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Accession Number: 74-010


Peter Russell copy book of correspondence. -- Microfilmed [between 1971 and 1972]. -- 1 microfilm reel.

Biography / History

Peter Russell (1733-1808), president and administrator of Upper Canada (1796-1799) was born at Cork, Ireland, in 1733, the son Captain Richard Russell, 14th Foot. He entered the army at an early age, but in 1722 sold his commission and came to America as one of the secretaries of Sir Henry Clinton. At the close of the American Revolution, he returned to England; and in 1791, came out to Canada with Sir John Graves Simcoe, as inspector-general of Upper Canada. In 1792, he was appointed a member of the Executive and Legislative Councils of the province; and from 1796 to 1799 he was the administrator of the government, with the title of president. He died at York, on Sepember 30, 1801; and his property was willed to his sister, Elizabeth Russell, who left it to William Warren Baldwin. (Taken from "The Macmillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography", fourth edition. 1978)

Custodial History

The microfilm was created by the Archives of Ontario and it was purchased by Trent University.

Scope and Content

The item is a microfilm of a copy book of correspondence from and to Peter Russell, president administering the government of Upper Canada during the period November 1796 to March 1798. The correspondents include Captain William Claus, Superintendant of Indians and Indian Affairs, and Captain Joseph Brant. Included are copies of speeches made by Russell to "Brothers, Chiefs and Warriors of the Six Nations" concerning their land grants on the Grand River, as well as speeches to "Brothers, Chiefs and Warriors of the Chippewa Nation".


Title based on the creator of the item.

The microfilm was purchased from the Archives of Ontario.

Originals located at the Archives of Ontario.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y- available in hard copy only in reading room

Associated material at the Archives of Ontario and the National Archives of Canada (RG 10).

For related records see: 74-1002.

Microfilm Set 5.