Academic journal article Alberta History

Edmonton House Journals, Correspondence & Reports 1806-1821

Academic journal article Alberta History

Edmonton House Journals, Correspondence & Reports 1806-1821

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Edmonton House Journals, Correspondence & Reports 1806-1821 edited and introduction by Ted Ninnema and Gerhard J. Ens. Calgary: Historical Society of Alberta, 536 pp., maps, hard cover, $40.00.

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This is one of the most important books ever published by the Alberta Records Publication Board. It takes the reader back to almost the beginning of European settlement in the province and provides a wealth of detail on the daily activities of the fort over a fifteen-year period.

In 1967 the Hudson's Bay Record Society published the Edmonton journals from 1795 to 1800. The reports for 1801 to 1805 are missing, so the volume under review completes the known record for the first twenty-six years of Edmonton's existence.

The entries include the ordinary, such as for April 30, 1814: "Sent off three Men in a Boat with Birchrind &c for two Canoes to be made at Paint River for York Factory." To the more captivating entries, such as October 31, 1814: "Yesterday evening Mr Hughes met three Blackfeet Indians part of those we suppose who left this the 28th instant going off with five Horses they had stolen from this House, he pursued the thieves who succeeded in gaining a Hammock of Woods with the Horses; but as they were entering in the Hammock Mr Hughes and his party fired upon the Indians one of whom was seen to fall and is supposed to be killed two of their Horses were also killed in the Woods, two of the Indians fired several shots at Mr Hughes party from the Woods but without effect. …

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