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John McCormick Cariboo Letter January 31, 1869

Item consists of a letter written by John McCormick to a person named James; it is not made clear if James is a friend or relative. In both his letter to James, John McCormick makes several references to Victoria. His familiarity with Victoria suggests that he may have travelled from Victoria to Barkerville to mine for gold. In his letters to James, John McCormick describes having no money and living under poor conditions. He mentions the great fire that swept through Barkerville and that he lost nothing due to its distance from his house. McCormick also mentions that the Indians are dying quickly of Small Pox in Victoria.

Société Minière de BC, Atlin BC

Group of five miners stand in mining area on left. Woman, man, and young girl sit and stand on far right in more formal attire. Mining tools and equipment throughout.

Printed annotation on recto of photograph: "Société Minière de B.C., Atlin B.C. July 28th, 1901, A.C. Hirschfeld, No. 707".

Eagle Lake Spruce Mills, Giscome, BC

Photograph of a team of horses pulling a large load of logs. Several men are posed around the sleigh. Printed annotation on recto reads: "Eagle Lake Spruce Mills, Giscome, B.C." Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "4/ This is them after loading. You will observes that this four horse team has two loads, each sleigh has 14 ft banks[??] and is loaded with about 5 thousand feet of logs. In one camp they have a cattepillar[sic] tractor that takes as high as eight sleighs from the bush to the loading [??]. Will try and get you a picture for you. Elizabeth has has very poor health since last March. May have to change residences befor[sic] long very poor doctor here."

Ready to saddle

Photograph depicts a large semicircle of tethered horses. Loaded packs are arranged near each horse. Men, boys and a border collie are in the foreground, low mountains in the background.

Packing horses

Photograph depicts a group of horses in process of being loaded with packs. Four or more men attend. There is a canvas tent, open fire and more people in the background.

Chopping fire wood near Ft. Simpson

Photograph of a person chopping down firewood in a forest. Printed annotation on recto reads: "Chopping Fire-Wood, near Fort Simpson, 1118." Handwritten annotation on verso reads: "55 Avenell Road, N. 29-2-'08 I wanted to write you a letter, but have had suck a lot to do, I find there isn't time before Prayer meeting; and as I haven't been able to go to P.M. for the last three weeks, I am sure you won't mind just for this once. Here is a p.c. of Canada which I promised you; don't you think it is pretty? Things are going on pretty well now; mother is better & Daisy- well, I never saw SO much improvement in anyone in one short week. As much love as if this were the longest letter I have ever written you, from Effie." Postcard is addressed to: "Mis J.G. Grafton "Belmont" Tividale Road, Tipton, Staffs." Verso is affixed with a British halfpenny green stamp and canceled with a postmark that reads: "Highbury S.O. 915 PM Fe 29 08."

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