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Recollections of a Chief Trader in the Hudson’s Bay Company:
Mckay, Joseph William
Hudson's Bay Company.Hudson's Bay Company.--Indians of North America -- Northwest, Pacific.--Port Simpson (B.C.)
McKay came from Canada to Fort Vancouver in the Hudson's Bay Company service in 1844. Describes disturbed conditions in the old Oregon country, in consequence of the American influx; duties in 1845-1846 escorting British officers; visit to San Francisco and Hawaii in 1846 on Company business; Frémont's activities; experiences in charge of Fort Simpson, 1846-1849; relations with the Russian American Company and Indians of the Northwest Coast; duties on Vancouver Island, 1850; discovery of gold on Queen Charlotte Island, 1851, and of coal at Bellingham Bay, 1853; life at Fort Simpson during the Crimean War. Includes typed transcript. McKay, Joseph William. Recol[l]ections of a Chief trader in the Hudson's Bay Company, BANC MSS P-C 24, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.