Wilfred Grenfell, His Life and Work

Wilfred Grenfell, His Life and Work

Wilfred Grenfell, His Life and Work

Wilfred Grenfell, His Life and Work

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In collecting the material for this biography I travelled not less than ten thousand miles in Great Britain, the United States, Canada, Labrador, and Newfoundland. I interviewed several hundreds of men and women who had known or who had worked with Sir Wilfred Grenfell, and I studied the records and archives of many associations, Government departments, and commercial concerns, as well as private letters and papers made available by Sir Wilfred's family and friends. It would be impossible in a limited space to name all who gave me information and help, an I can only thank them collectively. The help and kindliness I received in seeking, as I did, original sources rather than published books was invaluable.

Certain acknowledgments, as well as thanks, are due to the Council anti the Secretary of the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen, who made all their records and copies of their magazine, Toilers of the Sea, available, and who have permitted me to quote from these papers and the magazine; to the International Grenfell Association and its directors and officers both in the United States and in Newfoundland; to the Grenfell Associations of Great Britain and Ireland, New England, and Newfoundland; to the Hudson's Bay Company and its archivist; to the Librarian of H.M. Commonwealth Relations Office Library; to the Admiralty Hydrographic Department; and to Yale University, who permitted me the use of their library to study the Grenfell Papers in their care. I am deeply grateful to Sir Wilfred's son, Mr Wilfred Grenfell, and to his daughter and her husband, Mrs and Mr J. Wyman Shaw, who allowed me to, question them and who lent me letters and family papers, and have permitted the use of their father's cartoons which are being used as chapter decorations in this book. Without the sympathetic aid of Dr Charles S. Curtis, Superintendent of the Grenfell Mission in Labrador and New-

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