Undelivered Letters to Hudson's Bay Company Men on the Northwest Coast of America, 1830-57 pdf epub fb2

Undelivered Letters to Hudson's Bay Company Men on the Northwest Coast of America, 1830-57 by Judith Hudson Beattie pdf epub fb2 djvu

Author: Judith Hudson Beattie
Title: Undelivered Letters to Hudson's Bay Company Men on the Northwest Coast of America, 1830-57
ISBN: 0774809736
ISBN13: 978-0774809733
Other Formats: lrf txt lrf rtf
Pages: 512 pages
Publisher: Univ of British Columbia Pr (March 1, 2003)
Language: English
Size PDF version: 1656 kb
Size EPUB version: 1642 kb
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas

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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