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General Correspondence - 1918

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes medical advice for Steele; information from the Motherland Masonic Lodge; “Overseas Estate” related correspondence; and letters from friends and acquaintances, including a letter from Sir John W. Carson responding to Steele’s extended sympathy on the loss of his son, killed on a battlefield in France, etc. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

General Correspondence - 1918

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from Hugh J. Macdonald in which he discusses, among other things, his father’s (Sir John A. Macdonald) high esteem of Steele; a letter from [A.M. Jarvis], with the Canadian Corps; and a letter from [?] Main, responding to sympathies on the death of his son in the War. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Jarvis, A.M.

General Correspondence - 1918

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; letters from family and friends, including J. Lyons Biggar, Lord Dundonald and others, as well as Masonic Lodge(s) correspondence. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Biggar, J.L. , Major

General Correspondence - 1918

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes Steele’s letters to friends George H. French and J.A. (Jack) Kerr; and letters received from D.H. [Daniel Hunter] McMillan, Clifford Sifton and his brother Arthur, re: pension matters for Steele, [?] Shaughnessy, Ellen Frances Gill (niece), A.M. Jarvis, I. F. Stewart, Hugh J. Macdonald, etc.; includes correspondence with his doctor, and from the Motherland Masonic Lodge; concern expressed about Steele’s lingering illness. Handwritten; Typewritten.

French, George Arthur

General Correspondence - 1919

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes correspondence with doctors; and letters to and from family and friends, including: cousin Esther Miller (author who wrote under the pen-name: Marian Keith); [D. McDonald]; J.B. Mitchell, A.M. Jarvis, letters from family and friends: W.D. Bruce, Fred B. Denison, Edward Evans, and others; includes correspondence with Denis Lawrence, a Solicitor, re: Steele legally adding the name ‘Benfield’ to his sir-name. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Jarvis, A.M.

General Correspondence - 1917

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from Bessie Borden acknowledging Steele’s letter of sympathy on the death of her husband, Sir Frederick Borden; a letter from brother Jim; two letters from [J.C. MacDougall] visiting in London; a letter of thanks from W.P. Bull, a letter from brother-in-law C.A. Harwood, and other letters from colleagues and friends. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Bull, William Perkins, 1870-1948

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 cousins Esther Miller. Orillia, Ontario, and Catherine Moon, Moonstone, Ontario; also a letter and account statement from the Hotel Vancouver. Handwritten.

MacGregor, Esther Miller (Marian Keith)

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 - 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 – 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

General Correspondence - 1900

General Correspondence – Congratulatory letters, re: Steele’s appointment to lead Strathcona’s Horse command in South Africa, etc. Includes a letter from his older step-brother, John Steele and a letter from A.M. Jarvis station at the Dalton Trail Post. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Jarvis, A.M.

General Correspondence - 1900

General Correspondence – Various personal letters including from William Ogilvie; A.R Macdonell; A.M. Jarvis; T.B. Strange; and a telegram sent to C.A. Harwood, re: police uniform. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

General Correspondence - 1900

General Correspondence – Congratulatory letters, etc. re: Lord Strathcona’s Horse and South Africa. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1900

General Correspondence – Letters from [Elmes]; Senator Auguste [Landry]; and from the school Flora Steele was attending. Handwritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1900

General Correspondence – Letters, many from family members; includes a letter from S.S. Cornelia, a teacher at Flora’s school in Montreal. Handwritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1900

General Correspondence – Various matters including congratulations on position with the South African Constabulary. Handwritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1901

General Correspondence – Letters sent to Sam Steele upon his return to England from the Boer War in South Africa; includes invitations, general congratulatory notes; and many inquiries from families of men enlisted in the Boer War. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1901

General Correspondence – Incoming and outgoing, congratulatory correspondence; includes a confidential letter from Lord Strathcona expressing his disappointment that Sam is returning to South Africa rather than back to Canada, and a letter of reference written for a Captain Healy from Sam Steele. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Smith, Donald Alexander, Lord Strathcona, 1820-1914

General Correspondence - 1901

General Correspondence – Various matters including a letter written by Steele discussing usefulness of horses in his career. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1901

General Correspondence – Various matters including arrangements for returning to South Africa; family letters, etc. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

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: Harwood Steele

Letters sent to SBS from his son Harwood, includes early letters written from Calgary in 1909, and later letters describing his military experiences; includes telegrams and one letter dated January 5th, [1916? 1917?] marked by H.S. 'for use only if necessary'. Hand-written

Steele, Harwood

Correspondence - Subject: Memoirs

Correspondence, incoming and outgoing, related to Steele's request for information related to research for his memoirs: "Forty Years in Canada". Includes letters and information from Charles Winter, Lord Strathcona, Robert Baden-Powell, James Steele and Superintendent W. Routledge

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

Correspondence - Subject: Memoirs

Letters sent to SBS from colleagues in reply to requests for shared memories of their time together as research for Steele's memoirs: "Forty Years in Canada"; includes material from the following individuals: Griffiths Wainwright; H.[S.Holt]; D. Paterson; H. [Skirving]; James Ross; and unidentified signature; includes a typewritten manuscript entitled: "Battle of Queenston Heights", unknown author, dated 13 Oct. 1912; and a short essay by SBS on Colonel James Macleod [1912]

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

Correspondence - Subject: The Savoy Hotel Banquet 'Scandal'

Correspondence, incoming and outoing, related to Steele's clearing his name from charges of inappropriate behavior at this banquet held in honour of Lord Strathcona's Horse returning from the South African Boer War. File is marked by H.S. 'for use only if necessary'). Includes correspondence referencing the publishing of W.T.R. Preston's book: "The Life and Times of Lord Strathcona, with its section referring to an inappropriate toast made at this banquet Handwritten and typewritten documents

Preston, William Thomas Rochester

Correspondence - Subject: Personal Ephemera

Military tournament and Horse show tickets, pony gymkhana program, Independent Order of Forester's Permit, miniature printed calendar booklet (1903), invitations, a lock of hair (no identification) enclosed in an envelope; a wedding invitation for the daughter of Major Robert Belcher, etc.

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

Correspondence - Subject: Personal Ephemera

Ball invitation, hairnet, brochure, imprint, poem: "Myself Not God", notices, wedding invitation, calendar (1909), invitations, memorium card for Reverend John Gray, business cards, etc. Includes a published drawing and note about portaging on the Winnipeg River in July of 1870.

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

Correspondence - Subject: Personal Ephemera

Programs, menus, imprint, German passport, notes, The Pelman Institute 'Mind and Memory' information. The Petawawa Camp Fish and Game Club report, Steele house description (Putney?), real estate viewing authorizations (Putney, England), Perkins Bull Hospital Masonic Club member's cards, Dover Garrison entry card, etc.

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

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

Correspondence - Individuals: H.D.B. Ketchen, [1912], 1915-1918

Letters sent to SBS from H.D.B. Ketchen, many written while he was active in the field, serving as a Brigadier General, during the First World War. Many of these letters were marked by Harwood Steele as being "For Use Only if Necessary" and an enclosed list indicates which letters were so marked. Hand-written

Ketchen, H.D.B.

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