File 11 - Correspondence from Lord Grey, Ottawa.

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Correspondence from Lord Grey, Ottawa.

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  • November 1, 1905 (Authorship)

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2 p.

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Colin Rankin, Hudson's Bay Company factor, was born July 29, [1826] in New Brunswick. He was married twice, first in 1856 to Rebecca Scott (1838-1870) and again in 1873 to Rebecca Deacon. Engaged by Sir George Simpson in March 1848, he became a Chief Trader for the Hudson's Bay Company in 1868, a Factor in 1872, and a Chief Factor in 1879. He was in charge of Mattawa Post for several years; left for Lachine in August, 1853; then to St. Maurice district; spent the winter at Kickendatch Post; was called to Montreal in August, 1854, and appointed to succeed Chief Trader Anderson in charge of Bersimis Post. In June, 1856, he was appointed to take charge of St. Maurice district, where the Company was erecting a Post and constructing new buildings. He was ordered to Montreal and appointed to Lake Superior district in 1860. In July, 1866, he was transferred to Saguenay district and there remained until November 1873, when he was ordered to take charge of Simcoe and Ottawa River districts. In 1873 he was appointed to Temiskaming district, until 1882, when headquarters moved to Mattawa, Ont. Mr. Rankin retired from the service in 1898. He was mayor of Mattawa and was a magistrate there as well (n.d.). He was also commissioned to be a Justice of the Peace in and for the North West Territories (1874). Colin Rankin died April 20, 1921.

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Two letters from Lord Grey to Colin Rankin both dated November 1, 1905. The first letter lets Rankin know that Grey and Major Holford returned from safely from a trip and thanks Rankin "for all the trouble you took to provide our comfort, amusement and instruction." A postscript note mentions the inclusion of a photograph as a moment that is not included in the file. The second letter, marked 'Private & Confidential', asks Rankin to let Grey know as soon as possible about the price a Mr. Brown is asking for 400 acres worth of land and whether Rankin can secure it and everything on the land, including furniture of the house and a yacht, for $6,000 until the end of November.

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Government House, Ottawa letterhead.

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Scanned as TIF files October 2023.

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