Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CMS/G/AC 18/1
Title'Miscellaneous Foreign Correspondence' mission book 9 April 1820-13 August 1834
Extent1 volume
DescriptionIncludes, pp 92-116, Reverend John West's journal for 27 May 1820-27 May 1821 in which he describes his journey and first year as Chaplain to the Hudson's Bay Company, Red River, Rupert's Land, North West America with many, brief, observations of the people he meets (including his impressions of the first 'Indians' he sees) and the physical environment:
10 June 1820 'Arrived at the Orkney Isles about Eight o'Clock, which present, in general, a wild and dreary scene. No Tree or Shrub is visible, but all is barren, except for portions of cultivated ground, which the eye sometimes catches around some low and miserable looking Huts';
10 November 1820 'Passed the River upon the Ice. Met some Indians painted with Vermillion, with their Children, and bedaubed with Charcoal.'
West's journal entries are missing from the incoming correspondence sequence (CMS/G/AC 15/157/3).
Access StatusOpen