By Donna McDonald
Lord Strathcona: A Biography of Donald Alexander Smith chronicles the lifetime of the guy who drove the final spike for the Canadian Pacific Railway. the 1st biography of Smith given that 1915, Lord Strathcona used to be compiled with files from England, Scotland, the U.S. and Canada and brings new info to mild approximately Smith, who joined the Hudson’s Bay corporation whilst he used to be simply 18.
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John. As well, the company occupied, without clear title, the Seigneury of Mingan in a sheltered bay at the mouth of the Mingan River. The company thus had a sweep of coastal stations from Rigolet at the entrance to Hamilton Inlet to Tadoussac, half way up the St. Lawrence. The second, larger, acquisition gave the company all of British Columbia, including Vancouver Island, and the northern part of Washington State. This had been worked primarily by the North West Company, a partnership of fur traders who had been based in Montreal and who had developed a transportation network through the Great Lakes and the river systems of the interior.
They stalk in the tracks of a solitary caribou and in the excitement forget their own hunger, but this does not make their families forget theirs. The caribou eludes them. They wander farther afield and at length bring down a bear. 16 For Margaret and her parents, tales such as this must have made Donald seem very far away indeed. Their news to him, when the first mail arrived in 1839, was 37 LORD STRATHCONA about the details of their lives in Forres and the progress of John's medical career. In fact, thanks to John Stuart, he had received a loan from George Simpson to tide him over till Sir James M'Grigor secured him his position in the Army Medical Department.
Donald Smith did see the accounts of the King's Posts and worked on them, but he received no training whatsoever. Nor is there any reason to believe that McPherson was capable of training him. For all he was genial, well educated and sympathetic, he was not versed in the competitive ways of the St. Lawrence River posts and financial management had never been his strong suit. 19 Though he had received no training, Donald was still considered sufficiently responsible to be posted as clerk in charge at Chicoutimi, about seventy miles up the Saguenay River from Tadoussac.