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T. A. Patrick Letters & Correspondence

An archive of 52 interesting and significant letters by Thomas “Alf” Patrick and his wife Marion (1889-1904). Almost all letters come with their original stamped mailing envelopes (49 envelopes in total). 44 letters are by Thomas and 8 by Marion.
Most of the letters are handwritten and signed, ranging from a single page up to five pages, often closely written. 3 are typed and signed.
In the case of letters by Thomas Patrick, many of the letters to his wife are almost in diary form recording events as they happened [often mailed from Regina]. Some letters are written when Patrick was physically sitting in the Legislative Chambers waiting for events to unfold there. These are usually on embossed North West Territory Legislative stationery.
Three themes run through the archive:

  • Significant political matters and events surrounding the period when Patrick served in the North West Territories Legislature
  • Historical events on the Prairies
  • Issues relating to a lack of infrastructure and a changing societal and political landscape due to heavy immigration into the
    Prairies.
  • Life on the Prairies in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
  • The close personal relationship and related family matters between two early pioneers in Saskatchewan
    Topics covered include: medical, legislative matters, Indians and half-breeds, railway events, life in Saltcoats and Regina, Saskatchewan, land investments, illnesses on the prairies, people (Clifford Sifton and Frederick Haultain) and related topics, immigration, Mennonites, Hungarians, Doukhobors, infrastructure, visiting patients, and much more.

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to mother (3 February 1885)

Handwritten letter from Roger Pocock with a NWMP detachment [in the Prairies] to his mother in Ontario. His letter is very descriptive about what he is doing, his fellow officers, the barracks, and his thoughts about the current political situation in Europe and Great Britain, etc. He also discusses the Force's relationship with nearby townspeople (not good) and with Indigenous people. Pocock talks about Indian unrest and the potential for war; he refers to the "scalp market".

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to mother (21 February 1885)

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock in Regina to his mother in Ontario. He discusses the loss of his manuscript which the NWMP did not approve of, and goes on to describe in detail his fellow 'chums' at the Regina NWMP post, including a Charlie Sinclair who served in 1874 with the Wolseley expedition.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to father (1 March 1885)

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock in Regina to his father in Ontario. Roger talks about how he is out of the Quartermaster's Store, and describes his current duties of stable work and prison guarding, etc. He discusses rumors about Riel and a potential rebellion, promising to write more as he learns further details.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to father (March 1885)

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock in Regina to his father in Ontario. Roger is about to depart from the NWMP fort at Regina, en route for Qu'appelle with a party of other NWMP constables. Two small sketches of a marching patrolman (Pocock) and the Fort is included in the written letter.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to mother ([March 1885])

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to his mother in Ontario. This letter provides a detailed account of Roger's journey with NWMP troops travelling from Regina to Fort Qu'appelle and on to Prince Albert. While on this journey, Roger froze the toes of his right foot and is under medical supervision as he writes, describing the great pain he is experiencing. He includes a small map showing the route from Regina to Prince Albert.

Pocock, Roger