Correspondence between J.P. Donnelly and the Government of Canada

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Correspondence between J.P. Donnelly and the Government of Canada




Name of document:

Correspondence between J.P. Donnelly and the Government of Canada

Type of document:

Primary documentation, letters, National Archives of Canada

Summary of the data:

This page includes four letters exchanged between J.P. Donnelly, Indian Agent at Port Arthur, and the Government of Canada. In the first letter, dated May 28th 1889, J.P. Donnelly writes to the Superintendent General of Indian Affairs, E. Dewdney, and the Deputy Minister of the Interior. In this letter, Donnelly states that at Fort William there are thirty-seven children of White men who married Aboriginal women who he believes are not entitled to annuities under the Robinson-Superior Treaty, 1850. He requests that an inspector be sent to investigate the claims of those at Fort William and Red Rock. On the same day, Donnelly sent a letter to L. Vankoughnet, Deputy Superintendent General of Indian Affairs, explaining why he sent his previous letter. According to Donnelly, he requested an Inspector to ensure that he is "paying out money to those only having a right" ("Letter from Donnelly to Vankoughnet").

In response to Donnelly's letters, on June 7th, 1889 the Department of Indian Affairs wrote to him acknowledging his request and asking that he send a list of those names on the annuity pay lists along with all of their details. With that information, the Department would decide who would remain on the pay list. Donnelly responded that he would send along the names of the 'half-breeds' in question in the coming weeks.

Important dates mentioned in the document:

May 28, 1889: Letter from Donnelly to the Superintendent General of Indian Affairs & Deputy Minister of the Interior, on the same day he sent a letter to Vankoughnet
June 7, 1889: Letter from the Department of Indian Affairs of J.P. Donnelly was sent
June 17, 1889: Letter from J.P. Donnelly to the Department of Indian Affairs was sent

Important people discussed in the document:

J.P. Donnelly
E. Dewdney
Vankoughnet

Specific location(s) mentioned in the document (if applicable):

Port Arthur, Ontario
Fort William, Ontario
Red Rock, Ontario

Non-specific location(s) mentioned in the document (if applicable):

Quebec, Canada

Specific event(s) identified in the document (if applicable):

Robinson-Superior Treaty, 1850 (September 7, 1850)

Relevant citations:

Gale, Alison. "Robinson Treaty Métis: Historical Report." Claims Research and Assessment Directorate Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. (1998). Print.

Library and Archives Canada, J.P. Donnelly, RG. 10, "Letter from J.P. Donnelly to Superintendent General of Indian Affairs & the Deputy Minister of the Interior," volume 2465, 28 May 1889, file 96244, microfilm reel C-12784.

Library and Archives Canada, J.P. Donnelly, RG. 10, "Letter from J.P. Donnelly to L. Vankoughnet," volume 2465, 28 May 1889, file 96244, microfilm reel C-12784.

Library and Archives Canada, J.P. Donnelly, RG. 10, "Letter from J.P. Donnelly to the Department of Indian Affairs," volume 2465, 17 June 1889, file 96244, microfilm reel C-12784.

Library and Archives Canada, Unknown, RG. 10, "Letter from the Department of Indian Affairs to J.P Donnelly," volume 2465, 7 June 1889, file 96244, microfilm reel C-12784.


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