Red River

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540. Hargrave, Joseph James. RED RIVER. Montreal. John Lovell. 1871. 21cm.

xvi, [17]-506pp. Lists. Green cloth. A history drawn from an extensive

collection of books, letters, official documents and other papers collected

by the author’s father, a longtime Hudson’s Bay Company employee. His

uncle, HBC Governor William Mactavish, was his editor, resulting in one of

the best books ever written on the settlement. To capitalize on the

interest generated by the 1870 rebellion, the book was released early – so

early that on page 174 there are blanks where population statistics should

be. Peel, 328. $175

MacLeod Archives

UM Libraries – Archives – Margaret Arnett Macleod

MacLeod, Margaret Arnett, 1877-1966

Margaret Arnett Macleod fonds, 1947

0.9 m of textual records (7 boxes)

Mss 15, Pc13

Margaret Arentt MacLeod was born in 1877 in London, Ontario, and later moved to Manitoba with her family. Her father, Lewis Arnett, an Englishman, came to the Red River with the Ontario volunteers in the Wolseley Expedition of 1870. She was educated in Brandon and Winnipeg and taught in Stonewall, Manitoba, before marrying Dr. A.N. Macleod. In 1935 she wrote The Frozen Priest of Pembina, and in 1937 Bells of Red River. In 1947 she compiled her most famous work The Letters of Letitia Hargrave. She also wrote Red River Festive Season (1962) and Grantown, the story of Cuthbert Grant, which she compiled in collaboration with Dr. W.L. Morton in 1963.

The collection consists of voluminous research notes produced by the author for her publication Letters of Letitia Hargrave. They provide biographical data on Letitia Hargrave, her husband James Hargrave, several other senior and junior employees of the Hudson’s Bay Company between 1837 and 1865, and the Hargrave family up to 1947. Research material about the Red River Settlement and some original letters of the era are also included. Nineteen photographs are held separately.

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