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Reports.

Mr. Adkins’ progress reports on the Alberta Oil Sands Project; consulting report on oil sands for Shell Oil Company.

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Miss Unwin to Pearce

Miss Unwin sends Pearce an unpaid bill Capt. Deane owes to the Ladies Work Reformatory for the purchase of 220 lbs. Of of marmalade.

Unwin, Helen

Steele to Pearce

Steele tells Pearce he is not in contact with Captain Deane and will therefore find it difficult to get payment to the Ladies Work Depository for the cost of marmalade purchased for the NorthWest Mounted Police detachment in Lethbridge, Alberta

Steele, Samuel

Pearce to Davidson

Pearce sends Davidson his Detailed Report upon All Claims to land and Right to Participate in the North-West Half-Breed Grant. He also explains his role in approving French Half Breed land claims in Prince Albert prior to the 1885 rebellion. He claims his actions reduced the participation of this group.

Pearce, William

Pearce to Steele

Pearce sends Steele, who is commanding "E" Division of the South Africa Constabulary in South Africa, a general update of news in Canada. Topics include the Frank Slide, land speculation in western Canada, Pearce's desired superannuation, American immigration and the loyalty of British immigrants to the Crown.

Steele, Samuel

Pearce to Steele

Pearces sends Steele a general report on news and events in Canada while Steele is commanding the "n" Division of the North Arfrican Constabulary. Topics include livestock brought from the U.S., immigrant Chinese labour, the Alaska Boundary Dispute, the Canadian labour market, and the health of the crops on the Prairies.

Steele, Samuel

Pearce to Steele

Pearce sends Steele, still serving as a commander in the South African Constabulary in Pretoria, general news and events in Canada. Topics include Pearce's aid in Steele purchasing a farm in Alberta, federal politics, and British-American relations.

Steele, Samuel

Pearce to Steele

Pearce sends Steele some news concerning inside politics at Ottawa.

Steele, Samuel

Pearce to Steele

Pearce sents Steele, still commanding "E" Division in Pretoria for the South African Constabulary, general information on events in western Canada. Topics include a harsh spring in Alberta, land speculation in Southern Alberta, and Pearce's desire for superannuation.

Steele, Samuel

Settlement.

Between 1882 and 1884, Pearce's duties as the Inspector of Dominion Lands Agencies made him the field agent for the Dominion Lands Board, based in Winnipeg. The Board's most important function was to rule on uncertain claims and on schemes not covered by normal routine. William Pearce's involvement began with the land claims of the Metis and white settlers who had settled along the North Saskatchewan River prior to the Institution of surveys. Pearce was subsequently called on to deal with similar problems at such diverse localities as Morley, Pincher Creek, Lee's Creek (Cardston), Lac la Biche, and Lac Ste. Anne.

Pearce's interest in settlement extended beyond his land claims work. As statistician for the Canadian Pacific Railway, he served as an advisor to the Natural Resources Department of the company. In fulfilling that role, Pearce collected extensive material on the twin questions of settlement and immigration, particularly after his work with the Economic and Development Commission in 1916.

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R.A. Gibson to Pearce

Gibson responds to Pearce's request for maps of settlements and HBC posts in the West.

Gibson, R. A.

Pearce to Stead

Pearce thanks Stead for recommending publishing in a newspaper, anticipates the Royal Society will publish it.

Stead, Robert J.C.

Stead to Pearce

Stead informs Pearce that he might consider selliing his manuscript to libraries

Stead, Robert J.C.

Pearce to Mr. D. Stewart Wallace

Pearce informs University of Toronto Librarian, Mr. Wallace, that he will send him his requested copy of his manuscript as soon as he has his copies returned.

Pearce, William

Pearce to Wallace

Pearce responds to Wallace's comments concerning his manuscript. In particular, Pearce defends his description of the headquarters and leadership of the N.W.M.P.

Pearce, William

Prof. Harold Innis to Pearce

Prof. Innis thanks Pearce for a copy of his manuscript, tells him it the library appreciates material from 'western old-timers.'

Innis, Harold

Pearce to Prof. Chester Martin

Pearce requests Prof. Martin to return his manuscript and says he is not opposed to the Provincial Librarian of Manitoba, Mr. Healy, making a copy for his institution.

Pearce, William

Hon. Justice Scott to Pearce

Scott tells Pearce he found his manuscript most interesting and important, recommends consulting the four western provinces to finance publication

Scott, Hon. Justice

Pearce to Justice Scott

Pearce responds to Scott's comments on his manuscript discussing the federal government's decision on the interpretation of the western boundary of the 'fertile belt' and the Red River Navigation Company.

Pearce, William

Pearce to Norquay

Pearce tells Norquay he is intimately involved in the surveys resulting from the Manitoba Act and he is more acquainted with the facts of Western settlement than "any man living."

Norquay, A.

Mary C. Waagen to Pearce

Waagen compliments Pearce on his manuscript and recommends consulting the C.P.R. for financial support in publication

Waagen, Mary C.

Pearce to Mary Waagen

Pearce responds to Waagen's comments. He wishes to avoid personal reminiscences in his manuscript. Discusses potential publication support including the Montreal Gazette, and the C.P.R.

Pearce, William

F.M. Black to Pearce

Black thanks Pearce for the requested article, promises to find time for the paper's presenation at the Chartered Accountant's Convenvtion in Banff.

Black, F. M.

A. Norquay to Pearce

Norquay questions Pearce's description of the Hudson's Bay Company compensation for Indian reserve land.

Norquay, A.

Pearce to N.O. Cote

Pearce sends Cote a copy of his letter to Norquay explaining his perspective on the Hudson's Bay Company compensation for Indian Reserves land.

Pearce, William

Pearce to Mr. Miller

Pearce sends Miller a copy of his manuscript and asks if he thinks it suitable for publication, tells Miller there several topics on which he knows more than any man alive.

Pearce, William

Col. A.C. Garner to Pearce

Garner complements Pearce on his manuscript and tells him he is forwarding a copy to the Premier, the Master of Titles, and the Provincial Library

Garner, Col. A. C.

A.C. Garner to Pearce

Garner tells Pearce he will forward his manuscript to the Premier of Saskatchewan and the Provincial Librarian.

Garner, Col. A. C.

Pearce to Miller

Pearce thanks Miller for comments, tells him he has not the time or skill to "pad out" the narrative further for events such as the 1885 Rebellion, notes that Father Lacombe waited too long to write his history of the West.

Pearce, William

Pearce to D.S. Robertson

Pearce tells D.S. Robertson he will send him his collection of photographs of the historic West, explains he procured them in Winnipeg before 1876.

Pearce, William

Pearce to D.S. Robertson

Pearce sends Robertson a photograph of Poundmaker, Big Bear and Father Lacombe at the Manitoba Penitentiary.

Pearce, William

D.S. Robertson to Pearce

Robertson thanks Pearce for sending his historic photograph collection, tells Pearce his father recognizes Pearce's photo of Riel because Riel placed his father in prison during the 1869 uprising.

Pearce, William

Pearce to F.H. Peters

Peace tells Peters he will send him a copy of his manuscript when he addresses editorial changes.

Peters, F. H.

F.H. Peters to Pearce

Peters sends Pearce comments on his historical narrative, advises a need for photographs, more personal observation.

Peters, F. H.

Pearce to F.H. Peters

Pearce tells Peters he met with Premier Greenfield and spoke with the Provincial Librarian, Mr. Jaffray concerning Jaffray's suggested manuscript changes.

Peters, F. H.

Pearce to E. Alexander

Pearce explains to E. Alexander his influence on federal cabinet during 1885-86, discusses utlimate destination of the "Last Spike."

Pearce, William

Pearceto J.A. Jaffary

Pearce tells Jaffaryhe met with Campell Innis of the Canadian Historical Society and recommended hi's manuscript for publication.

Jaffray, J. A.

J.Jaffary to Pearce

Jaffary tells Pearce he has not met with Innis Campbell, recommends Pearce attempt to publish is manuscript in serial or essay form. Discusses identity of people in a photograph of Riel's cabinet.

Jaffray, J. A.

Harry Steadman to Pearce

Harry Steadman, fromer North West Mounted Police Officer, congradulates Pearce on his manuscript and notices that Pearce has not mentioned any personal experiences. He comments that the manuscript should be published.

Pearce, William

Pearce to Edmund Pinchbeck

Pearce thanks Edmund Pinchbeck for an invitation to speak at the annual convention of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts. He explains he cannot due to illness.

Pinchbeck, Edmund

Pearce to Steadman

Pearce sends Steadman his memorandum concerning bull trains and travel in the early
Canadian prairies and asks for Steadman's comments

Pearce, William

Campbell Innes to Pearce

Innes tells Pearce he would like to see the Canadian North-West Historical Society publish Pearce's manuscript.

Campbell, Innes

Pearce to Commissioner Perry

Pearce writes to Royal North-West Mounted Police Commissioner Perry for information concerning the establishment of R.N.W.M.P. posts in western Canada.

Pearce, William

Pearce to Frank Oliver

Pearce offers Oliver, owner of the Edmonton Bulletin and future member of parliament, an affidavit he wrote in 1884 documenting the the first claims along the North Bank of the Saskatchewan River.

Pearce, William

Pearce to J.H. Woods

Pearce explains to Woods the location of aboriginal "wintering places." Indicates several notable locations.

Pearce, William

Pearce to Richard Hardisty

Pearce tells R. Hardisty his memories of his father during important events in the Northweast Territories in the 1880s .

Pearce, William

Pearce to H.W. Riley

Pearce sends Riley information concerning the origin of the name Medicine Hat and the origins of the first railway running near the South Saskatchewan between Medicine Hat and Lethbridge

Riley, H. W.

Pearce to C.A. Magrath

Pearce asks Magrath for information concerning the location of an Indian sun dial in southern Alberta.

Pearce, William

F.W. Howay to Pearce

Howay tells Pearce he does not see the use in marking an "Indian Wintering Quarter" as an historic site, however, he is interested in Pearce's suggestion of buffalo jumping ponds.

Howay, Frederic William

J. Christie to Pearce

Christie gives Pearce further information on the "warping" (towing) of ships up the Grand Rapids.

Christie, J.

William Robinson to Pearce

William Robinson sends Pearce information concerning early shipping on the North and South Saskatechewan rivers.

Robinson, William

C.F.P. Conybeare, K.C. to Pearce

Conybeare describes for Pearce the Battle of the Belly River, in Southern Alberta on October 25, 1870. It marked the last major conflict between the Cree and the Blackfoot Confederacy, and the last major battle between First Nations on Canadian soil.

Conybeane, K. C.

Pearce to The Secretary, Department of Justice

Pearce writes the Department of Justice to obtain information on the career of Colonel James Farquharson Macleod. The information will be used to design a plaque commemorating the city of Calgary by Col. Macleod.

Pearce, William

Pearce to F.M. Black

Pearce sends his manuscript to F.M. Black requesting comments. He also asks if Mr. Black will send the manuscript on to, Mr. Healy, Provincial Librarian of Manitoba, for comments.

Black, F. M.

Pearce to Starnes

A query on the origins of the town of Livingstone and Ft. Pelly, the establishment of the NWMP in Battleford and the arrival of Hon. David Laird as Lieutenant Governor of the North-West Territories.

Pearce, William

Pearce to Coleman

Coleman provides Pearce with information regarding the selection of the capital of the North-West Territories including the origins of Ft.Livingstone Saskatchewan.

Pearce, William

Pearce to Hume

Pearce asks Hume to provide him with information regarding the development of the Postal Service in the West.

Pearce, William

Pearce to Campbell

Pearce sends Mr. Cambpell an early draft of a manuscript concerning land titles asking for comment. Comments on publishing the work.

Campbell, Isaac

F.M. Black to Pearce

Black requests information on land division in the Western Prairie Provinces. Black intends to use the information in a 1917 address to the Association of Dominion Chartered Accountants.

Black, F. M.

Pearce to Black

Pearce provides more detail about a paper he wrote for Black for the 1917 Association of Chartered Accountants meeting. He also comments on writing a Historical Manuscript documenting the development of the West.

Black, F. M.

Black to Pearce

Black comments on the reception of Pearce's paper regarding the settlement of the West at a meeting of the Association of Dominion Chartered Accountants.

Black, F. M.

Pearce to Nanton

Pearce asks Nanton for a critique of his paper on the Railway Land Grants given by the Dominion Government in the three Prairie Provinces. Pearce reflects on writing a Historical Manuscript.

Pearce, William

Pearce to Dennis

Pearce sends Dennis changes to his paper on "Land Matters in the West."

Pearce, William

Pearce to Naismith

Pearce aks Naismith to forward his paper "Titles to Land in Three Prairie Provinces" to Dr. Rutherford. He also aks Dr. Rutherford to critique the paper.

Pearce, William

F.W. Godsal to Pearce

Godsal discusses the need to preserve early prairie history before it is lost. He laments the lack of interest in this topic the local and federal governments display.

Godsal, F. W.

Pearce to F.W. Godsal

Pearce describes his understanding of the origins of the name Kicking Horse River

Pearce, William

F.W. Howay to Pearce

Judge Howay is inquirying for Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada concerning "Indian wintering quarters"

Howay, Frederic William

Pearce to F.F.C. Lynch

Pearce asks Mr. Lynch from the Dept. of the Interior for a copy of his 1885 "The North-West Half-Breed Grant."

Pearce, William

Dumas to Pearce

Dumas comments on the paper Pearce presented to the Alberta Military Institute regarding land titles in the West.

Dumas, G.

Pearce to Taylor

Taylor proposes to write a biography of Pearce, and Pearce offers his assitance.

Pearce, William

Grogan to Pearce

In pursuit of wriiting a history of the causes of the Second Riel Rebellion, Grogan writes to Pearce.

Pearce, William

Pearce to J.L. Payne

Pearce writes to Payne notifiying him of his paper, "Titles to Land in the Three Prairie Provinces," and requests information on "the early development of railways and telegraphs" on the Canadian prairies.

Payne, J. L.

Taylor to Pearce

Edward Taylor comments on the address to the Alberta Military Institute published in "The Morning Albertan."

Taylor, Edward

Pearce to T. Shanks

Pearce sends Shanks a copy of his address to the Alberta Mlitary Institue "Reminiscences Concerning Surveys" and comments on the causes of the 1885 Riel Rebellion.

Pearce, William

Pearce to Grogan

Pearce sends Grogan personal observations on the Riel uprising help Grogan write his article. Also comments on the difficuly of locating his 1886 "half-breed" report.

Pearce, William

Pearce to Coleman

Pearce reflects on Coleman's critique of his paper "Titles to Land in Three Prairie Provinces."

Pearce, William

Pearce to Godfrey

Pearce thanks Godfrey for his comments on the paper he wrote for a meeting of The Association of Dominion Chartered Accountants.

Pearce, William

Pearce to MacDonald

Pearce informs MacDonald of his paper "Titles to Land in the Three Prairie Provinces", and requests information regarding telegraph development in the West.

Macdonald, Hugh

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