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Steele, Samuel B. (Samuel Benfield), 1848-1919 North West Mounted Police (Canada)
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Attached letter to Marie Steele from Alex Jarvis

A handwritten letter to Marie Steele from Inspector Alex Jarvis with the NWMP in the Yukon. He writes about people and changes in Dawson, and discusses his thoughts about leaving the force. Marie sent this letter to Sam in a letter she wrote dated June 17th, 1902.

Jarvis, A.M.

Business Interests: Speeches

Speeches given by SBS to various gatherings; topics include: Lord Strathcona's Trust; Red River expedition; military defence; and NWMP and the early West. There are several copies of some speeches

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

Correspondence - Individuals: Roger Pocock, 1905-1915

Correspondence – Individuals: Roger Pocock Correspondence with Roger Pocock, largely incoming, although includes SBS’s article he wrote, entitled: “Conduct of Irregular Horse” for Pocock’s book: The Frontiersman’s Pocketbook; many of the letters are written on Legion of Frontiersman letterhead, and includes early letters regarding the start-up of the Legion of Frontiersmen, and a printed brochure about this organization. The 1910 letter discusses Steele’s book, and goes into detail about Roger’s view of politics, the boy scouts, theatre, his lecture tour, etc. The 1914-1915 letters discuss the war, Steele and Pocock’s roles in the war, and Pocock’s comments about Harwood’s writing and the publication of his first book of poetry. Handwritten; Typewritten

Pocock, Roger

Daily Journal, Personal - 1892

Cloth-bound daily journal with hand written entries from Fort Macleod; one memo written to SBS from [D.L. Meetison] requesting a loan, removed from diary and placed behind it in file.

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

Daily Journal, Personal - 1893

Cloth-bound daily journal with hand-written entries from Fort Macleod; very brief entries, largely empty; one cash accounts notation at back of journal.

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

Daily Journal, Personal - 1899

Cloth-bound daily journal with hand-written entries, written at Dawson, Skagway, and Lake Bennett. A list of letters mailed and accounts register kept at end of journal.

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

Daily Journal, Personal - 1899

Cloth-bound; hand-written entries List of letters mailed and cash accounts register maintained at back of journal Journal stamped "1898", but used in 1899

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

General Correspondence - 1892

General Correspondence – Includes a letter of apology from L.W. Herchmer, re: remarks about SBS and Mrs. Steele. Handwritten.

Herchmer, Lawrence William, Commissioner, NWMP

General Correspondence - 1892

General Correspondence – Includes letter from Robert Harwood; and promotion supporting letter from Minister of Public Works, Canada. Handwritten.

Harwood, Robert William

General Correspondence - 1898

General Correspondence – From friends and family including H.B. Runnall, H. Oliver, cousin Esther Miller, J. [Acten], etc. Handwritten.

MacGregor, Esther Miller (Marian Keith)

General Correspondence - 1898

General Correspondence – From friends and family etc., many congratulating SBS on his Yukon promotion. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1898

General Correspondence – From acquaintances and friends; includes one letter written in French with an attached translation to English. Handwritten.

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

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 – Telegram and copies of a letter presented to Eric Harvie, Glenbow Foundation in January 1968; letter dated 1899 requesting club membership. Handwritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1899

General Correspondence – Personal letters from W. De Carle Hudson, and a letter commenting on a court-ordered death sentence. 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 - 1899

General Correspondence – From family friends including cousin Esther Miller, a letter from Marie Steele’s sister, Mrs. Alice Harwood Farish with a note from Marie added to the end of the letter; a telegram, and private letter from the Commissioner’s Office in Dawson. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Farrish, Alice

General Correspondence - 1899

General Correspondence – Includes letters from A.R. Macdonell; a reference check; and from C.A. Harwood discussing problems with the postal system. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

General Correspondence - 1899

General Correspondence – Includes letter from [A.M.] Jarvis with attached letter from Marie Steele; memo; a personal letter from A.B. Perry; and a note to “John” from Steele. Handwritten.

Jarvis, A.M.

General Correspondence - 1899

General Correspondence – Includes a letter of introduction for Sam Steele for the U.S. Senate; various personal letters from friends and family commenting on Steele’s approaching departure; included is a Yukon River Transportation Company pass. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1899

General Correspondence – Various personal letters from family and friends, many related to Steele’s departure from the Yukon and interest in his future plans; includes letters from H.B. Jayne providing support and a letter of testimony regarding SBS's character while serving with the NWMP in the Yukon.. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Jayne, H.B.

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 - 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: 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 - 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 - 1909

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from colleagues and friends such as: [H.?] Irving; A.L. Haydon; R.J. Gwynne; E.B. Edwards; Hugh Davidson; E.G. (Teddy)Rundle; and others. Handwritten.

Gwynne, R.J.

General Correspondence - 1910

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from A.W. Strange. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1913

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including correspondence regarding Steele’s Memoirs; letter from a former NWMP colleague asking for assistance; and a letter from the Chief Surveyor, Province of Saskatchewan. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Niblett, Mollie Glen

General Correspondence - 1915

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; including a letter sent from Sam to the publishers of his Memoirs; a letter from Sam to C.A. Harwood; a letter from M.I. Macleod, widow of N.W.M.P. Commissioner James F. Macleod, thanking Sam for sending a copy of his book and commenting on the mention of her husband in said book, and letters received from family and friends. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

General Correspondence - 1917

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; includes letters from family and friends: W.D. Bruce, Fred B. Denison, Edward Evans, A.M. Jarvis, Ellen Gill, and others; a letter sent to Captain Bennett Goldney with a message for Steele from Queen Alexandra; *also letters sent from SBS to his cousin James B. Clarke, and to his brother-in-law, C.A. Harwood, re: Steele’s treatment by the ‘Canadian Authorities’, ( letters marked by H.S. ‘for use only if necessary’); several copies of the May 4th letter to A.C. Harwood; a copy of a letter SBS wrote to Colonel Fortescue, Comptroller R NWMP with suggestions about the Police Force and the Canadian Military. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Clarke, J.B.

General Correspondence - 1918

General Correspondence – Personal letters, incoming and outgoing, re: various matters; letters from family and friends including C.A. Harwood; information from the British Empire Land Settlement League of which Steele is named a Vice-President; * a letter from SBS to Minnie [Carstairs] describing his post-retirement plans, etc. (marked by H.S. ‘for use only if necessary’). Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

Hand-written letter from SBS, 27 Jan. 1889

1 p. letter, hand-written on lined paper, by SBS; seal affixed; statement prepared by Sam Steele asking for North-West Mounted Police assistance in capturing three men suspected of stealing a band of horses from a Macleod district rance; seal affixed to document, 27 January 1889.

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

Hunker Creek Reports

Hand-written intelligence reports sent to Colonel Steele, reporting on activities on the Creek, including claim owner infractions; includes one undated report extract.

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

Hunker Creek Undercover report

A handwritten report sent to Col. S.B. Steele from an underground NWMP officer, [N.G. Della Tarre], reporting on claim owners on Hunker Creek defrauding the Dominion Government. 3 pp.

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

Information - James F. Macleod

Typewritten manuscript about Lieut. James F. Macleod, and draft memoir material in Sam's handwriting on this same subject

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

Letter - Charcoal Indian murder case

Handwritten letter sent from SBS in Fort Macleod to "My dear Galbraith", discussing the Charcoal Blood Indian murder case; 19 October 1896; 3 pp.

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

Letter from Trooper Edward Cole

A hand-written letter to Major General Strange from Trooper Edward Cole, re: payment for a horse used with the Steele's Scouts.

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

Letter to Marie Steele, 07 Feb. 1909

Letter from Sam to Marie, with an attached letter and clipping sent to SBS from E.W. [N]utch, a former NWMP constable who served with SBS in the Yukon. He now owns a fruit farm in the Okanagan.

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

Loose Items from Diary 2008.1.1.2.2

Loose items removed from diary, including hand-written notes as well as a small photograph of a woman and inscribed on verso: "A souvenir of the trip of the Press Association to the N.W.T. [J.I.C.] Notes from officers who received medals for their services with Steele's Scouts.

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 / Outgoing

Letters sent to Colonel Steele, re: acquiring a sculptor to create a monument erected to the members of Lord Strathcona's Horse who fell in action in South Africa, for placement in Calgary. Includes an explanatory letter from SBS describing the horses used by LSH (and with the NWMP and Canadian Mounted Rifles).

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

Map of the Dominion of Canada,1862

Cloth fibre map of the Dominion of Canada, published by the Department of Railways & Canada, Collingwood Schreiber, Engineer in Chief, Government Railways.

This map pre-dates the establishment of the NWMP but likely used by the Force after its establishment in 1873.

Annotated on the back of the map: "Col. S.B. Steele From Vivian"

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

Map, 1870

Plan showing the proposed posts from Lake Superior to Red River Settlement; compiled from Messrs Dawson and Napier's maps.

The map pre-dates the establishment of the NWMP, but likely used by the Force after its establishment in 1873.

Color is added to highlight the Pigeon River route and the the Kaministiguia Route.

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

Maps, 1909

R.N.W. Mounted Police - To Accompany Annual Report, 1909: 1. Districts in the Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan 2. Districts throughout Canada Two published, folded maps

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

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence and document s around the inquiry into the ‘compulsory retirement’ of Lt. Col. L.W. Herchmer from the NWMP. Handwritten; typewritten

Herchmer, Lawrence William, Commissioner, NWMP

Military Correspondence - Incoming

Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Colonel in Command of Military District #10, based at the Fort Osborne Barracks in Winnipeg; includes correspondence to and from R.J. Gwynne, with SBS questioning reports that Gwynne has stated his dissatisfaction with Steele’s treatment of Saskatchewan officers; letters around the appointment of another officer for the District 10, and changing the District to a Division; the resignation of the Commander of The Cameron Highlanders; and other matters. There is a letter sent to SBS from O.W. Evans who served under Steele with the N.W.M.P. in the Yukon. Handwritten; typewritten

Gwynne, R.J.

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, C.B., M.V.O. , Canadian Headquarters, Shorncliffe, England; includes confidential letters written to and from General J.E.B. Seely, Doctor Howard (Lord Strathcona's son-in-lawm married to Margaret) and others, regarding the command and service of Lord Strathcona’s Horse regiment; a letter (with attached copies) sent from SBS to Sir Robert Borden, regarding the Royal North West Mounted Police; and other general matters. Handwritten; typewritten

Borden, Robert Laird, Sir

Military Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Colonel at Valcartier Camp, established as part of the mobilization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force at the onset of the First World War; includes correspondence to and from Sam Hughes, re: what SBS’s role will be in terms of the First Canadian Contingent; letters from individuals volunteering for military appointments; letters from SBS to Robert Rogers expressing frustration at the way he is being treated and at Hughes actions; etc. He is particularly upset by Hughes' dismissal of Henry Norland Ruttan whom Steele had recommended for brigadier. Handwritten; typewritten

Hughes, Sam, Sir, 1853-1921

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