Fur Trade Letters of Willie Traill 1864-1893

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Fur Trade Letters of Willie Traill 1864-1893

Son of Catharine Parr Traill and nephew of Susanna Moodie, William Edward Traill, better known as Willie, came by his literary talent naturally. He found employment with the Hudson’s Bay Company in what was to become the Canadian West. His letters home are a rich and detailed portrait of domestic life in the fur trade of the Northwest between 1864 and 1893. At turns gritty then deeply touching but always fascinating and informative, the Willie Traill letters throw open a window on the joys and heartbreaking challenges of family life in the service of the fur trade.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front Cover 1
Title Page 4
Copyright 5
Epigraph 6
Dedication 8
Contents 10
Abbreviations 11
Foreword 12
Preface 16
Acknowledgements 20
Introduction 22
Map 27
1 Fort Garry, 1864 30
2 Fort Elice, 1864-1867 50
3 Touchwood Hills, 1867-1869 104
4 Saskatchewan River Posts, 1869-1874 130
5 Lac La Biche, 1874-1881 158
6 Lesser Slave Lake, 1881-1885 206
7 Fort Vermilion, 1886-1889 230
8 Fort St. James, 1889-1893 274
Epilogue 328
Genealogy 341
Bibliography 342
Notes 344
Index 356