By Jean Murray Cole
Archibald McDonald used to be probably the most very important fur investors within the zone 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 keep an eye on of the mammoth sector west of the Rockies.
A pioneer cartographer, he additionally ready the 1st censuses of Kamloops and castle Langley. during this informative and pleasing choice of letters, his lifestyles as an element, relatives guy, beginner naturalist, and shut observer of every little thing happening round him offers a useful glimpse of either the fellow and the Pacific Northwest.
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National Archives of Canada C) April days after, commenced taking inventory of the property at Fort George which is now enclosed and forwarded for your consideration. As no specific directions were given as to the prices, form or distinction to be observed in making out the inventory, I have taken the liberty of closing the different descriptions of goods under six separate heads, in case such distinction might afterwards be required in the final arrangement of them. The first column shows the quantity of old stock actually found here last fall, the second the amount of the Interior inventories taken collectively from the Book of Remains last spring, and the third column the aggregate amount of what was sent to the Interior including New Caledonia from th March to th November.
As horses are so scarce I suppose you will at once decide on leaving at Kamloops for the summer the salmon appropriated for your going in from there. I shall soon see Mr Black [at Walla Walla] on my way down, and will of course lay before him your correspondence on the affairs of New Caledonia and will not fail to urge the necessity of buying horses, altho in fact orders to that effect are in constant force with the Gentlemen at Walla Walla ever since Gov Simpson left us last year, but I am sorry to remark that the Natives of that quarter seem to feel great reluctance in parting with animals so much in admiration among themselves.
With respect to the Natives, you are already aware that we have had no reason to be too well satisfied last spring with those in the neighbourhood of the fort. You will therefore treat them (particularly Court Apath & Tranquille [Shuswap chiefs]) with all the indifference consistent with prudence & your own safety. You will have tobacco enough to give them the necessary smoak & all their Beaver trade will be put off until my arrival with the Outfit, not later than the th of next month. • Of course anything you can get done to repair the fort & buildings will be desirable.