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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 - 1908

General Correspondence – Includes a letter from the South African Club, notifying Steele he is their honorary president; a letter from John A. McDougall, Mayor of Edmonton; a letter from R. Belcher; and others. Handwritten; typewritten.

McDougall, John Alexander, 1854-1928

General Correspondence - 1911

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including letters from Louis J. [Lipsett], [? Main]; Fred White; George Cowan, etc. and a Havergal report card for Flora Steele. Handwritten.

Cowan , George

General Correspondence - 1912

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including book order details; house sale details; a letter from A.C. Macdonell; and one from a South African friend, [L.P. Hess]. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Macdonell , A. Cameron , Sir

General Correspondence - 1913

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including correspondence related to the “Forty Years” manuscript; and letters from former NWMP (including Z.T.Wood) and South African colleagues; also includes a letter regarding the artist Charles Russell. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

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

Letter from Flora Steele to SBS, 30 Mar 1902

Handwritten letter from Flora Steele in Montreal to her father in South Africa. Flora writes about missing her father, talks about holy week holidays at school, and mentions letters she has received and written. 2pp.

Steele, Flora

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

NWMP Correspondence - Incoming, Feb. - Nov. 1902

Letters to both C.A. Harwood and Mrs. Steele from Comptroller Fred White discussing the Police Officers' Pension Bill and Steele, a newsy letter to Steele from White on various matters; a letter to Steele from White acknowledging his request for a further extension on his leave of absence from the NWMP and application for superannuation; further letters from White regarding Steele's retirement and pension allowances; general pension-related correspondence.

Harwood, C.A.

NWMP Correspondence - Incoming, 1903

Correspondence to Steele from Comptroller Fred White discussing Steele's NWMP pension; enclosed with White's letters is a copy of the order retiring Steele from the NWMP (March 1, 1903), a copy of a statement detailing Steele's pay received and to be received as pension, and a copy of a letter from the Auditor General concurring with the statements made by White, re: Steele's pension payments.

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

SAC Correspondence – Incoming / Outgoing

Memos; applications for duty; general matters including brief reports with attached correspondence; and a letter from R. Baden-Powell informing of his new appointment which will take him away from SAC, as well as his recommendation about Steele made to Lord Kitchener.

Baden-Powell, Robert

SAC Correspondence – Incoming / Outgoing

Memoranda and general correspondence; includes letters to a mother in Toronto wondering about the whereabouts of her son in South Africa; letters of reference and inquiries about SAC positions, etc.

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

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

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