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Fort Chipewyan Photographs and HBC Journal

The photographic archive comes from Louise Rourke’s working papers used to illustrate her book “Land of the Frozen Tide,” published in London, 1928. Photographs are mounted on paper, many with typed captions. Some are mocked up with borders and decoration, or are marked up to silhouette individuals. Various notations in ink and pencil appear on most items. Most photographs are of Fort Chipewyan, Lake Athabasca, and Fond-du-Lac, SK. There are many photographs of boats on Lake Athabasca. Of note are two photographs accompanied by newspaper clippings.

  • Photograph of John Hornby in front of a cabin. Photograph is accompanied by an undated newspaper clipping describing the tragic discovery of Mr. Hornby, dead by starvation.
  • Photograph of two men captioned as the "factor" and "Mr. Mercredi, local boatbuilder." Accompanied by photograph clipped from a 1996 newspaper, captioned “Assembly of First Nations chief Ovide Mercredi looks toward aboriginal Korean War veteran Leon Fontaine from Manitoba Monday in Ottawa.”

Also included is an unpublished Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading post journal. Contains daily manuscript entries written by Louise Rourke's first husband, accountant Douglas Musgrave Rourke, who worked at Ft. Chipewyan. Entries are from between January 1, 1926 and January 7, 1927. The entries are preceded by a page of comments probably written by Louise Rourke. A carbon typescript biography of Louise Rourke and her second husband, Alwyn H.B. Dawson, is included as a loose sheet of paper.

Rourke, Louise

Daily Journal 1926 - Douglas Musgrave Rourke

The daily journal kept by Douglas Musgrave Rourke, first husband of Louise Rourke and an accountant working at the Fort Chipweyan Hudson's Bay Company Fur Trading post, from January 1, 1926 to January 7, 1927. The journal accounts each days events, including weather, business conditions, the arrivals and departures of government agents, HBC traders, RCMP, Indigenous peoples, and other visitors.

The journal is preceded by a page of comments by Louise Rourke and a carbon typescript of a short biography of Louise Rourke. The journal also contains three additional pages included as memoranda, with detailed notes.

Rourke, Douglas Musgrave

1920, May 6 – Letter to Marion

Place: Regina

From: Dad [T.A. Patrick]

To: “Wife and son,” but envelope addressed to Mrs. T.A. Patrick, Yorkton, Sask[atchewan]

Delivery: Canada Post, postmarked

Details: 2 pp on King George Hotel, Saskatoon, Canada letterhead. Envelope is printed with the words “King George Hotel, Saskatoon, Canada” and a crest all in blue ink.

Notes: Alf [T.A. Patrick] writes to his wife and son in Yorkton from Saskatoon, stating, "I arrived yesterday at noon and taking a quick lunch went to her lodgings and saw Gertrude [his daughter]. Went to school with her, and met Mr. Pike who is a member of the 'Drugless Practitioner's Committee' of the senate of which I am chairman. We dine together here tonight. Dr. Law of Regina is here for the committee meeting too."

He then addresses his son, stating, "I learn you passed in French George. The other results come out tomorrow. I have refrained from inquiring." He continues, "George I wish you would look after the storm windows and storm doors, and see that they are put away carefully in the place provided for them and have the seven doors and windows put on. The keys for the padlock should be in the drawer of the office table. Yes the tenants started on the spring 'clean-up.' The town will take away the ashes for road building. See Mr. Pilkington about that.

He ends his letter, stating, "I am eager to return and give word."

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

“Cafeteria and Bath House Raided by the Police Last Night” clipping from Calgary Daily Herald

“Cafeteria and Bath House Raided by the Police Last Night” newspaper clipping from the Calgary Daily Herald dated Monday, April 24, 1911.

“The Calgary police, in conjunction with the provincial license inspectors, made raids early Sunday morning on the Cafeteria and Moose Baxter’s bath house. The raids were conducted by Chief Mackie in person, and reflect great credit on the department for the methodical and successful manner in which they were carried out.”

During the police raid on the Turkish bath house, one of three clients found bathing was in fact an undercover license inspector, who “had been quietly investigating for the past two weeks, as a result of which he located the liquor in a sack at the bottom of the plunge.”

Two Newspaper Clippings from an Unidentified Newspaper

The first newspaper clipping headline reads: “Maximum Fine in Reid Case / Pleaded Guilty of Illegal Liquor Selling and Was Fined $500 / Moose Baxter Case was Adjourned / Accused Claimed That He Was Not Proprietor of Turkish Baths”

Bert Reid, proprietor of the Cafeteria, pled guilty before Superintendent Deane of the Royal North West Mounted Police to selling liquor illegally with the understanding that the additional barrel of beer and wine discovered outside did belong to his brother, John, who had the liquor on hand for a planned housewarming party. This version of events was contested by Stanley Jones of the Moral Reform league.

A preliminary to the trial of Moose Baxter was held following the Reid case. Moose Baxter claimed that he was managing the Turkish bath house which the police raided, but that it was his brother Hector Baxter who actually owned the business. The rest of the article is not included.

The second newspaper clipping headline reads: “Sleuth Grimsdall Hadn’t Authority to make Arrests”

Detective Grimsdall arrested “Moose” Baxter in two assault cases, but both cases were dismissed by Col. Walker who said that in neither case did Grimsdall have the authority to arrest Baxter in the Barracks court.

1904, Oct 5 – Letter to Marion

Place: Regina

From: Alf [T.A. Patrick]

To: Mrs. Marion G. Patrick, Yorkton. Box 122

Delivery: Canada Post, postmarked

Details: 1 pp on lined North West Territories letterhead and envelope. Envelope has a broken piece of a red wax seal still attached to it.

Notes: Alf [T.A. Patrick] writes a short letter to his wife, who is back home in Yorkton. He informs his wife that her letter was received late last night. He continues, "I telegraphed last night to Jack [his brother] that I will return Saturday night by way of Winnipeg."

Patrick writes, "pleased to hear of the Wilsons and Young Anderson. Jim Ross told in Calgary that I will be elected." He then changes the subject stating, "have the girls take the German lessons."

He finishes his letter stating, "have to go to Balgonie tonight to a meeting. Hope the weather will permit threshing. Love to yourself and the children."

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

1903, Aug 21 – Letter to Marion

Place: Pembroke, Ont[ario]

From: T.A. Patrick

To: Marion [G. Patrick]

Details: 3pp on lined Copeland House, Pembroke Ont. letterhead

Notes: T.A. Patrick writes to his wife while in Ontario. He tells his wife that he arrived in Pembroke and drove to Rankin on the hunt for old Mr. Gulke. Patrick had his "mind made up to offer him $1000.00" but he learned "that Dan Hoffmann of Ebenezer had offered him one hundred dollars, and it was not long until" they "closed a deal for $200.00 for the half section."

Patrick further writes that in buying the land, he "was in doubt as to the liability of the late son's estate to the company which sold him and Galling and Martin Kielow the threshing outfit." He tells his wife that she would remember "Mrs. Kielow's telling [her] that they (Kielows) only finished paying this year." Patrick states, "in any case there is a big thing in it even if I make nothing out of the deceased son's quarter section. I do not know whether the other two daughters are entitled to share in their dead brother's estate and believe they are not." He continues, "the interesting position that I know I have made on the deal something between $1000.00 and $2500.00 bu am not certain how much."

He informs his wife that he will reach Toronto and Hamilton by the next night and states that he is "doing so well that [he] shall push inquiries into the 800 acre estate at Hamilton before returning even if it takes two or three days."

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

1903, Nov 17 – Letter to Marion

Place: Regina [N.W.T.]

From: Alf [T.A. Patrick]

To: Mrs. Marion G. Patrick, Byron, Middlesex Co., Ont[ario]

Delivery: Canada Post, postmarked

Details: 2 pp on lined North West Territories letterhead and envelope. Third sheet of paper has Asian characters written on it.

Notes: Alf [T.A. Patrick] writes a letter to his wife while she is away in Ontario. He writes that "it is nearly four o clock pm, an hour later than Yorkton time and daylight is rather scarce. We are having but not enjoying a real cold snap with more wind than enough. My bronchitis is worse owing to sitting yesterday too long in this cold legislative chamber." He later writes that "the provincial autonomy resolution comes on tomorrow," and then states that he encloses "a letter from George. Tell him a Chinaman wrote-it." He finishes his letter saying, "there is a rumour now that the elections are coming on in January."

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

1903, Sept 5 – Letter to Marion

Place: Collingwood, Ont[ario]

From: Alf [T.A. Patrick]

To: Mrs. Marion G. Patrick, Byron, Middlesex Co., Ont.

Delivery: Canada Post, postmarked

Details: 1pp on lined Grand Central Hotel, Collingwood Ont. letterhead. The envelope is printed with “Great Northern Exhibition, Collingwood, Ont. – September 22, 23, 24, 25, 1903.” in red ink.

Notes: T.A. Patrick writes one of his frequent letters to his wife while in Ontario. He writes that he "arrived at Collingwood last night to find that owing to a smash-up or a break-down or a break-up or a smash-down the boat I decided to sail on has been taken off the route and there is none until Tuesday so I leave at noon for Meaford then by stage to Owen Sound where I hope to catch a C.P.R. boat leaving there tonight at 5:30."

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

1903, Sept 7 – Letter to Marion

Place: Fort William, Ont[ario]

From: T.A. Patrick

To: Wife, [Marion G. Patrick]

Details: 1pp typewritten on “J.J. Wells, Clerk of the Third Division Court. Notary Public. Real Estate and Insurance.” Letterhead. Paper is watermarked with a Victoria Cross-style icon and the words “Standard, Pure Linen.”

Notes: T.A. Patrick sends his wife a typewritten letter to inform her that he has arrived in Fort William and has been visiting John Wells and Ida Momtague Bloomfield. He writes that "Mrs. Bloomfield lives near and neither of them are far from the C. N. R. station where we entered Fort William. Perhaps you remember walking past an office which stood along and which had a sign "Men Wanted.""

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

1903, Nov 8 – Letter to Marion

Place: Regina [N.W.T.]

From: Alf [T.A. Patrick]

To: Mrs. Marion G. Patrick, Byron, Lucan, Middlesex Co., Ont[ario]

Delivery: Canada Post, postmarked

Details: 4 pp on Alexandra Hotel, Regina, N.W.T. letterhead. Envelope is printed with “Return to The Alexandra Hotel, F. Nash, Proprietor, Regina N.W.T.” in black ink.

Notes: T.A. Patrick writes a letter to his wife, Marion, while she is away in Ontario. He writes, "it is Sunday morning, again, and we have for the first time in, about, a month a completely overcast sky. Last night there was a slight flurry of snow but only a flurry. The weather is warm and the ground not yet frozen up. I do not recollect seeing the freeze-up delayed so late in the season before. I had instructions sent to Mr. Goodacre to dig the ditch to lower the level of the lake three feet, and I am wondering what progress has been made. Mr. Thomson surveyed and laid out the ditch. It is to be about a mile long and about nine feet deep for a short distance just where it comes out of the lake. I am anxious to get it well started this fell whether completed or not."

He informs his wife that he intends to go back to Yorkton to hold "a service of meetings all over the electoral district of Yorkton (not Mackenzie district) to explain the municipal ordinance, and generally the work of the session. This will mean a lot of travelling and will take two or three weeks." He mentions this now "because it may affect [Marion's] home coming," but if she desired "to prolong [her] visit it will be much less lonesome for [Patrick] if [he is] away through the country on political business than if [he was] at home." He states, "I have not visited my constituency since my election and have no yet seen the new town of Sheho."

Patricks thinks that he will go to Edmonton to visit his brother Emerson and to see Edmonton, Strathcona, and Wetaskiwin since his old pupil John Brown lives there. Patrick then updates his wife that his bronchitis is improving but that the "hotel life is wearying." However, he sees his brother, Jack, everyday. He writes about Jack, "if the benches of the Law Society meet at Brandon this month he may go there as acting Secretary of the Law Society with some prospect of being chosen permanent Secretary were Mackenzie resigned. The position is wroth $400 a year at least, and would exalt him very much in his profession but he is somewhat handicapped by the fact that Yorkton is somewhat remote and not directly connected by rail and mail routes with the rest of the Territories. However, next year will remedy this condition, and it may not ban him." Patrick continues that "Jack has ordered his library from the Canada Law Book Co. of Toronto. It will be more extensive than that of any other Yorkton lawyer. They give him all the time he wants to pay for it."

Patrick then changes the subject of his letter, explaining that "hotels all over the Territories are overcrowded, and many can not get beds. All signs point to an extraordinarily heavy immigration," with 6000 Mennonites going just north and west of Beau and Burch.

He then asks what is wrong with their friends Maude and Thompson, inquiring about the wedding, and discussing Mrs. Merriam's [Maude's mother's] reluctance to see her daughter marry. Patrick states that "nineteen years old is hardly old enough" but, then, jokes, "tell Leslie that if he had only decided to marry a Doukhobor or a Galician or Hungarian there would have been no delay."

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

1903, Sept 18 – Letter to Marion

Place: Yorkton

From: Papa, [T.A. Patrick]

To: Mrs. T.A. Patrick, Byron, Ont.

Delivery: Canada Post, postmarked

Details: 1pp and envelope

Notes: T.A. Patrick writes to his wife, Marion, from Yorkton while she is away in Byron, Ontario. He writes of visiting a patient in Ebenezer whose boy "accidentally or carelessly shot him this afternoon putting a 22 caliber bullet into his chest." He states that he has been busy since his return: "Last night Mrs. Lamb a daughter, today Mrs. Blakely a son." He informs her that he has "to go to the Hospital tonight before going to bed," as his "typhoid patient" is very ill.

He ends his note updating his wife on the children: "George shot a deer across the road" and "Edith is improving."

The note ends with a P.S. "letter from Jack [his brother] tonight. He feels confident he has passed."

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

1903, Oct 23 – Letter to Marion

Place: Yorkton, Ass.

From: T.A. Patrick

To: Mrs. Marion G. Patrick, Lucan, Ont[ario]

Delivery: Canada Post, postmarked

Details: 1pp on paper watermarked with “Merchant;” and an envelope. Envelope is scribbled over with pencil, possibly by a child.

Notes: T.A. Patrick writes to his wife while she is away to Ontario. He informs her that he "went to the farm on "28" today and shot a chicken. Used up a box of matches setting and fires which cleared things up a little. Yesterday went down to good acres and wasted some cartridges at ducks but gone none. Killed four partridges. Intended to go Northward for wild geese but just as I got ready Charlie Beck came for me. There is now another Miss Beck. Have been doing about $25 worth of work per day." He worries about his bronchitis, stating "I sound like McLean when I cough."

Patrick's second paragraph states that he "had an urgent letter from Brandon again to address meetings in the Mormon settlement. Two telegrams and two letters so far urging me to come. They advertised meetings and had to post pone them as I could not go. Will have to go after the session." He writes that he had a letter from Marion's friend "Senator Perley urging [Patrick] to run for the Commons, and intimating that I will not be at a loss financially."

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

1903, Nov 19 – Letter to Marion

Place: Regina [N.W.T.]

From: T.A. Patrick

To: Mrs. Marion G. Patrick, Byron, Middlesex Co., Ont[ario]

Delivery: Canada Post, postmarked

Details: 2 pp on The Alexandra Hotel letterhead. Envelope is printed with the words “Return to the Alexandra Hotel, F. Nash, Proprietor, Regina, N.W.T.” in black ink.

Notes: T.A. Patrick writes to his wife while she is away in Ontario stating, "last night the Provincial Autonomy resolution passed after a splendid speech by Haultain. Today we may have the budget and in that event I may leave for Edmonton tomorrow morning so as to get there on Saturday night. Otherwise I might have to remain in Calgary over Sunday. There are still rumours of a row but I believe the Liberals will swallow the next dose as readily as they swallowed the dose given them last night."

Patrick then lays out his travel plans stating, "it will take two days to Edmonton two days there; one day at Wetaskiwin, one day en route from Edmonton to Calgary. Lethbridge via MacLeod. Four or five days or perhaps a week around Cardston and Lethbridge and three days to reach Winnipeg so it will be the 6th December before I can get to Winnipeg should I meet you [Marion] there then, but I don't know your plans are and after I leave here it will be sometime before my mail reaches me." He then writes that he will keep her "advised as to [his] whereabouts from time to time but the farther west I go the longer it will take for my letters to reach you."

He finishes his letter, "the weather continues cold but with no lack of sunshine. Love to the bairns and you all.

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

1903, Nov 2 – Letter to Marion

Place: Regina [N.W.T.]

From: T.A. Patrick

To: Mrs. Marion G. Patrick, Devizes, Lucan, Middlesex Co., Ont[ario]

Delivery: Canada Post, postmarked

Details: 1pp on paper watermarked with crest and “Eamscliffe, Linen Bond;” and an envelope.

Notes: T.A. Patrick writes a very short letter to his wife while she is away in Ontario. He writes that he "spent most of the day in bed yesterday and part of today the same. At night Jack [his brother] and [Patrick] went to the Methodist Church with Jena Burke and Lily Christie." He updates Marion that "today eve have the debate on the address, but I shall only listen."

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

1903, Nov 16 – Letter to Marion

Place: Regina [N.W.T.]

From: Alf [T.A. Patrick]

To: Mrs. Marion G. Patrick, Byron, Middlesex Co., Ont[ario]

Delivery: Canada Post, postmarked

Details: 1 pp on lined North West Territories letterhead and envelope.

Notes: T.A. Patrick writes a letter to his wife, Marion, while she is away in Ontario. He writes that it is "more like January than November. The walk up to the buildings was very cold and uncomfortable and this Assembly Chamber is almost too cold to sit in. This is our first real cold snap, but November is half gone, and this is not in the banana belt." He tells Marion of his and Jack's [his brother's] visit to their friends the Hunters where Mrs. Rogers had stopped by to visit her sister. He explains that "Mr. Hunter has been in the Land Titles Office for some years but has resigned to open a law office in Regina. As Secretary of the Hospital he gets $250 per year and the same as Secretary of the Agricultural Society so he should be able to make enough to keep the pot boiling."

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

1903, Dec 1 – Letter to Marion

Place: Lethbridge, Alberta [district within N.W.T.]

From: T.A. Patrick

To: Mrs. Marion G. Patrick, Byron, Middlesex Co., Ont[ario]

Delivery: Canada Post, postmarked

Details: 2 pp on Hotel Lethbridge letterhead, watermarked with the pound note symbol (£) and the words “Extra Fine.” Envelope is printed with the words “Hotel Lethbridge, W. Henderson, Proprietor, Lethbridge, Alta., Canada” in black ink.

Notes: T.A. Patrick writes to his wife while he is in Alberta and she is away in Ontario stating, "I played over Sunday in Calgary and came here yesterday by way of MacLeod to see the country." He then advises his wife that she "had better spend Christmas with the folk," while he pays his "obligations to [his] constituency as soon as possible after [his] return." He writes that he lent his brother Jack "another $100.00 to square him up at Regina." He continues, "I presume you have received the last cheque I sent you, and you surely know that I am no judge of women's coats. I did not say petticoats. Whatever suits you will suit me though I certainly don't care much for imitations."

He finishes his letter writing, "my health is some better but not well yet. My love to the bairns the folk and your dear little self."

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

1903, Dec 7 – Letter to Marion

Place: Winnipeg

From: Alf [T.A. Patrick]

To: Mrs. Marion G. Patrick, Byron, Middlesex Co., Ont[ario]

Delivery: Canada Post, postmarked

Details: 2 pp on Hotel Leland letterhead. Envelope is printed with the words “Hotel Leland, Winnipeg” in black ink.

Notes: T.A. Patrick writes to his wife from Winnipeg while she is away in Ontario stating, "I arrived in Winnipeg yesterday, and Jack [his brother] arrived today having been detained by a banquet given in his honour at Regina on Saturday night. We both leave for Yorkton tomorrow." He continues, "yesterday I got your letter and was sorry to learn of your Aunt Lou's serious illness. I hope this may find her better. Yesterday I heard Rev. Marsh G. Pearse in the Afternoon." He changes the topic back to Jack: "Jack and I have been looking up office equipment for his new office in Yorkton. He will have the best equipped office in Yorkton both in respect of books and filing cabinets. Dick [another brother] and I are giving him the necessary financial backing. Am pleased he got such a pleasant send off and nice address from his Regina friends who included the Deputy Commissioner of Education and the Editor of the Leader and the Law students."

Patrick then changes the subject stating, "I think an other collar would not look well. It looks out of place on a small man, and in my opinion is a [sic] far more becoming to people who are above the average in size, but I am not a good judge. I hope you will get a jacket of the best quality." He then ends his letter with some brief news on a few of his patients.

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

1902, Mar 22 – Letter to Marion

Place: Winnipeg

From: Alf [T.A. Patrick]

To: Mrs. Marion G. Patrick, Yorkton, Assa.

Delivery: Canada Post, postmarked

Details: 1pp typewritten letter on Hotel Leland, Winnipeg letterhead. Envelope is printed with “Hotel Leland, Winnipeg, proprietor W.D. Douglas.” Address is typed.

Notes: T.A. Patrick writes to his wife, Marion, that he has been busy "loafing" around Winnipeg since his arrival there. He mentions that he had lunch with Sanford Evans, editor of the Telegram, who had wrote "one of the articles on Territorial Autonomy in the last number of the Canadian Magazine." He states that he had to refuse to say anything for publication but that the discussion resulted in Evans agreeing to send a Telegram correspondent to Regina to write up the debates.

Patrick states that "the Nord-Westen (German) is a convert to my views and kindly consented to give reports of my work at Regina at full length without asking anything for doing it. This is unusual in a German newspaper." He then reports that he attended a the Winnipeg medical society "to hear and see a lecture on Neilsen's stomach and liver."

Patrick also had diner with H. A. Robson, late deputy attorney general of the North West Territories, and they chatted about Regina and the North West Government, which Robson thought "worthy of condemnation." Patrick reports that Robson assured him "that the opinions expressed to the Devils Lake school district in respect of the assessment of Doukhobortsi were wrong and that the opinion I expressed to them was right."

He finish his letter stating, "I expect a fighting session and will probably have given and received hard blows before I see you again."

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

1902, Apr 16 – Letter to Marion

Place: Regina [N.W.T.]

From: T.A. Patrick

To: Mrs. Marion G. Patrick, Yorkton, Assa.

Delivery: Canada Post, postmarked

Details: 1pp on lined North West Territories letterhead, and envelope

Notes: T.A. Patrick writes to his wife, Marion, that he had "a very effective speech" yesterday "on the amendment to the motion to go into supply." Bennett also made an effective speech. However, Patrick writes that "the result in the House of course was not effective whatever effect it may have in this country." He tells his wife that "the Standard publishes my Autonomy Speech in full this session, also I believe the Caribou."

Patrick finishes his letter "wondering how things are in Yorkton." He writes that "papa will soon be back."

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

1901, May 16 – Letter to Marion

Place: Regina, [N.W.T.]

From: T.A. Patrick

To: Mrs. T.A. Patrick, Yorkton, Assa.

Delivery: Canada Post, postmarked

Details: 1pp on lined North West Territories letterhead, watermarked “Old Hampden;” and an envelope

Notes: T.A. Patrick writes a short letter to his wife, Marion. He writes that "Mr. Meredith arrive last night and leaves this afternoon. We had a hot dinner yesterday and more hot weather in the House is promised. Mr. Meredith came up to the House with me but seems to have gone again. He promised to go with me to Government House to call on the Governor."

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

1901, May 11 – Letter to Marion

Place: Regina, [N.W.T.]

From: T.A. Patrick

To: Mrs. T.A. Patrick, Yorkton, Assa.

Delivery: Canada Post, postmarked

Details: 1pp on lined North West Territories letterhead, watermarked “Old Hampden;” and an envelope

Notes: T. A. Patrick writes one of his frequent letters to his wife, Marion. He writes that he should have stayed in Yorkton for a few more days as the House had adjourned before he had arrived. There is still much work to be done "as many bills have been introduced, and these require consideration." He finishes his letter by mentioning the cold weather.

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

1901, May 17 – Letter to Marion

Place: Regina, [N.W.T.]

From: T.A. Patrick

To: Mrs. T.A. Patrick, Yorkton, Assa.

Delivery: Canada Post, postmarked

Details: 2pp on lined North West Territories letterhead, watermarked “Old Hampden;” and an envelope

Notes: T.A. Patrick writes a letter to his wife, Marion. He writes that "the Stock Association Bill was in Committee today and most of the clauses were passed." He, then, expresses his anger over the way Bruce has acted. Patrick states that Bruce "had agreed to come when sent for and I think Cash must have tampered with him." He mentions the amount of water that remains and his surprise that it hasn't went down quicker. He, then, states that he is "trying to listen to Rosenwall's proposal to amend the Exemption Ordinance and write at the same time."

He states that he has "sent copies of [his] Marriage Amending Bill to several parties at Devil's Lake and Yorkton and copies of the Stock Association Ordinance to several parties." He then advises his wife that she "had better send a messenger for Bruce in case of the kind you mention."

He ends his letter stating that he "can not consent to satisfy [Marion's] curiosity relative to my moustache at present. When you arrive you will see for yourself."

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

1901, May 22 – Letter to Marion

Place: Regina (N.W.T.)

From: T.A. Patrick

To: Mrs. T.A. Patrick, Yorkton, Assa.

Delivery: Canada Post, postmarked

Details: 1pp lined North West Territories letterhead, watermarked “Old Hampden;” and an envelope

Notes: T.A. Patrick writes to his wife, Marion, that he will start for Calgary in the morning. He mentions the hot weather and hopes that Yorkton has got a few of the rain showers that Regina has had and then talks of the lakes filling up and the grass growing.

He writes that he sees that "F.P. has an editorial on [his] Marriage Bill which will be in Committee today."

Patrick, Thomas Alfred

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