of A.P. Watt Literary Agency on behalf of Rudyard Kipling to Pocock dated 17 June 1903. Watt writes that Kipling will look at Pocock's book when he has time but that would likely not be soon.

Letter from G.E. Webster (23 April 1903)

Letter from G.E. Webster of Methuen & Co. to Pocock dated 23 April 1903. Webster promises to make suggestions for American publishers and puts forward "A Frontiersman" as the best title for the book.

Letter from G.E. Webster (5 February 1903)

Letter from G.E. Webster of Methuen & Co. to Pocock dated 5 February 1903. Webster suggests edits and additions to Trails of the Lost Legion (manuscript title for The Frontiersman).

Letter from G.E. Webster (8 April 1903)

Letter from G.E. Webster of Methuen & Co. to Pocock dated 8 April 1903. Letter acknowledges the changes to the draft that Pocock made, asks that he consider changing the title of the book, and discusses Pocock's royalties.

Letter from Harwood Steele (20 July 1928)

Letter from Harwood Steele to Pocock dated 20 July 1928 regarding Harwood trying to sell the motion picture rights possibly for his book Spirit of Iron. Harwood also writes about his health and goals.

Steele, Harwood

Letter from Hilda Pocock to Flora Steele (2 November 1944)

Letter written by Hilda Pocock (sister of Pocock) to Flora Steele dated 2 November 1944. The letter is about Pocock's memorial. Included are four leaflets about his memorial and the Holy Trinity Church in Cookham, where the Pocock family vault is, and a list of the birth years of Pocock and his siblings.

Letter from J. Keble Bell to Harold Shepstone (30 July 1903)

Letter from J. Keble Bell of The Sketch to Harold Shepstone dated 30 July 1903. Bell requests that Pocock send him a copy of A Frontiersman and that Shepstone send him a review of the book. Shepstone forwards the letter to Pocock and writes on the reverse requesting that Pocock send Bell a copy of the book.

Letter from McClure, Phillips & Co. (8 July 1903)

Letter from Mary L. Bisland of McClure, Phillips & Co. dated 8 July 1903 regarding the contract from the American publishers regarding copyright to Pocock's book under the American title Following the Frontier.

Letter from Methuen & Co. (5 September 1902)

Letter from Methuen and Co. to Pocock dated 5 Septemebr 1902. Methuen writes that they are willing to publish Trails of the Lost Legion (manuscript title for The Frontiersman) under the condition that Pocock reformat it as an autobiography.

Letter to Daisy (25 May 1887)

Letter from Pocock to Daisy (his sister) dated 25 May 1887. He writes about arrangements for their mother's funeral.

Pocock, Roger

Letter to G.E. Webster (9 April 1903)

Letter from Pocock to [G.E.] Webster of Methuen & Co. dated 9 April 1903. Pocock writes that he is deliberating a new title for the book and addresses the royalty fees he expects.

Pocock, Roger

Letter to G.E. Webster (June 1903)

Letter from Pocock to G.E. Webster of Methuen & Co. undated, possibly from 5 to 10 of June 1903. Pocock writes about the edits he has made and justifies the passages he wants to keep.

Pocock, Roger

Letter to Harwood Steele (1 July 1930)

Letter from Pocock to Harwood Steele dated 1 July 1930 regarding the rejection to publish several of Harwood's writings. Pocock also writes about a veteran's dinner he attended.

Pocock, Roger

Letter to Harwood Steele (28 May 1930)

Letter from Pocock to Harwood Steele dated 28 May 1930 regarding the rejection to reprint or publish several writings of Harwood's and Pocock's attempt to meet with other editors.

Pocock, Roger

Letter to Rudyard Kipling (15 June 1903)

Letter from Pocock to Rudyard Kipling dated 15 June 1903. Pocock asks Kipling to confirm the accuracy of a reference to himself, then explains what the book is about, and asks for a written testimony from Kipling regarding Pocock's merits.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: envelopes; one with writing

Envelope probably originally tacked in 1885 scrapbook with Roger's November and December letters. On the envelope is written: "Letters of November & December 1884 My first two months in the Force". Included also are two bland and torn envelopes.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: John George Donkin quote and letter fragment

On one side is a handwritten extract from a book written by John George Donkin: "Trooper and Redskin in the North-West, Recollections of life in the North-West Police, Canada 1884-1888" likely describing Roger Pocock's experience with his frostbitten feet. On verso is one page of a crossed through letter, probably sent to Roger Pocock, but re-used for writing the quotation described above.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to father (1 August 1885)

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock at Prince Albert to his father in Ontario. In the letter, Roger talks about the study of the bible as a scientific exercise, discusses the Egyptian pyramids, and talks about his lack of desire to settle down. The last part of the letter appears to be missing.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to father (1 July 1885)

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock in Prince Albert to his father in Ontario. Roger continues to be in sick bay in the "detachment station 1 1/2 miles from Fort Prince Albert" as he recovers from his toe amputation surgery. His letter is long and filled with his observations, comments, and responses to questions his parents have asked him in earlier letters.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to father (1 March 1885)

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock in Regina to his father in Ontario. Roger talks about how he is out of the Quartermaster's Store, and describes his current duties of stable work and prison guarding, etc. He discusses rumors about Riel and a potential rebellion, promising to write more as he learns further details.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to [father] ([17 or 19] March 1885)

A handwritten letter on a paper scrap from Roger Pocock at Fort Qu'appelle to his [father] in Ontario. Letter is dated "March 17 or so" but also describes the day as "Thursday" meaning that is was likely 19 March 1885. Roger describes the journey with a large party of NWMP men and horses from Regina to Fort Qu'appelle. In this letter, he mentions his wet and cold feet.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to father (2 November 1884)

A handwritten letter from R.P. to his father. Roger is enroute from Ontario to the west, travelling through the United States and then on through Manitoba, stopping at Winnipeg. He describes the scenery he encounters on his trip, and is writing on the eve of reporting for duty to the NWMP fort at Winnipeg.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to father (21 November 1884)

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock in Regina to his father in Ontario. Roger comments on his father's last letter, and goes on to describe his activities at the NWMP fort and comments about the community of Regina. Included is a sketch of the barracks and buildings at the NWMP fort at Regina.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to father (March 1885)

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock in Regina to his father in Ontario. Roger is about to depart from the NWMP fort at Regina, en route for Qu'appelle with a party of other NWMP constables. Two small sketches of a marching patrolman (Pocock) and the Fort is included in the written letter.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to mother (1-11 May 1885)

A composite handwritten letter from Roger Pocock at Prince Albert to his mother in Ontario. Pocock is confined to a sick bed, while he recovers from having five toes of his right foot amputated due to frostbite. His letter is full of details about fellow NWMP force members, and he talks about his hoped-for reorganization of the Force; his observations of their skirmishes, marches, and dress, and asks for reading material to be sent to him while he recovers. Roger describes the march, his bout of frostbitten feet, toe amputations, skirmish at Duck Lake, and his days healing from the surgery.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to mother (12 July 1885)

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock in Prince Albert to his mother in Ontario. He describes the art work he has hanging near his bed, sketches he has completed, books he has read, prairie flowers, etc. and outlines the mail schedule for both sending and receiving letters.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to mother (14 October 1885)

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocok in [Prince Albert] to his mother in Ontario. Roger writes about new NWMP recruits, and changes of command within the NWMP. The letter is written in two parts, and the second part of the letter is dated 15 September, but may have actually been written 15 October. Roger talks about his inability, for a variety of reasons, to come home to Ontario to be nursed for the winter. He also describes some of the crime in the community and problems with some of the members of the Force.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to mother (16 December 1884)

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock in Regina to his mother in Ontario. He asks for photographs to be sent from home, with a promise to send some of himself to his family too. He talks about the upcoming Christmas Day plans, his general contentment with his life at the NWMP post, and describes in some detail the task of being on guard duty; a small sketch of the guard room, prison and court is included with the letter.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to mother (16 September 1885)

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock in Prince Albert to his mother in Ontario. He mentions the photographs he recently had taken, the jacket he is tailoring, and describes his daily routine and the people he meets and spends time with. Among other incidents, Pocock describes the situation of some of his colleagues, including two who deserted, and he states that he won't be vaccinated against small pox as there are no cases of the disease for 500 miles of Prince Albert.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to mother (20 October 1885)

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock in Prince Albert to his mother in Ontario. Roger describes the winter quarters the NWMP are moving to, including a different building used as their hospital. Roger also discusses clothing he has purchased, his pay, the NWMP Post lay-out, and native customs and clothing. The last part of the letter is missing.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to mother (20, 25 July 1885)

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock at Prince Albert to his mother in Ontario. The letter is descriptive of native dress and NWMP horse dress, complete with small illustrations to accompany the written description. Roger is uncertain about whether he will be able to remain with the NWMP, and discusses possible future options, including returning home for a visit. He continues the letter over a period of days, and describes for his mother problems with drunkenness in the Force, and related discipline problems. He also discusses the suicide of a Sioux prisoner in their Fort.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to mother (21 February 1885)

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock in Regina to his mother in Ontario. He discusses the loss of his manuscript which the NWMP did not approve of, and goes on to describe in detail his fellow 'chums' at the Regina NWMP post, including a Charlie Sinclair who served in 1874 with the Wolseley expedition.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to mother (25 December 1884)

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock in Regina to his mother in Ontario. Roger describes his Christmas day, and goes on to discuss in detail his activities, books he is reading, names of the officers at the Post, and comments on the family pictures he was sent, etc.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to mother (3 February 1885)

Handwritten letter from Roger Pocock with a NWMP detachment [in the Prairies] to his mother in Ontario. His letter is very descriptive about what he is doing, his fellow officers, the barracks, and his thoughts about the current political situation in Europe and Great Britain, etc. He also discusses the Force's relationship with nearby townspeople (not good) and with Indigenous people. Pocock talks about Indian unrest and the potential for war; he refers to the "scalp market".

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to mother ([March 1885])

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to his mother in Ontario. This letter provides a detailed account of Roger's journey with NWMP troops travelling from Regina to Fort Qu'appelle and on to Prince Albert. While on this journey, Roger froze the toes of his right foot and is under medical supervision as he writes, describing the great pain he is experiencing. He includes a small map showing the route from Regina to Prince Albert.

Pocock, Roger

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