Typed transcripts of incoming and outgoing correspondence and one news paper article. Majority of the letters are on the topic of westward expansion/protection, Canadian confederation, interaction with and displacement of Indigenous groups, and life and politics in the mid 19th century. Correspondence with such figures as:
McDonald's correspondence, 1791-1860, mostly concerns business and property matters, but also includes personal correspondence. There are statements of account with McTavish, Frobisher & Co., 1799; with McTavish, Fraser & Co., 1803-1804; with McTavish, McGillivray & Co., 1808-1809. There are two volumes of autobiographical notes assembled in 1859 and covering the period 1791-1816.
There is a second copy of the autobiography, probably transcribed in the late 19th century. Written on the front fly leaf is the name: A.E. MacDonald. It has 63 leaves, and there are minor textual variants.
McDonald, John, 1771 or 1772-1866
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