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Attached wedding invitation

Attached wedding invitation enclosed in a letter to SBS from Marie dated August 3rd, 1902. The invitation is from Captain J. O'Donnell of S.A.C. inviting SBS to the wedding of his daughter Mabel to Captain J. Sholto Douglas, also of S.A.C.

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

General Correspondence - 1900

General Correspondence – Various matters including congratulations on position with the South African Constabulary. Handwritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1901

General Correspondence – Incoming and outgoing, congratulatory correspondence; includes a confidential letter from Lord Strathcona expressing his disappointment that Sam is returning to South Africa rather than back to Canada, and a letter of reference written for a Captain Healy from Sam Steele. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Smith, Donald Alexander, Lord Strathcona, 1820-1914

General Correspondence - 1901

General Correspondence – Various matters including a letter written by Steele discussing usefulness of horses in his career. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1901

General Correspondence – Various matters including arrangements for returning to South Africa; family letters, etc. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1901

General Correspondence – Various matters including arrangements for return and settlement in South Africa. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1902

General Correspondence – Letters from family and friends, re: various matters including correspondence around an inquiry by the Liverpool City Police. Handwritten; Typewritten.

MacGregor, Esther Miller (Marian Keith)

General Correspondence - 1902

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from R. Belcher, and a letter form Harold M. Daly reassuring SBS that he would support him over the 'scandalous report' criculating about the SAC [banquet]. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Belcher, Robert

General Correspondence - 1901

General Correspondence – Letters from family and friends, re: various matters; includes a letter from the parent seeking further information about a son killed in South Africa. Handwritten.

Pearce, William

General Correspondence - 1902

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from family members; John McIllree; Lily McIllree; W.M. Herchmer; and material sent from a real estate agent in Toronto with information about farms for sale in Ontario counties, etc. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Herchmer, Lawrence William, Commissioner, NWMP

General Correspondence - 1902

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from family members; M.B. Everton; Willie Lewis; J. Lyons Biggar; William Hubbard, etc. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Biggar, J.L. , Major

General Correspondence - 1902

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from men who served with Steele in South Africa. Handwritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1902

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a family letter with attached photographs. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1902

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letters from J. Lyons Biggar; Frank Oliver; Ernest Cruikshank; A. Cameron Macdonell, etc. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Biggar, J.L. , Major

General Correspondence - 1902

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from Hedley J. Kirkpatrick, who served in the Boer War, describing his trip to Canada. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1903

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes an outgoing letter from SBS to “Jack”; and a letter and report from “The United Service Lodge of Pretoria (SBS is a member). Handwritten; Typewritten.

Steele , Vivian

General Correspondence - 1903

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from [R. G. Tupper] who Steele knew from the Riel Uprising days. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1903

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter suggesting that Steele is entitled to scrip for his service in the “North West Rebellion 1885.” Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1903

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes an outgoing letter from SBS to “Jack”; and a letter asking Steele to chair the ‘Canadian Banquet’ being planned in Pretoria. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1903

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: Dominion Day Banquet expenses, and a letter from an old acquaintance, C. Shields. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1903

General Correspondence – A letter from “The Veterans Locating and Colonization Association” (Canada). Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1903

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: Ontario land grant application and a letter from Sir Percy Girouard. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1904

General Correspondence – Colonel Steele’s largely outgoing general typewritten correspondence, written on a variety of matters, including his application for the Command of the new military district to be formed in the North West Territories, with headquarters in Calgary; includes incoming personal letters and a handwritten listing of the “Personal Correspondence of Col. S.B. Steele” (1904). Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1904

General Correspondence – Colonel Steele’s largely outgoing general typewritten correspondence, written on a variety of matters; includes incoming personal letters including a lengthy one from possibly H.J. Woodside (letter is unsigned). Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1904

General Correspondence – Colonel Steele’s largely outgoing general typewritten correspondence, written on a variety of matters, many concerning personal business, letters of reference, etc.; includes incoming personal letters. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1904

General Correspondence – Colonel Steele’s largely outgoing general typewritten correspondence, written on a variety of matters; includes incoming personal letters. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1905

General Correspondence – Colonel Steele’s outgoing general typewritten correspondence, written on a variety of matters, and incoming personal letters; includes a letter from J. Lyons Biggar. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Biggar, J.L. , Major

General Correspondence - 1904

General Correspondence – Colonel Steele’s largely outgoing general typewritten correspondence, written on a variety of matters; includes incoming personal letters. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1904

General Correspondence – Colonel Steele’s largely outgoing general typewritten correspondence, written on a variety of matters; includes incoming personal letters. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1905

General Correspondence – Colonel Steele’s outgoing general typewritten correspondence, written on a variety of matters, and incoming personal letters; includes letters of reference written by Steele. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1905

General Correspondence – Colonel Steele’s outgoing general typewritten correspondence, written on a variety of matters, includes incoming personal letters. Handwritten; Typewritten

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

General Correspondence - 1905

General Correspondence – Colonel Steele’s outgoing general typewritten correspondence, written on a variety of matters, and incoming personal letters; includes a letter concerning various financial matters from his brother-in-law and personal business manager, C.A. Harwood. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

General Correspondence - 1905

General Correspondence – Colonel Steele’s outgoing general typewritten correspondence, written on a variety of matters, and incoming personal letters; includes a letter from British writer Erskine Childers, brother James; J. Lyons Biggar, and others. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Biggar, J.L. , Major

General Correspondence - 1905

General Correspondence – Colonel Steele’s outgoing general typewritten correspondence, written on a variety of matters, and incoming personal letters; including letters from Vivian Bartram; Lillie Davis; and Margaret Trimble. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1905

General Correspondence – Colonel Steele’s outgoing general typewritten correspondence, written on a variety of matters, and incoming personal letters; includes book orders placed by Steel. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1905

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from A.[O.] Vaughn regarding the start-up of the Legion of Frontiersmen in South Africa, and a letter from the Secretary of the Legion noting a change of name from "Preliminary Committee" to "General Council". Handwritten.

Cowan , George

General Correspondence - 1905

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes a letter from brother James B. Steele describing the lots he bought, and a letter of reference written by Steele for Captain T. L. De Havilland and Captain E. Dudley. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Steele, James B. Steele

General Correspondence - 1905

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from F.W. Borden discussing Steele’s possible future militia service in Canada. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1906

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes several letters from A.M. Jarvis; and letters from widows of former Steele colleagues Alex Macdonell and D.W. Davis; information about a book on ‘corpulence’ ; also includes Steele’s corrected copy of his record of service sent to the Editor, Who’s Who [interesting to note that Steele did not correct his birth date which is listed as 5th Jan 1855, making him seven years younger than he actually was]. Handwritten; Typewritten

Jarvis, A.M.

General Correspondence - 1906

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes one outgoing letter from Steele and a letter from A.C. Macdonell, writing from Battleford on Royal North-West Mounted Police stationary . Also includes letters and a draft Legion of Frontiersmen programme sent to SBS from the L of F secretary regarding financing for the Legion. Handwritten; Typewritten

Macdonell, Albert Edward Cortland

General Correspondence - 1906

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: discussing the Steele’s’ return to Canada and other matters; includes a letter from [H.J. Woodside]. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1906

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes correspondence around possibly purchasing land at Carrot River, Saskatchewan. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1906

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes several letters from family members, acquaintances, and a book order list. Also includes a letter from George Heaney regarding the Legion of Frontiersmen in South Africa. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1906

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including many discussing Steele’s upcoming departure from South Africa. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1906

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, many from family re: various matters including concerns about Marie Steele’s recent serious illness; also includes two letters of recommendation written by SBS for George Burroughs and [W.K. Humpey]. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1906

General Correspondence – Personal letters re: various matters; includes a letter and attached clippings from the widow of Major Percy E. Henderson, a military officer and writer, and a letter from a former NWMP colleague. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1906

General Correspondence – Personal letters, many from family re: various matters; includes correspondence around Sam Steele’s disappointment with an article written about him and published in the periodical: “Canada.” Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1907

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; received by Steele while living in Kensington, London, England. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1907

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from George E. Laidlaw; C.A. Harwood; R. Belcher; John B. Bright; etc.; also a letter written from Steele to C.A. Harwood commenting on a recently published NWMP history, discussing some perceived errors in the book. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Belcher, Robert

General Correspondence - 1907

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from Hugh J. Macdonald, R. Baden-Powell, etc. as well as a membership notice from the Legion of Frontiersmen. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Baden-Powell, Robert

General Correspondence - 1907

General Correspondence – Personal letters received by Steele while living in Kensington, London, England, re: various matters; includes a letter from R. Baden-Powell. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Baden-Powell, Robert

General Correspondence - 1907

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; sent to Steele upon his return to Canada; includes an article Henry J. Woodside wrote for “Canada” magazine, and forwarded to Steele for his information, and a letter from [D.C. Long] Innes in South Africa. Handwritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1907

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including business and financial matters; includes a letter from Captain Cartwright, Ex-NWMP and Strathcona’s Horse. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1907

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a covering letter and attachments related to Captain J.R. McDonnell; a letter from A.M. Jarvis enroute to Herschel Island; and a letter from George Cowan. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Cowan , George

General Correspondence - 1907

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes several letters from former South African colleagues, as well as from various family members. Includes a letter from a former NWMP colleague, {Rich J. Morgan] now with the Yellowstone Park Association who is sending “Miss Steele” a book of scenes from the Park. Handwritten; Typewritten

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

General Correspondence - 1908

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes several letters from former South African colleagues, as well as from various family members; includes a letter and printed set of reference letters from Captain F. W. Jarvis, who was in South Africa with Steele, asking for information on positions in Canada, etc. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1908

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from Sam’s mother-in-law; two letters from Z.I. Wood, Assistant Commissioner of the NWMP; and letters from former colleagues, including E. Dudley. Handwritten; Typewritten.

McDougall, John Alexander, 1854-1928

General Correspondence - 1909

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from former South African colleagues: [D. Roil]and Helen [Ilys]; and a letter from A.C. Macdonell on Militia and Defence Canada stationary. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Macdonell , A. Cameron , Sir

General Correspondence - 1909

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes several letters from family members, letters of thanks from recipients of portraits Steele sent; Teddy Rundle regarding his planned book with attached clipping; a letter from a former SAC colleague discussing SAC and the current police force in South Africa, and a letter from John Murray encouraging Steele to write his memoirs. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Rundle, E.G. (Teddy)

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, Jun. 1901

Correspondence sent to Steele from Comptroller Fred White; one letter informs Steele that he has been granted a further leave of absence from the NWMP in order to serve with the South African Constabulary.

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

NWMP General Orders

Printed revised general orders booklet; also used by Steele with the South African Constabulary and stamped with the SAC stamp on the inside and back cover pages.

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

SAC Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing Copies

Correspondence related to SAC commissions, including a letter from Minister F.W. Borden further explaining the role of the Canadian Government in recruitment for this force; letters from Sam discussing SAC commissions, etc.

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

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