Fonds MSG 400 - Samuel Gale Fonds

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Samuel Gale Fonds

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  • 1817-1833 (Creation)
    Gale, Samuel, 1783-1865

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approximately 1 cm of textual materials (12 letters)

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Samuel Gale was a lawyer and judge. He was born in 1783 at St Augustine, Florida, son of Samuel Gale, the assistant paymaster of English forces in North America, and a Miss Wells, originally from Brattleboro, Vermont. Samuel Gale served as lawyer for Lord Selkirk, founder of the Red River colony, when the latter had difficulties with the North West Company, and in 1815 he went west to defend his client’s interests. In 1817 he published Notices on the claims of the Hudson’s Bay Company and the conduct of its adversaries (Montreal). He died on 15 April 1865 at Montreal, Canada East.

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There are three letters from Lord Selkirk, one from Lord Dalhousie, and eight from Lady Selkirk. The early letters concern the Red River Settlement and the North West Company. The letter from Lord Dalhousie, 1824, concerns legal matters, and the two late letters, 1828 and 1833, from Lady Selkirk are personal in nature.

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