This Blessed Wilderness: Archibald McDonald's Letters from by Jean Murray Cole

By Jean Murray Cole

Archibald McDonald was once essentially the most vital fur investors within the area west of the Rockies. he's rather remembered as an element at Forts Langley, Kamloops, and Colville, and as one of many investors who enabled the Hudson's Bay corporation to realize regulate of the immense sector west of the Rockies.

A pioneer cartographer, he additionally ready the 1st censuses of Kamloops and castle Langley. during this informative and exciting number of letters, his lifestyles as an element, kinfolk guy, beginner naturalist, and shut observer of every little thing occurring round him offers a useful glimpse of either the guy and the Pacific Northwest.

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A/.  October  Thompson River,  October  To William Connolly, New Caledonia During my absence from here on th ult your son arrived here from below on his way to New Caledonia & was off a couple of days before my return. It however happened that his Indian was unwilling to proceed beyond the Traverse, & they both came back to the fort about three days after. They now again make a fair start and trust nothing will interfere to prevent them reaching your quarter in safety. I am sorry to add that somehow or other William drop’d his letters somewhere between Okanagan & this, if Mr McLoughlin did say anything on business cannot refer to his letter.

I hope this reinforcement will enable you all to get on swimmingly. Of course you are aware how destructive insects have been about this post during the summer season & will guard against as much as possible. The six Kegs potatoes we could muster here are in the ground, but one I had from Spokane will be sent up by Deslard for enlarging our field at Kamloops – [ Jacques] Lafentasie and [Antoine] Bourdignon are the two men that will summer with you. I left open memoranda with Mr Work & you will attend to the things required to go down by the Brigade to be returned to the general store, besides the few furs that may be got in before their departure.

Mr Erm. will point out a certain portion for that purpose better preserved than the generality. Wishing you a safe and speedy conveyance to the banks of the Columbia. T. John McLeod and the York Factory Express canoe, your several communications of th Feb. th & th March and Mr G[eorge] McDougall’s letter of nd of last month were handed to us late last night. I need scarcely observe that the disastrous tale they contained of the fate of the horses was most painful to us both. I returned immediately to this place so as to dispatch the bearer of the packet back to Thompson River with as little delay as possible, trusting that Mr [ James] Yale will not leave that place until he has some satisfactory account for your information of what he can still do to insure the transport of the furs to the Columbia.

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