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Attached letter from Aunt J.J. to A.M. Jarvis

An attached handwritten letter from A.M. Jarvis's Aunt J.J. Harwood Steele notes that the aunt talks about the fine reputation of Strathcona's Horse, and mentions Lord Dundonal's impending visit. He also says that the aunt's return address of "Charlecote Park" is associated with Shakespeare.

Jarvis, A.M.

Letter to Sam Steele, 03 Jan. 1900

Handwritten letter from Marie in Montreal to Sam, who has just left that day on a trip east to begin recruiting for Lord Strathcona's Horse

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

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 - 1908

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes letters from former South African colleagues, as well as a letter from someone at The Ottawa Free Press expressing his frustration at not yet hearing from Lord Strathcona for a planned history of the regiment; includes a letter from A.M. Jarvis with an attached typed chart titled: “Measurements of Eskimos taken at Herschel Island 1908...”, etc. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Jarvis, A.M.

General Correspondence - 1908

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; includes further correspondence from the Ottawa Free press writer researching a book on the Lord Strathcona’s Regiment; a letter and attached clipping from T. Bland Strange, etc. Handwritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1912

Personal letters, re: various matters; includes a letter from H.A. Constantine, widow of Charles Constantine; [A. Miller], a writer working on a history of Lord Strathcona's Horse; correspondence around trying to locate a missing man, Percy W. Black; and a letter from G.A. French. Handwritten; typewritten.

French, George Arthur

General Correspondence - 1912

General Correspondence – Personal letters, re: various matters; including the manuscript being prepared on the history of Lord Strathcona’s Horse; a letter to the author of this historical manuscript providing him with a list of addresses of original members of Strathcona’s Horse (copy attached with correspondence); and a letter from R.J. Gwynne discussing boy scouts and a proposed Cadet Corps, etc. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Gwynne, R.J.

General Correspondence - 1914

General Correspondence – Personal letter, re: a letter from Andrew Miller wondering what direction to take with publishing his manuscript on Lord Strathcona’s Horse, upon the recent death of Lord Strathcona. Handwritten.

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

General Correspondence - 1900

General Correspondence – Congratulatory letters, re: Steele’s appointment to lead Strathcona’s Horse command in South Africa, etc. Includes a letter from his older step-brother, John Steele and a letter from A.M. Jarvis station at the Dalton Trail Post. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Jarvis, A.M.

General Correspondence - 1900

General Correspondence – Various personal letters including from William Ogilvie; A.R Macdonell; A.M. Jarvis; T.B. Strange; and a telegram sent to C.A. Harwood, re: police uniform. Handwritten; Typewritten.

Harwood, C.A.

General Correspondence - 1900

General Correspondence – Congratulatory letters, etc. re: Lord Strathcona’s Horse and South Africa. Handwritten; Typewritten.

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

Correspondence - Subject: The Savoy Hotel Banquet 'Scandal'

Correspondence, incoming and outoing, related to Steele's clearing his name from charges of inappropriate behavior at this banquet held in honour of Lord Strathcona's Horse returning from the South African Boer War. File is marked by H.S. 'for use only if necessary'). Includes correspondence referencing the publishing of W.T.R. Preston's book: "The Life and Times of Lord Strathcona, with its section referring to an inappropriate toast made at this banquet Handwritten and typewritten documents

Preston, William Thomas Rochester

Letter from Flora Steele to SBS, 23 Sep 1908

Handwritten letter from Flora Steele at St. Urban's Academy in Montreal to her father in Winnipeg. Flora comments on her father's letter, mentioning her father's father. She has met a Lord Strathcona's veteran, Mr. John Barry, who served with Sam in South Africa, and she asks about Lord Milner. 3 pp.

Steele, Flora

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1900

Burgandy leather-bound; hand-written entries with entries related to the Canadian Mounted Rifles and Lord Strathcona's Horse

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

Patrick, Millar, William Nelson, J. Malcolm Bulloch and A. Stodart Walker, eds. The Scottish Students’ Song-Book: Published for the Song-Book Committee of the Students of Representative Councils of Scotland. London: Bayley & Ferguson, 1897.

Patrick, Millar, William Nelson, J. Malcolm Bulloch and A. Stodart Walker, eds. The Scottish Students’ Song-Book: Published for the Song-Book Committee of the Students of Representative Councils of Scotland. London: Bayley & Ferguson, 1897. (book plate at front of volume reads: ‘To Colonel Steele Officers Non Commissioned Officers & men of the Strathcona Horse from Colonel W. Walker, V.D.J.P. 14 Huskisson Street Liverpool; front cover not attached, broken spine)

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

NWMP Correspondence - Incoming, Mar. 1901

Correspondence sent to Steele from Comptroller Fred White; includes a copy of a letter White wrote providing a lis ot non-commissioned officers and constables of the NWMP who served with the Strathcona's Horse in South Africa.

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

SAC Correspondence - Incoming

Memos; applications for duty; general matters; includes one letter from Lord Strathcona commenting on the fact that many LSH officers have joined SAC.

Smith, Donald Alexander, Lord Strathcona, 1820-1914

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

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

Letter - Invitation acceptance

Handwritten letter from I.H. William confirming that SBS will be visiting 'His Excellency' at Government House, Capetown.

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

Letter - Grieving mother

Handwritten letter to SBS from Mrs. I.A. Johnstone asking for information about her son's death in South Africa.

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 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

Telegram - Volunteer

Telegram sent to SBS from a volunteer applying for an appointment in South Africa. Handwritten.

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

Letter - Father of LSH member

Handwritten letter to SBS from Chas. {Wooly?] thanking Steele for the interest he took in his son Tom who served with LSH under Steele.

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

Letter - Joseph Colmer

Typewritten letter to SBS from Joseph Colmer, Lord Strathcona's secretary, re: various matters.

Colmer, Joseph, Secretary, Lord Strathcona

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

Statutory Declaration - A.W. Gowler

Declaration completed by A.W. Gowler asking for owed wages from Percy Fall, re: service while with LSH. The declaration is notarized by Charles B. Pratt, Notary Public for the Province of Ontario.

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

Letter - Joseph Colmer

Typewritten letter to SBS from Joseph Colmer, Secretary to Lord Strathcona, with attached memo sent to the Bank of Montreal, re: payment to Steele from W. Munro.

Colmer, Joseph, Secretary, Lord Strathcona

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

Letter - Inquiry

Typewritten letter to SBS from Henry J. Brereton, asking for an address of an LSH Captain.

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 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

Letter - R.H. Moir

Handwritten letter to SBS from R.H. Moir who served under him in LSH; various matters discussed including issueing death reports and request for recommendation.

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

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

Letter - LSH Sculpture

Correspondence from SBS's brother-in-law (Auguste); various matters but includes a discussion about the design of a statue to honor the role of the LSH during the South African War, attached sketches and news clipping.

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Correspondence related to LSH corps and military matters post Boer War; includes plans for establishing a permanent Strathcona Corps in Canada and related correspondence with Lord Strathcona and J. Lyons Biggar; also a letter detailing a planned painting to honor South African War participants.

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

Letter - LSH Discharge inquiry

Handwritten letter to SBS from H.F. Nicholls requesting a signature on his discharge papers from LSH so he can pursue his B.C. scrip.

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

Letter - F.W. White

Typewritten letter to SBS from F.W. White, NWMP Comptroller, mentioning that Lord Strathcona is requesting a copy of a diary of Strathcona's Horse while in South Africa.

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse Correspondence: Scandal - Incoming

Correspondence related to disputing reports that SBS had behaved inappropriately at a banquet given by Lord Strathcona in London on the return of the Regiment from South Africa. References are also made to a book by W.T.R. Preston and his depiction of the banquet event.

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

Lettter - LSH Banquet scandal

Handwritten letter to SBS from E.T. Logan in response to a request that he speak to Steele's character in light of rumors about inappropriate behavior at a banquet held in London for returning LSH military.

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

Telegram - Lord Strathcona

Telegram sent to SBS from Lord Strathcona; he is pleased with Colonel Steele's command. Typewritten.

Smith, Donald Alexander, Lord Strathcona, 1820-1914

Telegram - Minto

A telegram sent to Colonel Steele from Lord Minto offering congratulations. Hand-written.

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

Transport memorandum

A handwritten note related to directions for the Transport Monterey en route to South Africa from Halifax.

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; various matters including a letter from the Mayor of Cambellton, New Brunswick presenting Lord Strathcona's Horse contingent with a flag prior to their departure for South Africa.

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1900

Burgandy leather-bound pocket book diary with hand-written entries. Harwood Steele indicates the Diary contains information about the Canadian Mounted Rifles and Lord Strathcona's Horse.

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse Corps' Diary - Boer War - 1900-1901

Diary of Lord Strathcona's Corps' Boer War - Colonel S.B. Steele C.B. M.V.O. Commanding (stamped in gold lettering on diary cover) Canada, South Africa, England Double hard-cover binding; type-written entries.

First page entry: "Militia Order No 26 issued for the formation of mounted corps for special service in South Africa, the Regiment to be called Strathcona's Horse in honour of the Right Hon: Lord Strathcona and Mount Royal at whose expense this force is to be raised and equipped.

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse: Nominal Listing and Information

Copy of correspondence sent to Steele, re: history of LSH and Steele's reply. Includes a list of names and addresses of original officers of Lord Strathcona's Horse in South Africa, 1900-1901. Original letter is retained in Series 2008.1.1.1.2 - Personal/General correspondence.

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

Record of War Service Report

Colonel Steele's Record of War Service report and a hand-written summary of his military and policing experience up to and including the Boer War.

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

Awarding of the Royal Victorian Order

Colonel Steele's Awarding of the Royal Victorian Order, Member of the Fourth Class. Includes membership warrants and a printed booklet: "The Statutes of the Royal Victorian Order".

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

Lord Strathcona's Horse: Ephemera

Ephemera, including ship stationery, menus, and programs; song lyrics; a poem; a printed church serman; honorary memberships; printed matter; and a seating plan for a dinner given by Lord Strathcona at the Savoy Hotel in London; Summary of News sheet from Headquarters, Natal Army.

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

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