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General Correspondence - 1914

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from H.J. Woodside with an attached review he wrote on William Ogilvie’s publication: “Yukon and its Goldfields...” and a letter from a South African acquaintance, Andrew Johnston. 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 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

NWMP Correspondence - Incoming, Jun., Sep. 1897

Two hand-written letters to Steele from Commissioner L.W. Herchmer, discussing his personal situation as Commissioner, and in the second letter, discussing Steele's upcoming Yukon assignment.

Herchmer, Lawrence William, Commissioner, NWMP

NWMP Correspondence - Incoming, Apr. 1898

Submitted proposals for building boats for the NWMP for use in the Yukon; a letter from Fred White warning Steele to avoid friction with Major Walsh; a memo from [R.] Belcher describing conditions on the Chilkoot Pass; a letter expressing concern about custom duties.

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

NWMP Correspondence - Incoming, May 1898

Letter from J.W. [Willison] of the Caribou Police Post commenting on a number of topics including numbering boats, registering people, and investigating private mining options for himself and Steele (if interested).

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

NWMP Correspondence - Incoming, Jul. 1898

Correspondence sent to Steele from Minister Clifford Sifton and Comptroller Fred White outlining plans for policing the Yukon and the role Steele will have in this; telegram from May Steele.

Sifton, Clifford, Sir, 1861-1929

NWMP Correspondence - Incoming, Aug. 1898

Correspondence sent to Steele related to his duties in the Yukon from Fred White, Yukon Commissioner James. M. Walsh, A.B. Perry, and William Pearce, Superintendent of Mines; includes a completed Chilkoot Pass duty form and instructions for Steele's transfer to Dawson.

Pearce, William

NWMP Correspondence - Incoming, Dec. 1898

Correspondence sent to Steele related to his duties in the Yukon from Commissioner William Ogilvie, and others (one partial, undated letter); includes a letter appointing Steele as License Commissioner of the Yukon Territory.

Ogilvie, William, Commissioner, Yukon Territory

NWMP Correspondence - Incoming, Jan. 1899

Correspondence sent to Steele related to his duties in the Yukon, including that of Commission Council member, from Commissioner Ogilvie and others; includes a petition related to establishing a dental association in the Yukon Territory.

Ogilvie, William, Commissioner, Yukon Territory

NWMP Correspondence - Incoming, Feb. 1899

Correspondence sent to Steele related to his duties in the Yukon, including that of Commission Council member, from Commissioner Ogilvie and others; includes a report and letters concerning the collection of mining royalties.

Ogilvie, William, Commissioner, Yukon Territory

NWMP Correspondence - Incoming, Mar. 1899

Correspondence sent to Steele related to his duties in the Yukon, including that of Commission Council member, from Commissioner Ogilvie, and revolving around legal matters and charges of officials improperly handling money.

Ogilvie, William, Commissioner, Yukon Territory

NWMP Correspondence - Incoming, Apr. 1899

Correspondence sent to Steele related to his duties in the Yukon, including that of Commission Council member, from Commissioner Ogilvie and Comptroller Fred White; several items relate to budgetary matters for the Yukon NWMP Division.

Ogilvie, William, Commissioner, Yukon Territory

NWMP Correspondence - Incoming, May 1899

Correspondence sent to Steele related to his duties in the Yukon, including that of Commission Council member; various matters are discussed including a lengthy outlining of a domestic situation, and a letter of appreciation from the Presbyterian Minister in Dawson for Steele's establishment of law and order in the Territory.

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

NWMP Correspondence - Incoming, Jun. 1899

Correspondence sent to Steele related to his duties in the Yukon, including that of Commission Council member, from Commissioner Ogilvie, NWMP Commissioner Herchmer, and others, re: police administration, customs collecting, a police case, and his invitation to the 4th of July celebration in Dawson.

Herchmer, Lawrence William, Commissioner, NWMP

NWMP Correspondence - Incoming, Aug.1899

Correspondence sent to Steele from Comptroller Fred White, discussing (in both an official and private capacity) Steele's transfer back to the North West from the Yukon and the decision to transfer Inspector Harper back to the Territories; a letter from a John Gillespie, discussing his return to Dawson; and a letter marked personal sent to SBS from [J. Burstall] regarding monies owing SBS.

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

NWMP Correspondence - Incoming, Sep. 1899

Correspondence sent to Steele related to his duties in the Yukon, including that of Commission Council member, from Comptroller Fred White and others; several items relate to Steele's leaving the Yukon and include letters of introduction for him as well as an offer to be stationed next in either Macleod or Calgary; one letter from an anxious mother wondering about her prospecting son.

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

NWMP Correspondence - Incoming, Oct. 1899

Correspondence sent to Steele related to his duties in the Yukon, including that of Commission Council member, from Comptroller Fred White, and others; several items relate to details surrounding Steele's departure from the Yukon and planned leave of absence, Steele's desire to have a meeting with Prime Minister Laurier; and a letter sent to White expressing 'sorrow' at Steele's recall from the Yukon.

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

NWMP Correspondence - Incoming, Nov. 1899

Correspondence sent to Steele from Superintendent Z.T. Wood, thanking him for his Yukon service and wishing him well for the future; from Comptroller Fred White on a variety of matters; and a letter from am anxious parent trying to locate their son.

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

NWMP Correspondence - Incoming, Jan. 1900

Correspondence sent to Steele related to tying up loose ends and a letter sent to [Captain] Macdonnell from NWMP Commissioner Herchmer. Also includes a letter sent to SBS from F.L Cartwright, a NWMP officer who served with Steele in the Yukon, and now writing from Grand Forks, B.C. Cartwright discusses the injustice of SBS's removal from the Yukon, and expresses interest in signing up for the Boer War.

Cartwright, Francis Lennox

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military District #10, based at the Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg; includes correspondence to and from R.J. Gwynne, with SBS questioning reports that Gwynne has stated his dissatisfaction with Steele’s treatment of Saskatchewan officers; letters around the appointment of another officer for the District 10, and changing the District to a Division; the resignation of the Commander of The Cameron Highlanders; and other matters. There is a letter sent to SBS from O.W. Evans who served under Steele with the N.W.M.P. in the Yukon. Handwritten; typewritten

Gwynne, R.J.

Letter to Marie Steele, 07 Feb. 1909

Letter from Sam to Marie, with an attached letter and clipping sent to SBS from E.W. [N]utch, a former NWMP constable who served with SBS in the Yukon. He now owns a fruit farm in the Okanagan.

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