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1852 (Jan) from John Chapman to Rev. John Smithurst

Place: Salisbury Street, Ireland

From: John Chapman, Missionary at Middle Church

To: Reverend John Smithurst, 18 Salisbury Street, Ireland

Details: 2pp

Notes: Chapman thanks Smithurst for newspapers and of his letter detailing his route to New York. He also discusses the status of the congregation and the building of a new church.

Chapman, John

1851 (Mar) from Abraham Cowley to Rev. John Smithurst

Place: Red River Settlement

From: Reverend Abraham Cowley, Partridge Crop

To: Reverend John Smithurst

Details: 3pp

Notes: Partridge Crop was a missionary outpost on the northern reaches of Lake Manitoba, and was later renamed Fairford in 1851 by Bishop Anderson.

The outpost was on the left bank of the Partridge Crop River and was established by McNap for Winter trading with the Indigenous people. The lengthy letter from Cowley mentions topics such as the recent arrival of the bishop, his meeting of confirmation candidates and inspecting the school.

This letter would have travelled by canoe down Lake Winnipeg to the Red River.

Cowley, Abraham

1849 (Sep) from James Hunter to Rev. John Smithurst

Place: Red River Settlement

From: James Hunter, Norway House

To: Reverend John Smithurst

Details: 3pp

Notes: Hunter goes into detail about the visit of the Bishop of Prince Rupert’s Land. 
He also writes of matters of business regarding food supplies for the winter, the price of freight from Red River to Norway House and the construction of the Church.

1849 (May) from Alexander Christie to Rev. John Smithurst and Jenny Hickenburger

Place: Red River Settlement

From: Alexander Christie, Lower Fort Garry

To: Mrs. Jeny Hickenburger ; Reverend John Smithurst

Details: 2pp

Notes: A pair of letters both written on the same day concerning the same matter. The first is written to "Mrs. Jenny Hickenburger" and the other to Reverend Smithurst regarding the death of Jenny Hickenburger's father. The letter requests that she attends Christie's office to sign the necessary paperwork for her to inherit her father's money. The letter to Smithurst requests his assistance in ensuring that his cousin does not redeem her HBC stock and instead accepts £9 per year as income.

Christie, Alexander

Standing orders of J.K. Oswald, 1885 Expedition: Steel's Scouts

Pocket-style leather memo book; hand-written entries, inscribed: "Throughout - I organized the Cavlary along with SBS 11 6 94"

Consists of hand-written standing orders for Steele's Scouts; dictated memo from [G.H.] Dale, Brigade Major, and a post-script which reads: "In compliance with your request [Steele's] - I send you all these Memo books. They recall old times but little else, except a heartfelt God bless you & may we be together when the Trumpet calls - Yours ever, J.K. Oswald 11 6 94".

A nominal troop roll is recorded at the back of the book.

Oswald, J.K.

Diary of Lt. Col. Griffiths Wainwright, 1870

Consists of a diary kept by Major Griffiths Wainwright, 1870-1871, during his service with the Red River Expedition of 1870, and two maps. The diary entries are short, and also include entries about number of portages made, supplies and rations required, and various notes and reports. A two page entry at the back of the diary was written in 1910 by Sam Steele, explaining that the diary was given to him, and filling the reader in on what Major Wainwright did once the Expedition was completed. A list of Detachment rules printed at the front of the diary have been briefly annotated by [Sam Steele?]. The maps, hand-drawn and annotated, depict the route from Rat Portage to Fort Alexander, and from Fort William to Fort Francis.

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

Diary of Alexander R. Macdonell, 1906

Daily journal; hand-written entries; farming and ranching descriptions; retirement activities Inscribed in front with name, address, and memoranda Lethbridge region Cash accounts records at back of diary

Macdonell, Alexander R.

McMillan, Daniel Hunter/Mulvey, Stewart Diary - Red River Expedition, 1870

Pocket style diary; hand-written entries

There appears to be different hand-writing in diary; maybe more than one person recording their entries. See, for example, entries for July 3rd, 10th, 12th, 18th, 20th, etc. where the writer references Mulvey, so it would seem that Mulvey is not always the author of the diary.

At the back of the diary, is an excerpt written by Jas [McLean], introducing a report written by G.J. Wolseley, Commander, Red River Expedition (4 written diary pages, a 'good-bye and thanks' address).

A very descriptive narrative diary; mentions Wolseley, Dawson, portaging, recreational activities, hardships, etc.

McMillan, Daniel Hunter

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1892

Burgandy leather-bound; hand-written entries Cash accounts kept at back of diary File with items removed from diary

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

Daily Diary, Personal - 1915

Large bound daily diary; hand-written entries Winnipeg, Shorncliffe One loose item placed behind diary in file

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1891

Black leather-bound; hand-written entries Memos and cash accounts maintained at back of diary Separate file with items removed from diary

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

Daily Diary, Personal - 1910

Large bound daily diary; hand-written entries Separated items retained in file behind diary; include an envelope and memos written by SBS regarding upcoming military inspections Winnipeg, Orilla

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1890

Black leather-bound; hand-written entries Memos and cash accounts maintained at back of diary Separate file of loose items retained

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

Daily Diary, Personal - 1908, 1909

Large bound daily diary; hand-written entries Printed information at front of diary Diary entries at the top of page are dated 1908; entires on the bottom of the page are from 1909.

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

Daily Diary, Personal - 1907

Large bound daily diary; hand-written entries London to Calgary Two loose items placed in folder behind diary; list of payments

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1889, 1891, 1892

Black leather-bound; 1 Jan. 1889 - 12 Jun. 1889; 12 Jun. 1891 - Nov. 1892 (intermittant entries) Memos and accounts maintained at back of diary

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1901

Burgandy leather-bound; hand-written entries Includes identification form at front of diary; addresses and cash accounts at back of diary

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1901

Black leather-bound; hand-written entries Includes identification form at front of diary, addrresses and cash accounts at back of diary

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1900

Burgandy leather-bound; hand-written entries with entries related to the Canadian Mounted Rifles and Lord Strathcona's Horse

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1899

Burgandy leather-bound; hand-written entries; describes leaving the Yukon and travelling back to Ontario Memos, cash accounts and addresses maintained at back of diary See file of separated items from diary

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

Daily Journal, Personal - 1899

Cloth-bound; hand-written entries List of letters mailed and cash accounts register maintained at back of journal Journal stamped "1898", but used in 1899

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1898

Black leather-bound; hand-written entries, Ft. Macleod to the Yukon Notes at back of diary include lists of Miles Canyon pilots

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1896

Burgandy leather-bound; hand-written entries Memos, cash accounts, weather record maintained at back of diary File with loose items maintained

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1894

Black leather-bound; hand-written entries; more of a notebook filled with memoranda, lists, and draft notes One item removed (see separated materials note)

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1894

Burgandy leather-bound; hand-written entries Memos and cash accounts kept at back of diary File with separate items removed

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1893

Black leather-bound; hand-written entries Memos, accounts maintained at back of book File with separate loose items from diary

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

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