Undelivered Letters to Hudson's Bay Company Men on the Northwest Coast of America, 1830-57

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UBC Press, Jan 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 497 pages
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In the early nineteenth century, when the Hudson's Bay Company sent men to its furthest posts along the coast of North America's Pacific Northwest, the letters of those who cared for those men followed them in the Company's supply ships. Sometimes, these letters missed their objects -- the men had returned to Britain, or deserted their ships, or died. The Company returned the correspondence to its London office and over the years amassed a file of "undelivered letters." Many of these remained sealed for 150 years until they were opened by archivist Judith Hudson Beattie, when the Company archives were moved to Canada.

The letters tell the stories of ordinary people whose lives are rarely recounted in traditional histories. Editorial commentaries fram, for contemporary readers, the words of early nineteenth-century working- and middle-class British folk as well as letters to "voyageurs" from Quebec. Their stories offer rare insights into the varied worlds of men and women who settled the Pacific Northwest.

  

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Review: Undelivered Letters To Hudson's Bay Company Men On The Northwest Coast Of America, 1830 57

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Interesting Read. Uncorrected letters that were written to Hudsons Bay Agents and never delivered, they are from the days of Exploration. recommeded read. Read full review

Review: Undelivered Letters To Hudson's Bay Company Men On The Northwest Coast Of America, 1830 57

User Review  - Goodreads

Interesting Read. Uncorrected letters that were written to Hudsons Bay Agents and never delivered, they are from the days of Exploration. recommeded read. Read full review

Contents

Letters to Men on the Ships 13
42
Letters to Voyageurs I
285
Letters to Men at the Posts
312
Letters to Emigrant Labourers
349
Conclusion 405
407
Notes I
420
References I
467
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About the author (2003)

Judith Hudson Beattie is the former Keeper of the Archives at the Hudson's Bay Company. Helen M. Buss, Deptartment of English, University of Calgary, is a literary scholar who works with memoirs, diaries, and letters.

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