Tuesday, November 15, 2005

November 16, 1833

Fur trader Robert Campbell wrote a letter to his brother from Fort William:

You have never built a fort? Then pray Heaven you never may; for of all the trouble and annoyance I have ever experienced, that gives the most. A few days more will enable me to complete the outside of our accommodations, with the exception of an ice house and provision store... The trade has scarcely commenced; but we, and our rivals, are electioneering hard for it; -- a business that would puzzle one of your most noisy politicians. Intrigue, bribery and corruption are the order of the day. The Indians feel their importance and maintain it...

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