By Alexander Begg, J. M. Bumsted
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He indicated in a letter of 8 February 1870 to Sir Curtis Lampson that his original intention had been a series of descriptive articles. Nor does the surviving evidence suggest the eastern readers would have learned very much from further correspondence from Hargrave. In one private letter to William McMurray at Fort Chipewyan dated 14 March 1870 (after the Portage "invasion" and the execution of Thomas Scott), Hargrave described the events of the preceding few months in a balanced and distant voice without making any 21 22 INTRODUCTION judgement on them whatsoever.
Boniface under the leadership of Father Dugast had played several tunes there—a party with the band proceeded to the town and serenaded Genl. Malmoras the American Consul. Three cheers were given for the Provisional Government—three for the leaders and three for the band—followed by three groans for Mulligan—late chief of police now a prisoner at Fort Garry. Mr. , the French went through the ceremony of hoisting the flag of their Provisional Government. About four o'clock in the afternoon, a number of armed men assembled in the Court yard of Fort Garry, and were addressed by Mr.
Subsequently the American Government established a Post Office at Pembina, on the United States' frontier about 65 miles from Fort Garry, to which a monthly mail was carried. In course of a few years the monthly delivery became a fortnightly, a weekly, and latterly a bi-weekly one. The Local Government here at present send a Courier twice a week to Pembina. 5 This system, which continued in operation for at least more than one year, gave rise to extreme annoyance on account of the irregularity of the delivery of mail matter which seldom arrived before it had been several weeks overdue.