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3.2.7 Library/Published Materials

There are ten items in this section; the material all refers to the Boer War in South Africa, and was probably collected or referred to by SBS while taking part in the war with Lord Strathcona's Horse

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

Advance pay receipt

Handwritten note by Maye Steele acknowledging receipt of advance pay for SBS from F.W. Taylor of the Bank of Montreal.

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

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.

Attached letter from Fred White

Marie's copying of a note from Fred White of the NWMP written to Marie Steele, offering his congratulations for SBS being promoted to a full Colonel in the Canadian Militia.

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

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

Boer War Intelligence Map

A Boer War intelligence map for the Lydenburg District detaililng Boer Commando positions at Machadodorp; hand-drawn and labelled.

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

Canadian Training Division: Reinforcements - Correspondence

Canadian Training Division – Reinforcements - Correspondence Correspondence sent to and from SBS in his capacity as Major-General, C.B., M.V.O., Canadian Headquarters, Shorncliffe, England. The correspondence revolves around Canadian Battalions and the subject of reinforcements for these troops from Canada. Correspondents include Steele, General J.W. Carson, General Sam Hughes; also includes correspondence with Lady Strathcona [Lord Strathcona's daughter], re: her financing of Canadian reinforcements. Typewritten

Carson, J.W., Sir Major General

Canadians in Khaki South Africa 1899-1900: Official Correspondence Nominal Roll Casualties etc. Montreal: The Herald Publishing Co., 1900.

Canadians in Khaki South Africa 1899-1900: Official Correspondence Nominal Roll Casualties etc. Montreal: The Herald Publishing Co., 1900. (The section on Lord Strathcona’s Horse has been annotated by SBS with added figures and words; some loose pages)

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

Canadians in Khaki South Africa 1899-1900: Official Correspondence Nominal Roll Casualties etc. Montreal: The Herald Publishing Co., 1900. Second copy

Canadians in Khaki South Africa 1899-1900: Official Correspondence Nominal Roll Casualties etc. Montreal: The Herald Publishing Co., 1900. (The section on Lord Strathcona’s Horse has been annotated by SBS with added figures and words; second copy)

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

City Club extension of priviliges to SBS

Printed card from the City Club of Halifax extending the priviliges of their Club to SBS for two weeks, signed by [N.L.] Brown, Secretary and dated March 15, 1900. Includes envelope.

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

Copy of a souvenir poster created by the Slater Shoe Company for "The Strathcona Horse" (negative image on paper)

A negative image printed on paper of a souvenir poster published by The Slater Shoe Company of Montreal to honor "The Strathcona Horse"; three photos are on the poster with Queen Victoria in the centre and Lord Strathcona on one side and SBS on the other side.

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

District Orders - 95

Handwritten and copied District Orders - 95, sent from Headquarters of Military District No. 9 in Halifax. 3 pp including map (two copies)

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

District Orders - 97

Handwritten and copied District Orders - 97, sent from Headquarters of Military District No. 9 in Halifax. 3 pp including map (two copies with a third copy of page 2)

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

District Orders - 98

Handwritten and copied District Orders - 98, sent from Headquarters of Military District No. 9 in Halifax. 1pp (two copies)

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

'Elder Dempster Line" printed stationery

Printed envelopes and stationery for the "Elder Dempster Line" with the words 'Transport "Monterey"' and 'Strathcona's Horse' printed at the top of the letter paper, along with a black and white photo of Lord Strathcona and the S.S. Monterey. The Company flag is also featured on the letterhead and envelope. There four sheets of the letterhead and four envelopes; one of the envelopes is addressed" 'Lt. Col. Steele Comd. Strathcona's Horse H.M. Trropship "Monterey".

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

Evans, W. Sanford. The Canadian Contingents and Canadian Imperialism: A Story and a Study. Toronto: The Publishers’ Syndicate, Ltd., 1901.

Evans, W. Sanford. The Canadian Contingents and Canadian Imperialism: A Story and a Study. Toronto: The Publishers’ Syndicate, Ltd., 1901. (inscribed to Col. S.B. Steele, CB, M.V.O. Affectionate regards from C.A. Harwood Jany. 1/04 )

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

G. Black invoice

G. Black, Direct Importer of General Drapery, Clothing, Boots and Shoes, invoice for '3 Oil Baize'

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

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 Orders

Printed booklet with General Orders, 1901. On page 9 of the booklet is noted the promotion to Brevet rank of Lietenant-Colonel S.B. Steele, South African Constabulary, late Commanding "Strathcona's Horse".

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

Imprint page with picture of SBS on one side and two nursing sisters accompanying the Canadian contingent to South Africa

An extract from a printed document, with a picture of SBS in his LSH uniform and text recognizing his appointment to Fourth Class of Victorian Order; included is a quote from SBS responding to the King's speech. On the attached page are two photographs of nursing sisters who accompanied the Canadian contingent to South Africa, Sarah Forbes and Marcella P. Richardson. The caption under their photographs is: "Our Own Angels".

Steele, Richard Elmes ("Dick")

invoice for groceries

Handwritten list of groceries paid for; no name on memo and pencilled word "cake" on verso

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

Invoice/supplies list

A handwritten note with supplies listed; no name on memo and some pencilled notes (numbers) on verso

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

Johannesburg-Heidelberg - Printed Map

Printed map of Johannesburg-Heidelberg “Compiled and drawn in Surveyor General’s Office, Pretoria from farm surveys under direction of Major H.M. Jackson R.E.

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

Letter - Dundonald

A handwritten letter from Lord Dundonald to SBS, discussing the conduct of some of the men of S.B. Steele's regiment, and stressing the importance of orders being carried out. 2 pp.

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 - 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

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

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

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

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

Letter - Joseph Colmer

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

Colmer, Joseph, Secretary, Lord Strathcona

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 - 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

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