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Bruce Peel Special Collections South Africa South African War, 1899-1902
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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

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1901

Black leather-bound; hand-written entries Includes identification form at front of diary, addrresses and cash accounts at back of diary

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1901

Burgandy leather-bound; hand-written entries Includes identification form at front of diary; addresses and cash accounts at back of diary

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1906

Black leather-bound; hand-written entries; more of a notebook One separate item from diary placed behind diary in file, re: Proposed Special Constable Posts

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1906

Black leather-bound; hand-written entries; more of a notebook One memo removed from diary and placed separately in file with diary

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1906

Black leather-bound; hand-written entries; more of a notebook Return to England from South Africa discussed Loose items from diary kept in a separate file (see 2008.1.1.2.41.1)

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - [1906]

Black leather-bound; hand-written entries; more of a notebook H.S. writes "notes for interview with Lord Selborne & some inspector's notes

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

SAC Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Memos; applications for duty; requests for transfer; general matters; includes a letter to SAC Pretoria from Captain Birdwood with Steele's reply attached to the original letter; memoranda from Steele.

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

SAC Correspondence - Incoming

Memos; applications for duty; reference letters; general matters and a memo from Robert Baden-Powell discussing Lord K[itchener]'s dispatches and transport.

Baden-Powell, Robert

Confidential Diary - South African Constabulary - 1902-1906

Large, hard-bound diary; typewritten entries

The diaries described as Confidential Diary, contain the following instructions, typed affixed to some of the diaries:

"The Inspector General wishes Officers Commanding Divisions will be so good as to keep personal diaries in duplicate carbon books, and to post the copy to him, confidentially, every day. He himself has been doing this with the High Commissioner and it is found to save a great deal of trouble and correspondence. He recommends Officers Commanding Divisions to adopt a similar course with their sub-divisional or district Officers. The Diary should show chiefly important questions that crop up and in what manner they are settled, suggestions, general points of progress, movements, special orders issued, notes on health, horses, crime, casualties, points from subordinates' diaries, etc., etc. The diary is easily kept by keeping a notebook going during the day and writing it up in the Diary at night. In this way the High Commissioner is kept duly informed of everything that is going on throughout the Corps, a great deal of Official cross-correspondence is saved, and at the same time, if filed, a useful record is kept that can be referred back to at any time. Signed: By Order, J.S. Nicholson, Colonel, Chief Staff Officer, South African Constabulary

"The Inspector General wishes Officers Commanding Divisions will be so good as to keep personal diaries in duplicate carbon books, and to post the copy to him, confidentially, every day. He himself has been doing this with the High Commissioner and it is found to save a great deal of trouble and correspondence. He recommends Officers Commanding Divisions to adopt a similar course with their sub-divisional or district Officers. The Diary should show chiefly important questions that crop up and in what manner they are settled, suggestions, general points of progress, movements, special orders issued, notes on health, horses, crime, casualties, points from subordinates' diaries, etc., etc. The diary is easily kept by keeping a notebook going during the day and writing it up in the Diary at night. In this way the High Commissioner is kept duly informed of everything that is going on throughout the Corps, a great deal of Official cross-correspondence is saved, and at the same time, if filed, a useful record is kept that can be referred back to at any time. Signed: By Order, J.S. Nicholson, Colonel, Chief Staff Officer, South African Constabulary

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

Divisional Commander's Personal Diary - South African Constabulary - Jan. - Mar. 1904

See note for Diary 2008.1.2.2.2.2.1

An additional note is affixed to the front of this diary:

"This book is Government property, and where it is filled, or the operations for which it is issued are concluded, it will be deposited in the Staff Office of the Command from which the Troops have been furnished; or, in the case of an expedition sent from England, it will be forwarded to the War Office"

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to Colonel Steele in his capacity as Commander of the Lord Strathcona's Horse; includes a telegraph on the movement of horses, vehicles, and mules; a telegraph from the High Commissioner; a late pass issued by Steele (and received by Harwood Steele years later); a code sheet; and copy of an outgoing letter possibly written by Steele asking about transport.

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to Colonel Steele in his capacity as Commander of the Lord Strathcona's Horse; includes intelligence messages between the High Commssioner and Admiral; and correspondence with Bank of Montreal representatives who handle financial matters for Lord Strathcona's Horse.

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming

Letters related to horses for mounted infantry in South Africa; a letter from [J.L.] Biggar relating his plans for after the war; a listing of stores for Strathcona's Horse; and a letter from an infantryman transferring to the R.C.A.

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to Colonel Steele in his capacity as Commander of the Lord Strathcona's Horse; includes copies of the telegram sent from the Military Secretary representing Lord Kitchener on the day Lord Strathcona's Horse embarked for home.

Kitchener, Horatio, Lord Kitchener, 1850-1916

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to Colonel Steele in his capacity as Commander of the Lord Strathcona's Horse; includes plans for honouring the Corps in England (with medals, processions, special programs, etc.) and general correspondence and memoranda around final payments, and tying up loose ends; includes a hand-written memo from Steele.

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to Colonel Steele in his capacity as Commander of the Lord Strathcona's Horse; continued general correspondence and memoranda around final payments, and tying up loose ends; includes a list of the non-commissioned officers and constables of the NWMP who served with the Corp under Steele's command and a letter from Minister F.W. Borden acknowledging Steele's request that men from LSH be allowed to join the South African Constabulary.

Borden, F.W. (Frederick William), Sir, 1847-1917

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to Colonel Steele in his capacity as Commander of the Lord Strathcona's Horse; includes continued general correspondence and memoranda around final payments, medals distribution, discharge papers, and tying up of loose ends.

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to Colonel Steele in his capacity as Commander of the Lord Strathcona's Horse; includes continued general correspondence and memoranda around final payments, discharge papers and tying up of loose ends.

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to Colonel Steele in his capacity as Commander of the Lord Strathcona's Horse; includes continued general correspondence and memoranda around final payments, medals distribution, insurance claims, and death reports for men killed while serving with LSH during the Boer War. Included are two detailed letters went to the mother of a young man (Douglas Brayfield) killed during the war.

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to Colonel Steele in his capacity as Commander of the Lord Strathcona's Horse; includes continued general correspondence and memoranda around final payments, medals distribution, discharge papers and tying up of loose ends. There are also letters from Minister F.W. Borden discussing his son's grave site in South Africa.

Borden, F.W. (Frederick William), Sir, 1847-1917

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to Colonel Steele in his capacity as Commander of the Lord Strathcona's Horse; includes continued general correspondence and memoranda around medal disbursements, final payments, death reports, discharge papers, and tying up loose ends.

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

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