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A NARRATIVE OF OCCURRENCES IN THE INDIAN COUNTRIES OF NORTH AMERICA, SINCE THE CONNEXION OF THE RIGHT HON. THE EARL OF SELKIRK WITH THE HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY, AND HIS ATTEMPT TO ESTABLISH A COLONY ON THE RED RIVER
London. 1817.. xiv,152,[4],87pp. Original printed wrappers. Minor soiling, small repairs on spine, ink signature on front cover. Contemporary ownership signature on titlepage. Very good. Untrimmed. In a red cloth drop-down box, spine gilt. The Harmsworth-Streeter copy of this rare and important work of Canadiana. This pamphlet presents a brief outline of the establishment and growth of the Selkirk Colony from 1812, and attempts to defend and justify the North West Company's actions as the natural consequence of the encroachments, hostilities, and provocations of Lord Selkirk and the Hudson's Bay Company. Although sometimes attributed to Simon McGillivary and Edward Ellice the elder, the work was probably prepared by Samuel Hull Wilcocke, "a hack-writer in the employ of the North-West Company" - TPL. The pamphlet was issued under the direction of the London representatives of the North West Company to counter charges of unwarranted aggression and destruction of the Selkirk settlement on the Red River, leveled against them by John Halkett in his STATEMENT RESPECTING THE EARL OF SELKIRK'S SETTLEMENT (1817). ^"An important work relating to the foundation of Winnipeg" - Harmsworth. ^"This narrative is the second of that long catalogue of statements, histories, and narratives to which the murder of Governor Semple by the half-breed Indians, in the service of the Northwest Fur Company, gave existence. The first publication was the 'Sketch of the Fur Trade in North America,' by the benevolent and enterprising Lord Selkirk. This narrative is the rejoinder of the Northwest Fur Company, covering pp.1 to 152. The Appendix which follows, paged separately 1 to 87, is composed of affidavits of the traders, of Indian speeches, etc" - Field. HARMSWORTH 6362 (this copy). STREETER SALE 3675 (this copy). LANDE 1313. TPL 1108. PEEL 50. VLACH 761. GAGNON II:1948. SABIN 20699. FIELD 1117.
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