Donald Mackay's Brandon House Journal from July 1793 to June 1794 here

Robert Goodwin on the way to Brandon House
Sept. 17 1794
" set of very early went about 6 Miles & saw Canadian Canoes & Ind. Canoes much Surprized found it was one Neal McKay Clerk for Mr. Cuthbert Grants Co. They had been 5 days here and building a house etc."
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Brandon House Journal Robert Goodwin
Oct. 22 1794
" In the afternoon John Richards with Indians came in, he intends to stay now and mend his behaviour he lays all the blame on Donald McKay as he threatened to run him thro the first opportunity they fell out when they was both drunk"...
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Brandon House Robert Goodwin
Nov. 4 1794
" Mr Wm. McKay paid me a visit & drank tea he arrived from above & is going to take charge at the Portage in lieu of Mr Neal McKay who has behaved amifs and not obey'd his orders"
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Brandon House Journal Robert Goodwin
Nov. 29 1794
..." At noon Richards John came home brot not a single Skin of my Debt got drunk with the Ind. at their Tents and helped to kill a poor harmlefs woman he says he stabbed her on the back but her husband had cut her throat before. god only knows what the Consequence may be for its Impofsible for her to Survive long, a hard thing, he cannot be even be trusted to go to any place where Liquor is and he is the only person that understand the Language"...
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Brandon House Journal Robert Goodwin
Dec. 8 1794
..." towards Evening an Indian (brother to the Woman stabbed) came in for Men to go to his Lodge for my Debt & to haul his Sister who died last night of the Wounds she received, he begged hard for some Brandy to go to the other Ind. and drink with them gave him 2 Gn."
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Brandon House Journal Robert Goodwin
Jan. 4 1795
..." most of the Natives are gone to Mountain la Bofs this winter being nearer to their hunting ground and poorly used here last year. they say they get a 3 foot Gun for 18? Beaver and a large Keg of Liquor for 10 B. We are four houses here and very little made at any of them as yet. this Mountain le bofs is a new station to prevent Indians from coming down this way. If I had a man that I could put trust in I would have goods there also,"..." there is now upwards of 20 Houses in this river only"
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Brandon House Robert Goodwin
Jan. 12 1795
" Robert Eunson & James Johnstone making Kegs Magnus Cleet and John Scarth making Captains Coats, John Richards and James Slater hunting, Magnus Flaws and James Moore cooks James Brown attending on Self, David Spence, David Brown James Work & John Merryman cutting firewood"...
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Brandon House Robert Goodwin
May 9 1795
" at noon Mr. John Richards, James Slater James Brown with Capt. Nishwaswecappo came in the House brot all their things 60 MB in furrs 30 B in flesh dried beside 40 Tails & a little shoe Leather, at Night Ind. drunk having cloathed him, James Work taking care of Meat in a large Lodge made of two Tentings unfortunately took fire and burnt the whole to Atoms."...
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Brandon House Journal Robert Goodwin on the way to Osnaburgh
May 20 1795
" Left the burnt carrying place the Canadian Traders behaved to me very politely and were I winter'd we lived on very good terms which was not the case the year before for Mr. Donald McKay fired his Gun at Mr. Augee as he pafsed his House in a Canoe the Ball lighted very near him, we visit one another at times."...
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Brandon House Journal
Robert Goodwin Somewhere between Brandon House and Osnaburgh House.
June 19 1795
" fine day slept above the Indian stone traded a little dry fish from Puckatwawaggon's Son"...
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Brandon House Journal James Sutherland
May 25 1796
..." The Afsinipoles stole our Watch dog this evening before they set off"
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A Journey by James Sutherland from Osnaburgh House to Brandon House from Aug. 1 to Sept. 13 1796 here

Brandon House Journal Thomas Miller
Sept. 6 1796
..."a great many Indians arrived this day, I have lost above 60 Beaver for want of goods this day, we are only a sport to the Indians and shamefull to the Service that our Crafts is not as soon here as the Canadians"..." they are enough to put one mad with their tants and jeers"...
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Brandon House Journal
Sept. 23 1796
..." nothing can be done here I see without a Cooper as no Indian will take his Brandy without being in a Keg which he never returns for those with wooden hoops they make pitchers of carrying them for many miles through the plains where water is so scarce and those with Iron hoops they destroy for the hoops for arrowheads."...
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Brandon House Journal James Sutherland
Sept. 26 1796
" Mr. John Sutherland set off this morning for his Post up the River with 2 Boats and the following men (Viz.) Ja's Brown, Rob Gun (steerer) David Brown, Rob Robison, Louis Jolleycouer, Ja's Sinclair, Jn Merriman, Hugh Linklater, Wm Loutit, Mag. Johnson and Alex Tours? gave them 1000 lbs Pometigan & 600 lbs of piece meat for their Provisions as they will be 30 days on their Journey if not more"...
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Brandon House Journal
Sunday Nov. 27 1796
..." It is actualy impofsible to keep this day Holy in this Country for scarce an hour night or day but Indians is expected and coming in"
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Brandon House
July 14 1797
"the Old Wolverine and Family"
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Brandon House Journal
Aug. 18 1797
" 9 Tents of Indians came in, all of them in a manner starving. this war they have all been at, I imagin, is the reason; for the like was never known in this Country, at this season of the year. they asked me for victuals, I gave them a bag of Beat meat and Fat that our Dogs refused to eat, they however made no complaint. in the evening they danced the war Dance at both Houses, My Neighbour give them a gun, Powder and Vermillion, with 3 Fathoms of Tobacco. I give them a bag of beat meat & Fat, having nothing nothing else to give which was very acceptable."
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Brandon House Journal
Dec. 1815
written in the margin
"Men at Brandon House"
Peter Fidler
Ja Inkster Cooper
Tho Fidler Writer
Tho Favel Interpreter
Jn Lyons Hunter
Rb Clouston Smith
James Anderson Taylor
Ja Moore
Harry Gear
Jn Flett
Rd Cunningham
Angus McIvan
Jn Kipling jun.
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Brandon House Journal Peter Fidler
July 30 1817
" Magnus Spence & son came here from Brandon House 10 Days ago where all our 3 other Freemen are remaining. he says that 3 Bungees lately stole 3 Horses from the Forks and pafsed Brandon House slyly & when they came near Moose head hill 6 miles from this the oldest Indian said that as he had never been on the top of this hill he would now so all went & when they came very near the top up rose suddenly several Indians supposed Mandan fired off their Guns & killed 2 of the 3 Bungees on the spot the other made his escape wounded on horseback 2 arrows in him one near thro his body & galloped to the House when the French pulled out the arrow but the Iron ? remained behind. the blood had softened the Sinnew it was fixed the Shaft & remained - he is now in a lingering state."...
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Brandon House Journal Peter Fidler
Aug. 12 1817
" our Freemen Lyons 2 Favils & Mag Spense pitched their Tents within our Stockades & gave each 2 feet Tobacco & a Dram each & 1 qt Spirits amongst them. They are also pleased at our return"...
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Brandon House Peter Fidler
Aug. 22 1817
" got away at 5 AM & put up at the Stinking Water at Sunset. Altho I am alone with 7 such? people? They behave very civilly and kindly to me fetching my Horse & saddling him - and cooking and pitching my Tent. [Cuthbert]Grant [Bonhomme?]Montour & self sleep in my Tent. Grant & I under the same Blanket. after we put up he tells me many things about the Conduct of the NWC and he seems to think that he will be able to clear himself Entirely - I told him if he spoke the whole Truth very probably he might get off"...
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Brandon House Peter Fidler
Aug. 29 1817
" our Freemen John Lyons, Humprey Favel, Thomas Favel & Magnus Spense came here with 6 Carts from Brandon and brought down the Provisions for our people"...
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Brandon House Peter Fidler
Oct. 7 1817
" John Flett a Freeman came here, engaged him to make Carts for us during the winter as he means to Settle along with Magnus Spense, John Spense and Peter Corrigal next spring. he has his wife & Child with him also his wifes Sister both from Scotland"
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Brandon house Journal Peter Fidler
Oct. 29 1817
..." John Spense came here from Beaver Creek. I had engaged until Mr McDonald? & more men arrived there, paid him for his Months Services there & he & father & Corrigal moved away to hunt Buffalo for themselves. They are all free - Jn Spense wishes to get his father completely established as a farmer and to return to this service again. he is a very steady young man."...
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Brandon house Journal Peter Fidler
Nov. 2 1817
" Magnus Spence came here for us to fetch 3 Buffalo from his Tent he has killed for us."
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Brandon house Journal Peter Fidler
Nov. 7 1817
..." Bonhomme Montour took away the Wife belonging to the late Mr. Longmoors son - Magnus Spenses Daughter one of our freemen - but I understand with his consent"
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Nov. 8 1817
..." Longmoors son went away for his Country at the Saskatchewan area? and debauched away the Wife of our Canadian Smith - he has two Horses of his own"...
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Brandon House Peter Fidler
Dec. 4 1817
..." Spoke to John Flett yesterday as I find he uses a whole joint of an Buffalo daily - which is Double of his Allowance"...
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Brandon House Peter Fidler
Jan. 26 1818
" Jack Spense had killed 18 Cows in the same time our previously engaged hunter only killed 7"...

Jan. 27 1818
" our Hunter & Jack Spense came here & left off for the present Peltiers son ashamed that Jack Spense should kill 21 in the same time he only killed 7"...
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Brandon House Peter Fidler
Feb.1 1818
..." Some of the Freemen & all of the Indians near Pembina firmly believe that a Bull Buffalo held a long verbal conversation with a Sateaux this winter which they say augers no good following"...
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Brandon House Peter Fidler
Feb. 17 1818
" Flett repairing a Cart for Magnus spense & also brot home one cow for himself killed by Jack Spense yesterday"...
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Brandon House Peter Fidler
Feb. 18 1818
" Got home the last of the 10 Cows lately killed by J Spense. Told old Peltier to kill no more for us as we shall have enough whilst it will keep good tho it will be well buried in a deep cellar mixed & surrounded with Large blocks of Ice & Snow"...
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Brandon House Peter Fidler
Feb. 26 1818
" John Flett & his family moved to Magnus Spense & our Freemen tents about 2 miles off. the whole of them will pitch away as soon as Jack Spense returns from the Forks. he is to examine the river for a good situation as they have now given up the idea they first had of settling at Portage des Prarie as being to distant from the Colony"...
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Brandon House Peter Fidler
March 1 1818
" Jack Spense & party returned here yesterday from the Forks. only 2 1/2 Days coming up tho above 130 miles - he has fixed on the white Horse Plain a bout 18 miles above the Forks for his party to settle at and they will in a very few Days all move down there."
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Brandon House Peter Fidler
March 7 1818
..." Magnus Spense and party pitched away for the white Horse Plain to settle"...
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Brandon House Peter Fidler
May 20 1818
..." about 1 AM some Stone Indians set fire to the French stockades on purpose to thieve their Horses confined there in the night. but luckily one of the Men wither? went out soon after & discovered it when 4 Pickets was burnt and got it put out. they now keep watch at night & we do the same two men in each of the two Bastions."...
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Brandon House Journal Peter Fidler
June 7 1818
" Sunday at 5 PM reach Birsay where Magnus Spence & several others have settled at this spring. - it is a very good situation on the N ? the river. They have got about 4 Bushels of wheat, half as much Barley & some potatos in the Ground & are now hawling wood to make their dwelling Houses. they mean to build 5 Houses for as many families within a picket enclosure to keep their horses from being stolen as the Bungees are much adicted to Horse stealing in the Summer time."...
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Brandon house Peter Fidler
Sept. 3 1818
" Went round the greater part of the Colony"..." the Freemen have well supplied all of the People but their price is high 12 lbs of any kind of Dry provisions valued at one Dollar"
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Dec 25, 1818
" Gave the men 12 lbs Fat and 10 tongues and one pint of rum each"
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Brandon House Peter Fidler
Jan. 24 1819
" Yorstons Guide the french chief & several Indians came in - but have little with them - he is quite dis satisfied with the NW as they only gave him a 2 Gallon Keg rum when he fully expected a big Keg."...
..." salted 450 Tongues in the Big Cask"...
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Brandon House Peter Fidler
Feb. 3 1819
..." at night a severe quarrel between the Cree Indian & one of the Freemen - the freeman was much cut with a hatchet & the Cree left for Dead by frequently jumping on him"...

Feb. 4
" The Indian this morning appears as if nothing had happened to him - The Freeman will soon be well"...
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Brandon House Peter Fidler
Mar. 19 1819
" 3 Canadians came from the Forks & M. Provencher the high priest accompanied them up. he sleeps at the Canadian House but to get all his victuals here - he soon came over after his arrival & got Dinner - but as this is Lent we luckily had 4 Jackfish in the House - we shall accomodate him in the best manner the place can furnish him"...
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Brandon House Peter Fidler
Mar. 21 1819
" Mafs said at the French House. some of us attended, all the freemen nearly with their wives and Children: 25 Children baptised and he said prayers twice afterward. so this was a busy day with him there were upwards of 140 present of all ages & sexes"...
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Brandon House Peter Fidler
Apr. 13 1819
" Charles Fidler instead of going down to the Forks with 2 Horses"..." went away to the Indian Tents & James Inksters woman left her Husband & followed him"...

Apr. 18 1819
" Henderson went yesterday to the Indian Tents to bring home James Inksters woman who lately ran away. she says she will never return to him again - tho he has always been very kind to her"

Apr. 27 1819
" Yesterday in the afternoon The Laughing Man & the Tobacco came here & brought back James Inksters woman to him. he gave them for their trouble 1/2 a 10 Gallon Keg of Indian rum besides other things - Charles remains at the Indian Tents they came from this Day"...
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Brandon House Journal Peter Fidler
May 6 1819
..." a Freeman lately died at Pembina - he has been badly most of the winter getting much strained in wrestling with a Bear of last spring - before he killed it as he had no weapon nor even a Knife with him"...
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A list of Medicines from the Brandon House Accounts 1823

Allum
Blue Vitriol
Brimstone Roll
Camphor
Cloves
Copperas
Harts Horn
Ipecucaanha
Laudanum
Lavender of Spirits
Magnesia Calsined
Nutmegs
Oil Castor
Ointment basilican
Peppermint
Plaister Adhesive
Plaister Blistering
Plaister Strengthening
Purges
Rhubarb
Salt Petre
Salts Epsom
Salts glauber
Salts Sulphur
Squills of Oxymel
Turlingtons Balsam
Vomits
Spirits Sal. Vol.
Wax Bees



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