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James Bissett Fonds
10 cm., originals, Photostats, and photographs
James Bissett (1830-1904) from Lachine, Quebec, was Chief Trader and Chief Factor for the Hudson’s Bay Company. He was posted at the Red River, and then in Honolulu.
The two volumes of Photostats were received from the Public Archives of Canada in 1935. The original documents were received in 1962 from the estate of Miss Alice M. Bissett and from Bissett’s granddaughter Miss Alison Cole.
Correspondence, accounts, journals maps, etc., documenting Bissett’s career with the Hudson’s Bay Company. The Photostats (in C.1 and C.2) include Bissett’s journal and accounts at the Red River, 1854-1855, and a journal “Lachine to the Sandwich Islands” 1858-1859. There are also journals for 1859 and 1867. The original documents (in C.3) include correspondence with the Hudson’s Bay Company, 1858-1875, and accounts, 1860-1873. There are Bissett’s commissions as Chief Trader (1858) and as Chief Factor (1872), and a list of Chief Traders and Factors, 1855-1879. There are also some plans / maps, sketches, and photographs including a sketch of the Hudson’s Bay Post at Honolulu, ca. 1860.