Item consists of a letter documenting Johns McCormick’s experiences at Williams Creek in Barkerville during the winter of 1869. He describes the poor gold mining conditions on Williams Creek and his hopes for future prosperity.
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.
Five unidentified miners pose for a photo. Logs and wood scraps in foreground, forest in background.
Printed annotation on recto of photograph: "PLACER MINING, ATLINTOD RIVER, ATLIN, B.C. A.C. HIRSHFELD NO. 753."
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".
Photograph depicts a scow loaded with three or more pack horses with men attending. The scow is crossing the river, guided by a cable. There is one building, and forest in the background.
Photograph depicts several men on a long scow loaded with supplies amidst swirling deep river water.
Photograph depicts several men on the river's edge pulling on a long rope attached to a large scow downstream.
Photograph depicts twelve or more horses loaded with packs. Three or more men attending. There is a telegraph pole in the midground, treed low hills in the background. The horses are standing in a field.
Photograph depicts a long scow on the river's edge, supplies are being loaded. There is a smoke rising from the wood stove at the center of the scow. Several men are assisting.
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."
Photograph depicts Lheidli T'enneh Nation burial grounds in foreground, Hudson Bay Company buildings in background.