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Bruce Peel Special Collections Life, Events, and Players in the North-West
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1902, Mar 22 – Letter to Marion

Place: Winnipeg

From: Alf [T.A. Patrick]

To: Mrs. Marion G. Patrick, Yorkton, Assa.

Delivery: Canada Post, postmarked

Details: 1pp typewritten letter on Hotel Leland, Winnipeg letterhead. Envelope is printed with “Hotel Leland, Winnipeg, proprietor W.D. Douglas.” Address is typed.

Notes: T.A. Patrick writes to his wife, Marion, that he has been busy "loafing" around Winnipeg since his arrival there. He mentions that he had lunch with Sanford Evans, editor of the Telegram, who had wrote "one of the articles on Territorial Autonomy in the last number of the Canadian Magazine." He states that he had to refuse to say anything for publication but that the discussion resulted in Evans agreeing to send a Telegram correspondent to Regina to write up the debates.

Patrick states that "the Nord-Westen (German) is a convert to my views and kindly consented to give reports of my work at Regina at full length without asking anything for doing it. This is unusual in a German newspaper." He then reports that he attended a the Winnipeg medical society "to hear and see a lecture on Neilsen's stomach and liver."

Patrick also had diner with H. A. Robson, late deputy attorney general of the North West Territories, and they chatted about Regina and the North West Government, which Robson thought "worthy of condemnation." Patrick reports that Robson assured him "that the opinions expressed to the Devils Lake school district in respect of the assessment of Doukhobortsi were wrong and that the opinion I expressed to them was right."

He finish his letter stating, "I expect a fighting session and will probably have given and received hard blows before I see you again."

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

1903, Aug 21 – Letter to Marion

Place: Pembroke, Ont[ario]

From: T.A. Patrick

To: Marion [G. Patrick]

Details: 3pp on lined Copeland House, Pembroke Ont. letterhead

Notes: T.A. Patrick writes to his wife while in Ontario. He tells his wife that he arrived in Pembroke and drove to Rankin on the hunt for old Mr. Gulke. Patrick had his "mind made up to offer him $1000.00" but he learned "that Dan Hoffmann of Ebenezer had offered him one hundred dollars, and it was not long until" they "closed a deal for $200.00 for the half section."

Patrick further writes that in buying the land, he "was in doubt as to the liability of the late son's estate to the company which sold him and Galling and Martin Kielow the threshing outfit." He tells his wife that she would remember "Mrs. Kielow's telling [her] that they (Kielows) only finished paying this year." Patrick states, "in any case there is a big thing in it even if I make nothing out of the deceased son's quarter section. I do not know whether the other two daughters are entitled to share in their dead brother's estate and believe they are not." He continues, "the interesting position that I know I have made on the deal something between $1000.00 and $2500.00 bu am not certain how much."

He informs his wife that he will reach Toronto and Hamilton by the next night and states that he is "doing so well that [he] shall push inquiries into the 800 acre estate at Hamilton before returning even if it takes two or three days."

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

1903, Nov 17 – Letter to Marion

Place: Regina [N.W.T.]

From: Alf [T.A. Patrick]

To: Mrs. Marion G. Patrick, Byron, Middlesex Co., Ont[ario]

Delivery: Canada Post, postmarked

Details: 2 pp on lined North West Territories letterhead and envelope. Third sheet of paper has Asian characters written on it.

Notes: Alf [T.A. Patrick] writes a letter to his wife while she is away in Ontario. He writes that "it is nearly four o clock pm, an hour later than Yorkton time and daylight is rather scarce. We are having but not enjoying a real cold snap with more wind than enough. My bronchitis is worse owing to sitting yesterday too long in this cold legislative chamber." He later writes that "the provincial autonomy resolution comes on tomorrow," and then states that he encloses "a letter from George. Tell him a Chinaman wrote-it." He finishes his letter saying, "there is a rumour now that the elections are coming on in January."

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

Daily Journal 1926 - Douglas Musgrave Rourke

The daily journal kept by Douglas Musgrave Rourke, first husband of Louise Rourke and an accountant working at the Fort Chipweyan Hudson's Bay Company Fur Trading post, from January 1, 1926 to January 7, 1927. The journal accounts each days events, including weather, business conditions, the arrivals and departures of government agents, HBC traders, RCMP, Indigenous peoples, and other visitors.

The journal is preceded by a page of comments by Louise Rourke and a carbon typescript of a short biography of Louise Rourke. The journal also contains three additional pages included as memoranda, with detailed notes.

Rourke, Douglas Musgrave

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