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Pocket Diary, Personal - 1901

Black leather-bound; hand-written entries Includes identification form at front of diary, addrresses and cash accounts at back of diary

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

Pocket Diary, Personal - 1901

Burgandy leather-bound; hand-written entries Includes identification form at front of diary; addresses and cash accounts at back of diary

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

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

SAC Correspondence - Incoming / Outgoing

Memos; applications for duty; requests for transfer; general matters; includes a letter to SAC Pretoria from Captain Birdwood with Steele's reply attached to the original letter; memoranda from Steele.

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

SAC Correspondence - Incoming

Memos; applications for duty; reference letters; general matters and a memo from Robert Baden-Powell discussing Lord K[itchener]'s dispatches and transport.

Baden-Powell, Robert

SAC Correspondence – Incoming / Outgoing

Memos; applications for duty; general matters including brief reports with attached correspondence; and a letter from R. Baden-Powell informing of his new appointment which will take him away from SAC, as well as his recommendation about Steele made to Lord Kitchener.

Baden-Powell, Robert

SAC Correspondence – Incoming / Outgoing

Memoranda and general correspondence; includes letters to a mother in Toronto wondering about the whereabouts of her son in South Africa; letters of reference and inquiries about SAC positions, etc.

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

Confidential Diary - South African Constabulary - 1902-1906

Large, hard-bound diary; typewritten entries

The diaries described as Confidential Diary, contain the following instructions, typed affixed to some of the diaries:

"The Inspector General wishes Officers Commanding Divisions will be so good as to keep personal diaries in duplicate carbon books, and to post the copy to him, confidentially, every day. He himself has been doing this with the High Commissioner and it is found to save a great deal of trouble and correspondence. He recommends Officers Commanding Divisions to adopt a similar course with their sub-divisional or district Officers. The Diary should show chiefly important questions that crop up and in what manner they are settled, suggestions, general points of progress, movements, special orders issued, notes on health, horses, crime, casualties, points from subordinates' diaries, etc., etc. The diary is easily kept by keeping a notebook going during the day and writing it up in the Diary at night. In this way the High Commissioner is kept duly informed of everything that is going on throughout the Corps, a great deal of Official cross-correspondence is saved, and at the same time, if filed, a useful record is kept that can be referred back to at any time. Signed: By Order, J.S. Nicholson, Colonel, Chief Staff Officer, South African Constabulary

"The Inspector General wishes Officers Commanding Divisions will be so good as to keep personal diaries in duplicate carbon books, and to post the copy to him, confidentially, every day. He himself has been doing this with the High Commissioner and it is found to save a great deal of trouble and correspondence. He recommends Officers Commanding Divisions to adopt a similar course with their sub-divisional or district Officers. The Diary should show chiefly important questions that crop up and in what manner they are settled, suggestions, general points of progress, movements, special orders issued, notes on health, horses, crime, casualties, points from subordinates' diaries, etc., etc. The diary is easily kept by keeping a notebook going during the day and writing it up in the Diary at night. In this way the High Commissioner is kept duly informed of everything that is going on throughout the Corps, a great deal of Official cross-correspondence is saved, and at the same time, if filed, a useful record is kept that can be referred back to at any time. Signed: By Order, J.S. Nicholson, Colonel, Chief Staff Officer, South African Constabulary

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

Divisional Commander's Personal Diary - South African Constabulary - Jan. - Mar. 1904

See note for Diary 2008.1.2.2.2.2.1

An additional note is affixed to the front of this diary:

"This book is Government property, and where it is filled, or the operations for which it is issued are concluded, it will be deposited in the Staff Office of the Command from which the Troops have been furnished; or, in the case of an expedition sent from England, it will be forwarded to the War Office"

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

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