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5. HBC letters



The Hudson's Bay Company flag.      (from wikipedia)
A flag similar to this one was first used in 1682. It would have been flown over most HBC posts.

The Portage La Loche Brigade continued:

The Red River Rebellion occurred between October 11, 1869 and August 24, 1870.
These letters were written after the Rebellion and describes some of the difficulties it caused to the HBC. 

The first letter is dated 26th December 1870 and was sent to the President, Chief Factors and Chief Traders of the Northern Department from Norway House by J. Hortescue.
Hortescue complains of the Portage La Loche Brigades.
He outlines the damages caused to the pemmican stores.

The second letter is dated three weeks later on the 14th January 1871 and was sent to the Governor, Chief Factors and Chief Traders of the Northern Department from Ile a la Crosse by Samuel Mackenzie.
Mackenzie describes the backlog of freight at Portage La Loche due to the "mutinous conduct" of the Portage La Loche Brigades.
He also sends a request for supplies for the Ile a la Crosse and Portage La Loche Posts for the passing brigades.






Note: Explanation of terms used:    " Libs."  means pounds or lbs.
 " Do."   means ditto or same as the above word.
eg.  ( 1    "    Fine    Do.     "    90   "   )  means  one 90 pound bag of fine pemmican or  " 1 bag Fine pemican each 90 Libs. "
Pemmican was made with buffalo meat. 
 
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