The Frontier World of Edgar Dewdney by Brian Titley

By Brian Titley

A serious biography of Edgar Dewdney and his participation within the judgements and occasions that reworked western Canada within the latter half the nineteenth century. the writer argues that Dewdney considered public place of work now not as an result in itself, yet as a method to private wealth.

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5 This sprawling constituency with a few dozen voters took in the southeastern part of the colony. Dewdney was well known to the settlers on account of building the trail to Wild Horse Creek through the district some years previously. He claimed that the voters nominated and returned him without his knowledge while he was busy at his Soda Creek property. It was a plausible claim because communication was poor and the rules governing the electoral process were far from precise. The council session lasted from  December  to  March , and the desirability of joining Confederation was the major issue at hand.

Big Bear explained that he had not signed Treaty  because he found the terms insufficient and wanted to see how it would work out for the others. Dewdney had better luck with Little Pine, who accepted the treaty on behalf of his  followers. And when Lucky Man and Thunder Child brought  of Big Bear’s people into the treaty, Dewdney felt he was undermining the stubborn Cree chief. Even so, he respected his adversary: “I have not formed such a poor opinion of ‘Big Bear,’ as some appear to have done.

31 While the political wives were developing bonds of intimacy, their husbands were similarly engaged. Dewdney met the prime minister shortly before the House met and fell under the old chieftain’s spell. Here’s how he described their encounter:  The Frontier World of Edgar Dewdney He received me in a very kindly manner in his office, and at once questioned me about British Columbian affairs. Knowing that I was a perfect stranger he offered to do anything he could towards giving me information.

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