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British North America correspondence [textual record] 

Sub-series consists of


12 May 1823-6 February 1855, predominently 1846-1854

Place of creation

Various places

15 cm of textual records.

Scope and content

This sub-series brings together three bundles of correspondence designated "Private Official" and "Misellaneous Canadian" at the time of microfilming, plus several printed items relating to the Province of Canada. The geographic range of this correspondence actually extends across British North America. The vestiges of its original order were more evident in the correspondence when the bundles were microfilmed than at present. The evident groupings demonstrated that the arrangement principles followed the "responsibility centre" concept by bringing together letters to and from fellow governors (by colony), the Commander of the Forces (Sir Benjamin D'Urban and William Rowan) and the Admiral (Sir George Seymour) on the Atlantic station, politicians and senior officials within the Province of Canada, and private individuals (sometimes clustered by topic). The correspondence addressed topics ranging over the political developments and local affairs within the Province of Canada, as well as popular opinion about and threats against Lord Elgin; inter-colonial concerns with boundaries, fisheries, railways, postal service, telegraphs and trade; and economic and political relations with the United States, most notably the Reciprocity Treaty.

Textual records
90: Open
from 42 to 44
90: Open
Archival reference no.

Additional information

Custodial history
The three bundles of correspondence forming the core of this series exhibit varying degrees of disruption to their original order, prior or subsequent to the 1958 microfilming. Pages 1-768 correspondend to bundle 4A, pages 769-1334 to bundle 5 and pages 1334-1468 to bundle 4E. The disturbance of the order within bundles since filming will inhibit any efforts to compare the digital images with the microfilm copies. Examination of MSS Finding Aid 129 part 1 suggests that no documents have been lost; rather, that listing appears not to have fully described everything filmed.

Availability of other formats note
This correspondence is available on microfilm, reels A-398 and A-399, as bundles 4A, 4 E and 5. The last three (printed) items in this series were not filmed.