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Colonel Macleod's Letter

Colonel Macleod's Letter

Letter from Colonel James F. Macleod, Commissioner of the North-West Mounted Police, to his wife, Mary
August 1879
Glenbow Archives M-776-14

Colonel Macleod wrote this letter after visiting Blackfoot Crossing, the site of the signing of Treaty 7, with Indian Commissioner Edgar Dewdney. After his official duties, Macleod walked to the spot where he and Mary had camped shortly after their marriage in 1874 and he picked some wild roses to send her in remembrance.

The Glenbow Archives has 250 of Macleod's letters, donated by descendants of the Macleods. They are rich in historical details with vivid descriptions of events, people, and places of the times. But they are much more than mere historical accounts for they are also love letters to his wife. They are passionate, filled with emotion, and give wonderful insight into Victorian love, marriage, and family life. View letters.

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