John M. Gray:

An Inventory of His Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Dr. R.E. Bennett
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(1984)

Finding aid encoded by Vladimira Zvonik (2004)
Finding aid written in English.

Revision History

  • July 26, 2005 - Mss 32 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).


Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Creator:
John M. Gray

Title:
John M. Gray fonds

Dates:
1958-1962

Quantity:
0.5 m of textual records and graphic materials

Identification:
Mss 32, PC 35

Language
English.

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Biography of John M. Gray

Gray was born in Ontario in 1907 and was educated at private schools and the University of Toronto. He joined the Macmillan Company of Canada soon after leaving college. During World War II he enlisted in the Toronto Scottish Regiment and was assigned overseas. After the war he rejoined MacMillan's and swiftly rose to become president of the firm, which is the Canadian offshoot of the MacMillan book publishing firm established in Britain.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The collection is comprised of the original handwritten draft, a typewritten revision and final galley proofs of the author's literary manuscript later published as Lord Selkirk of Red River (Toronto; MacMillan Company of Canada, 1963). Included is Gray's correspondence, written in the course of compiling information, and a folder full of his scribbled notes. The collection also contains photocopies (taken from the National Archives, McCord Museum at McGill University, the British Museum, and the National Library of Scotland) of approximately 100 letters to, from and about Thomas Douglas, Earl of Selkirk, dated 1787-1826. Photographs and vital statistics are also available.

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Organization of the Papers

This collection is organized into five series:

  • 1. Selkirk Letters
  • 2. Collected Information on Selkirk
  • 3. Literary Manuscripts
  • 4. Research Activity
  • 5. PC 35 - Photographs Collection

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Restrictions on Access

Open to all researchers

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Restrictions on Use

Open to all researchers

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Custodial History

Found in the records of the University of Manitoba's Office of the President (Dr. Hugh Saunderson)

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Selkirk Letters

Six photostat letters from the McCord Museum, McGill University:

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11 From:

Lady Selkirk to Samuel Gale,

October 21, 1818

November 1, 1818

July 10, 1818

October 24, 1818

October 9, 1818

May 23, 1818

2 Authors notebook on letters year of their composition and by possible use in his book. Other miscellaneous research notes.
3 21 photostats of letters (or portion thereof) from the Selkirk Papers, PAC:

From:

J. Allan to Lady Selkirk - 3 March 1819

J. Allan to Lord Selkirk - 18 Jan. 1825

J. Allan to Unidentified -28 Apr. 1819 (portion)

W. Wilberforce to Lord Selkirk - 22 July 1819

W. Wilberforce to Lord Selkirk - 26 July 1819

Unidentified letter - 28 July 1819

Wm. Johnston to Lord Selkirk - 28 Aug. 1819

Samuel Gale to Lady Selkirk - 30 Oct. 1819

Thomas Clark to Mrs. Maitland, Gordon Auldje - 14 Nov. 1819

Thomas Clark to A. Colville - 12 Aug. 1820

Zachary Macauly to Lord Selkirk - 28 May 1819

Unidentified letter - 19 May

Lord Selkirk to Earl of Bathurst - 16 July 1819

Warrant 10 - July 1819

Samuel Gale to Lord Selkirk - 9 May 1819

Lord Selkirk to Earl of Bathurst - 5 Feb. 1819

James Widderfun (sp?) to Lord Selkirk - 1 Feb. 1819

Unidentified - 2 Feb. 1819

Unidentified - 4 Feb.1819

J. Hall to Lord Selkirk - 30 Apr.1819

4 Compilations of John Gray's research notes on Selkirk

- include certificates of death, photographs of Selkirk's grave site, references to other collections containing or thought to contain information on Selkirk and couple of typed Selkirk letters of 1815. Also six typed copies of articles on Selkirk that appeared in the Dumfries and Galloway Courier, 1816-1818

5 Photostats of Letters from the Selkirk Papers, PAC, Ottawa:

Notes on the Pemican Affair/Prices - 1814 of Trade goods at Ft. William

Letter to Lord Bathurst - 3 March 1815

Letter to Miles McDonell - 23 March 1815

W. Hillier notes on Miles McDonell - 1813

6

Letter to Earl of Bathurst - 16 Oct. 1819

Letter from J. Halkett to Earl of Bathurst - 30 Jan. 1819

Letter from Dummer Powell to Peregine Maitland (handwritten) - 10 Oct. 1819

7 Photostats of Letters from the "British Museum MS Room":

From Lord Selkirk to Sir John Hippisley Bart - 22 March 1806

From Lord St. John to Sir John Hippisley - 24 March 1806

Indictment of Lord Selkirk - 1 March 1819

Typewritten notes of other letters - 1801, 1803, 1806, 1814, 1819

Letter of 6th Earl of Selkirk to Dr. Bryce - 2 May 1881

8 Photostats of Letters from the Public Archives of Canada:

Gray's own comments about the letters below: David Mckenzie to Duncan Cameron - 14 Jan. 1809

Lord Selkirk to Andrew Colvile - 5 June 1813

Lord Selkirk to Miles Macdonnell -14 June 1813

A.M. McLeod to J.D. Cameron - 20 June 1813

A.M. McLeod to Dugald Cameron - 30 July 1814

Duncan Cameron to Donald Livingston - 10 Jan. 1815

Duncan Cameron to Donald Livingston - 10 March 1815

Duncan Cameron to James Grant - 22 March 1815

J. Harvey to William McGillivray - 14 June 1815

Halliday to Selkirk (photocopy) - 27 Oct. 1815

John McTavish to Archie McLellan 29 - May 1816

John Rorrand to Marrison - 13 June 1816

K. MacKenzie to Arclid. McLellan - 9 Aug. 1816

Daniel McKenzie to Roderick McKenzie - 10 Aug. 1816

From Lord Selkirk (photocopy) - 9 Oct. 1816

Lord Selkirk to J.C. Sherbrooke - 12 Nov. 1816 (photocopy)

Lady Selkirk to Lord Selkirk (hand written) - 9 Oct.1816

Journal of Miles MacDonnel, Dec. 1813 to July 1817 (photocopy)

Miles MacDonnell to Lord Selkirk - 17 July 1813

9 Protostats of Letters in the National Library of Scotland:

Gray's own comments and descriptions of the letters in the folder.

Lord Selkirk to Dr. Marcel - 5 July 1805

Lord Selkirk to Dr. Marcel - 7 July 1805

Lord Selkirk to Dr. Marcel - 24 July 1805

Lord Selkirk to Dr. Marcel - 18 Sept. 1811

Lord Selkirk to Dr. Marcel - 14 Nov. 1811

Lord Selkirk to Dr. Marcel - 24 Dec. n.d.

Lord Selkirk to Unknown - 12 Feb. 1812

Lord Selkirk to Unknown - 7 June 1812

Lord Selkirk to Dr. Marcel - 15 June 1812

Lady Selkirk to Dr. Marcel - 16 June 1812

Lady Selkirk to Dr. Marcel - 17 June 1812

Lady Selkirk to Dr. Marcel - 18 June 1812

Lord Selkirk to Dr. Marcel - 22 Aug. 1812

Lord Selkirk to Dr. Marcel - 21 Oct. 1812

Lord Selkirk to Dr. Marcel - 26 May 1813

Lord Selkirk to Dr. Marcel - 12 Feb. 1819

Lord Selkirk to Dr. Marcel - 2 July 1813

Lord Selkirk to Dr. Marcel - n.d.

A draft of an unidentified letter with corrections.

10 Photostat of Documents in the Public Archives of Canada:

Statement (affidavit) of John Allen on events that transpired at Fort William - 13 March 1818

Narration of events at York, Upper Canada, January 1818 made - March 1819.

11

Daniel McKenzie to the Rt. Hon. The Earl of Selkirk - 18 Sept. 1818, in answer to a Pamphlet entitled "A Postscript to the Statement Respecting the Earl of Selkirk's Settlement on the Red River in North America." (typescript copy)

Miles Mcdonell to Wm. Johnson McDonell - 15 July 1818 (photostat from the Archives of British Columbia)

Earl of Selkirk to Wm. J. McDonell - 1 Dec. 1815 (photostat from the Archives of British Columbia)

Miles McDonell to 14m. J. McDonell - 30 Nov. 1817 (photostat from the Archives of British Columbia)

John Macdonell to "his brother" - 16 Nov. 1815 (photostat from the Archives of British Columbia)

Samuel Gale to the Earl of Selkirk - Dec. 1817 (photostat from McGill University Museum)

The Rt. Rev. C. Stewart, Bp. of Quebec, 4 July 1825 (photostat from McGill University Museum)

Five articles (typed) from the Dumfries and Galloway Courier, 1816-1818, on Lord Selkirk's Colony.

11 Photostats of Letters and Reports from the Selkirk Papers in the Public Archives of Canada:

J. Halkett to Earl of Selkirk - 19 Oct. 1821

J. Halkett to Samuel Gale - 20 Apr. 1820

Samuel Gale - 25 Sept. 1817

Earl. of Selkirk to "William" - 28 Sept. 1787

Earl of Selkirk to Tear Clerk" 30 Apr. 1866

12 Photostats of Letters and Reports from the Selkirk Papers in the Public Archives of Canada:

Examination of John McNab - 30 June 1817

Allan's Statement re: Legislation & more Trials - Oct. 1818

Lord Selkirk's release from arrest - Jan. 1818

Unidentified letter (photocopy) - 24 Apr. 1818

Basil Hall to Lord Selkirk - 30 Jan. 1818

Lord Selkirk to W.B. Coltman - 5 Feb. 1818

J.C. Sherbrooke to Lord Selkirk - 3 May 1817

"Memorandum by Lord Selkirk" n.d.

7 Unidentified letter - 28 Apr. 181

Lord Selkirk to The Special Commissioner - 28 Apr. 181

7 Unidentified letter - 29 Apr. 1817

J.C. Sherbrooke to Lord Selkirk - 15 May 1817

Deposition of John McNab - 20 May 1817

Letter of D. McKenzie - 26 May 1817

Lord Selkirk to the Commissioner - 28 June 1817

Samuel Gale to Lady Selkirk - 8 Aug. 1817

Lord Selkirk to Samuel Gale - 3 July 1817

Memorandum on Col. Coltman by John Pritchard - Aug. 1817

Lord Selkirk to Col. Coltman - 7 Sept. 1817

Partial letter of Samuel Gale to Lady Selkirk n.d. Disposition of Thomas Curry - 29 Jan. 1818

List of Indictments n.d. Excerpts of a letter from Lord Selkirk to Lady Selkirk - 23 Apr. 1817

Dugald Stewart to Lady "K" - 30 Mar. 1817 (from Ntl. Library of Scotland)

Dugald Stewart to Lord Selkirk - 31 May 1817

Lady Selkirk to Lord Selkirk - 7 May 1817

13 Photostats and handwritten copies of Selkirk-related Letters from various sources:

Paul Jones to Lord and Lady Selkirk - 24 Apr. 1778

Thos. Douglas to his father - 2 May 1792

Thos. Clark to Mrs. Mowat - 3 Nov. 1802

Selkirk Letter - Apr. 1800

Selkirk Letter - 16 June 1800

Selkirk Letter - Apr. 1800

Selkirk Letter - 16 June 1800

Selkirk Letter - 20 Oct. 1806

Selkirk Letter - May 1807

Selkirk Letter - May 1807

Selkirk Letter - 13 Dec. 1807

Lord Selkirk to John Cartwright - 25 Apr. 1809

Selkirk Letter - 11 Mar. 1809

Selkirk Letter - 23 Mar. 1809

Selkirk Letter - 30 June 1809

Selkirk Letter - 27 Feb.1813

Selkirk letter in answer to a pamphlet entitled "A Postscript to the Statement Respecting the Earl of Selkirk's Settlement on the Red River in North America," - Sept. 1818

Selkirk to Lady Selkirk - 9 Nov. 1818

Selkirk to Lady Selkirk - 26 Feb. 1819

Selkirk to Earl of Liverpool - 19 Mar. 1819

John Richardson to Edward Ellice - 25 Oct.1821

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Collected Information on Selkirk
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21

Contains a wide assortment of collected research items including excerpts (1816-1817) of Friedrich von Graffenried's Sechs Jahrs in Canada, 1813-1819 (Bern: Haller'sche Buchdruckerei, 1891), various Parliamentary Debates (1807), a portion on the Selkirks in Robert Douglas's The Peerage of Scotland (Edinburgh: Printed by George Ramsay for Archibald Constable, 1813) vol. 2, a copy of Daniel McKenzie's original "Letter to the Rt. Hon. Earl of Selkirk" (1818), a copy of Archibald Macdonald's "Narrative Respecting the Destruction of the Earl of Selkirk's Settlement Upon Red River in the Year 1815" (1816), and an assortment of other materials.

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Literary Manuscripts

Handwritten, original literary manuscript to John Morgan Gray's book, Lord Selkirk of Red River (Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1963); divided below into chapters.

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22 Preliminary
3 The Seventh Son
4 The Years of Success
5 A Most Unfortunate Business
6 Here is at them!
7 A Storm to the Northward
8 Fort William: Receptacle of Plunder
9 Meanwhile in Montreal
10 The Spring Tides
11 Summer at Red River
12 Lord Bathurst's Justice
13 Return to Montreal
14 Justice in Upper Canada
15 The Worn and Damaged Scabbard
16 Epilogue and Notes
Typewritten version of Gray's book before it went to the printer.
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217 Chapters 1-4
18 Chapters 5-8
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31 Chapters 9-11
2 Chapters 12-13
3 Notes and Epilogue
4 Galleys/Final Drafts(from Printer)of each chapter.

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Research Activity
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35 Gray's research correspondence, [ (1958-1962) ]

Correspondence to and from archives and other sources of information.

6 Research notes of the author: scribblers, notebooks, newsclippings, loose sheets
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4 Research Note Cards [ ca 1811-1819, ]

12 envelops

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PC 35 - Photograph Collection
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11

Earl of Selkirk and Susan McGillivray tombstones #1-7

Earl of Selkirk documents/certificates (some 8-13 negatives available)

Earl of Selkirk Homestead (St. Mary's Isle) #14

Historical Plaques #15-17

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