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Bruce Peel Special Collections Orillia (Ont.)
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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)

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

Orillia Grand Patriotic Concert Souvenir Libretto

Small booklet: a Souvenir Libretto for a Grand Patriotic concert held at the Orillia Opera House on Thursday, February 8th, 1900. Included in the text is a contribution entitled "Canada" by Miss Esther Miller, SBS's cousin.

MacGregor, Esther Miller (Marian Keith)

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, C.B., M.V.O., Canadian Headquarters, Shorncliffe, England. The correspondence, largely confidential, continues to revolve around SBS’s now imminent retirement, and his handing over command to Major-General G.J. Cuthbert on the first of March 1918. Letters, usually confidential, are sent to colleagues and military personnel, explaining SBS’s situation, and his request that he be allowed to remain in England for three months after his retirement, and not immediately return to Canada. Included is the copy of a Resolution passed by the Folkestone Town Council regretting Steele’s retirement, and wishing him all the best; and copies of SBS’s letters of thanks sent once he accepts the retirement order will not be overturned; included are explanatory notes by Harwood Steele (1968) about some of the correspondence found in the file. Handwritten; typewritten

Bartram, Vivian T.

Letter to Marie from Grace (niece from Orillia)

Handwritten letter from Grace in Vancouver to Marie, discussing her move from Orillia to Vancouver; Grace describes meeting a returning soldier from South Africa (Meschendoff) who had served with SBS in Lord Strathcona's Horse. The letter is dated August 31st, 1902.

Steele, Marie (de Lotbinière Harwood), 1859-1951