Item 74-010 - Peter Russell correspondence copy book

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Peter Russell correspondence copy book

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  • Microfilmed [between 1971 and 1972] (Creation)
    Russell, Peter

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1 microfilm reel

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Peter Russell, president and administrator of Upper Canada (1796-1799) was born at Cork, Ireland, in 1733, the son Captain Richard Russell, 14th Foot. He entered the army at an early age, but in 1722 sold his commission and came to America as one of the secretaries of Sir Henry Clinton. At the close of the American Revolution, he returned to England; and in 1791, came out to Canada with Sir John Graves Simcoe, as inspector-general of Upper Canada. In 1792, he was appointed a member of the Executive and Legislative Councils of the province; and from 1796 to 1799 he was the administrator of the government, with the title of president. He died at York, 30 September 1801; and his property was willed to his sister, Elizabeth Russell, who left it to William Warren Baldwin. (Taken from The Macmillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography, fourth edition. 1978)

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The microfilm was created by the Archives of Ontario and it was purchased by Trent University.

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The item is a microfilm of a copy book of correspondence from and to Peter Russell, president administering the government of Upper Canada during the period November 1796 to March 1798. The correspondents include Captain William Claus, Superintendent of Indians and Indian Affairs, and Captain Joseph Brant. Included are copies of speeches made by Russell to "Brothers, Chiefs and Warriors of the Six Nations" concerning their land grants on the Grand River, as well as speeches to "Brothers, Chiefs and Warriors of the Chippewa Nation".

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The microfilm was purchased from the Archives of Ontario.


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Originals located at the Archives of Ontario.

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Associated material at Archives of Ontario and Library and Archives Canada (RG 10).

For related records see: 74-1002.

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Finding Aid available in hard copy only in reading room

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Microfilm Set 5.

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