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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

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to mother (1-11 May 1885)

A composite handwritten letter from Roger Pocock at Prince Albert to his mother in Ontario. Pocock is confined to a sick bed, while he recovers from having five toes of his right foot amputated due to frostbite. His letter is full of details about fellow NWMP force members, and he talks about his hoped-for reorganization of the Force; his observations of their skirmishes, marches, and dress, and asks for reading material to be sent to him while he recovers. Roger describes the march, his bout of frostbitten feet, toe amputations, skirmish at Duck Lake, and his days healing from the surgery.

Pocock, Roger

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

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock in Prince Albert to his father in Ontario. Roger continues to be in sick bay in the "detachment station 1 1/2 miles from Fort Prince Albert" as he recovers from his toe amputation surgery. His letter is long and filled with his observations, comments, and responses to questions his parents have asked him in earlier letters.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1885 scrapbook: letter to mother (16 September 1885)

A handwritten letter from Roger Pocock in Prince Albert to his mother in Ontario. He mentions the photographs he recently had taken, the jacket he is tailoring, and describes his daily routine and the people he meets and spends time with. Among other incidents, Pocock describes the situation of some of his colleagues, including two who deserted, and he states that he won't be vaccinated against small pox as there are no cases of the disease for 500 miles of Prince Albert.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1886 scrapbook: letter to mother (14 March 1886)

Letter from Pocock to his mother dated 14 March 1886. Pocock describes his displeasure with 'morning Church parades' as they are compulsory and force the troop to work on a Sunday morning; he participated in a silent protest with the rest of the troop during the sermon. He then describes the seriousness of his recent frost bite and his recovery from that injury. Uncertain whether the last part of this letter is missing.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1886 scrapbook: letter to mother and father (20 April 1886)

Letter from Pocock to his mother and father dated 20 April 1886. Pocock writes about how the recovery of his foot has regressed and how the camp doctor had moved on to Fort McLeod. He also describes the spring weather conditions including the ice break-up and prairie fires. Pocock's cigar selling is going well and he records his sales and profits. He has moved into the barracks and is very happy about the move. Pocock is then reading "Life of Christ" by Frederic Farrar. The most popular sport for the troop is curling. He ends the letter by worrying about upcoming payments for a dance and mess expenses and how he had to pay to replace stolen items.

Pocock, Roger

Loose item from 1886 scrapbook: letter to mother (6 August 1886)

Letter from Pocock to his mother dated 6 August 1886. Pocock writes of his anticipated sick leave. He will receive treatment in Regina, but does not want to stay there for the recovery; he will put in a request to have his sick leave in either Toronto or Banff. He then anticipates being discharged and having to find a place to settle that has mild winter temperatures because of his frostbitten foot. He writes about setting up a cigar shop in Vancouver and selling the land once real estate prices go up.
He mentions an incident involving his friend Monty over a revolver; he then describes the revolver in detail supplied with a sketch of it. Pocock writes about his new found confidence and his preferences in fashion and personal grooming.
He mentions that there was a hailstorm the previous night from which there was "immense damage"; he sketched the size of the hail stones. Pocock purchased four [paintings?] of Lake Superior by Fred Bingham. He is writing essays on religious topics and is not ready to submit them.

Pocock, Roger