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Charles E. Spring fonds
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Charles E. Spring fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1705
  • Fonds
  • 1888-1937

Fonds consists of records spanning the period 1888-1937 relating to Charles Spring’s claims for financial losses as a result of the renewal of the “Modus Vivendi” banning pelagic sealing in the Bering Sea for the 1892-1893 season, and supporting d...

Spring, Charles E.

Charles Spring claims and supporting documentation

Series contains material relating to claims for financial losses as a result of the “Modus Vivendi” and supporting documentation prepared and compiled by Charles Spring. Material relates to claims submitted to the 1896-1897 Bering Sea Claims Commi...

Schooner "Winifred" ledger

File contains ledger, with index, of accounts related to "Winifred" from 1891 to 1892. Includes payments to persons and businesses from "Winifred" account.

"Favourite" 1892 official log book

Log book contains a list of crew and report of character, draught of water on leaving Victoria harbour, and entries regarding the taking on of a new crew member. Log also notes the warning received from H.M.S. "Daphne" against entering t...

Schooner "Kate" log for 1890-1-2

File contains a log of the number of seal skins taken, crew names, positions, conditions, provisions used, etc. on board "Kate" on sealing trips between March 1890 and July 1892. The log also includes financial transactions against the s...

Drafts and working papers

Series consists of drafts, working papers, and support material relating to Charles Spring’s efforts to recoup financial losses as a result of the “Modus Vivendi.” The series includes drafts of letters and documents; notes; newspaper clippings and...

Letter and document drafts

File contains Spring's drafts of letters and documents and notes regarding attempts to settle his "Modus Vivendi" claims. Documents include drafts of a narrative of the 1892 sealing season; drafts of memorials and petitions to the v...

Petition to Canadian House of Commons

The file contains three copies of a 1914 petition prepared by Spring and brought forth by owners and masters of sealing vessels during the 1892 season. The petition requests an enlargement of the scope of the Pelagic Sealing Commission to include ...

Letter drafts notebook

Notebook contains drafts of Spring's letters primarily regarding attempts to settle his "Modus Vivendi" claims. Notable correspondents include Alan Webster Neill, Member of Parliament for Comox-Alberni; Secretary of the Equitable Li...

Letter and document drafts notebook

Notebook contains drafts of Spring's letters and documents and notes regarding attempts to settle his "Modus Vivendi" claims. Notable correspondents include D'Arcy Britton Plunkett, Member of Parliament for Victoria; King Geor...

Cereno J. Kelley correspondence

File consists primarily of correspondence between Spring and Captain Cereno Jones Kelley that references exchanges of statements, information, and figures relating to claims for vessels "Kate" and "Favourite." The file also inc...

Accounting of 1892 season losses

File contains accountings of losses and damages sustained by Charles Spring, W. Walker, owner of the S.S. "Mischief," and H. Paxton, owner of the schooner "Wanderer."

Schooner "Winifred" documents

File contains documents relating to the schooner "Winifred," also called "Winnifred." Documents include typed copies of the title, statements of the captain and a crew member, and notice of vessel detainment; draft declaration ...

Schooner "Kate" log for 1892

Log by commander A. J. Taylor contains entries on conditions, location, and activities of the crew on "Kate" from March 5, 1892 to August 4, 1892. The June 21 entry notes the arrival of H.M.S. "Daphne." The log also contains a ...

Sealing commission oaths

File contains handwritten copies of the oath sworn by those giving evidence to Pelagic Sealing Commission in English, Nootka, and Chinook Jargon, as well as a note regarding the meaning of the word "Nootka."

Correspondence 1895, 1906-1912

File contains letters related to Spring's requests for the appointment of a commission for the final settlement of Modus Vivendi claims. Notable correspondents include Louis-Philippe Brodeur, Minster of Marine and Fisheries; William Templeman...

Correspondence 1917-1926

File contains sporadic correspondence regarding sealing claims from 1917-1918, 1921-1922, and 1925-1926. Notable correspondents include Wilfrid Laurier; Ward Fisher, Deputy Minister of the Naval Service; the Deputy Minister of Justice; Fred A. McG...

Correspondence 1928

File contains correspondence relating to the prospects for the settlement of sealing claims under the current government and correspondence with R.E. Gosnell of the Legislative Press Gallery, who agreed to lobby for Spring in Ottawa. Notable corre...

Drafts and correspondence

File contains Spring's drafts of letters and documents and notes regarding attempts to settle his "Modus Vivendi" claims, as well as some incoming correspondence. Documents include drafts of memorials and petitions; drafts of letter...

Declaration of John Clark

File contains declaration by John Clark, owner of the schooner "Enterprise," regarding his claim for revenue lost as a result of the sealing prohibition.

Notes pertaining to modus vivendi sealing claims...

Subseries consists of drafts of letters and documents and notes regarding sealing claims, as well as newspaper clippings. Documents include drafts of multiple letters to Gordon M. Grant, barrister and solicitor. Drafts and notes appear to be in ro...

Drafts and clippings

File contains Spring's drafts of letters and documents and notes regarding attempts to settle his "Modus Vivendi" claims. Documents include drafts of letters to Gordon M. Grant, barrister and solicitor, and several newspaper clippings.

C. Spring with the compliments of WA Newcombe

File contains the daily log book for the sloop "Nymphe," of which Spring was master. Log covers a sea lion hunting trip from April 23, 1913 through October 4, 1913. The file also contains the Commissioner of Fisheries Report for 1913 in ...

Cereno J. Kelley and Donald Urquhart documents

The series consists of documents relating to Captain Cereno J. Kelley and Captain Donald Urquhart (later the estate of Donald Urquhart), and their involvement in the sealing industry during the period of the “Modus Vivendi” and later. The series a...

Personal correspondence

File contains a personal letter from Spring to his son-in-law, Leslie A. Smith, who married Spring's daughter, Loretta.

Charles Spring declaration

File contains typed and handwritten draft copies of the declaration of Charles Spring, with index. Supporting exhibits provide an accounting of monetary losses during the 1892-1893 sealing season.

Court papers, police charges, and related documents

Files contains writs of summons, subpoenas, orders, writs of fieri facias, default summonses, etc. against Charles Spring issued between 1892 and 1894 for non-payment of monies owned. The papers originate from the Supreme Court of B.C., Exchequer ...

1888-1898 journal

File contains a journal of expenses and payments related Spring's business with entries from March 12, 1888 to October 20, 1898 (page 217). Entries include expenditures for good and services for vessels, wages, and other expenses. Some entrie...

Correspondence

Series consists of correspondence related to Spring's attempts to reengage the Canadian government on the issue of monetary settlement for losses sustained due to the renewal of the “Modus Vivendi.” The series includes incoming letters from v...

Correspondence 1929-1930

File primarily contains replies to Spring in response to a memorandum synopsis of the "Modus Vivendi" sent to various officials. The file also includes a draft of a memorial addressed to Sidney Webb, Secretary of State for the Dominions,...

Correspondence 1931-1934, 1937

File contains letters regarding Spring's attempts to reengage the government on the issue of the "Modus Vivendi" claims. The file also includes drafts of letters to Richard Bedford Bennett, Prime Minister of Canada, a draft of a 193...

Drafts and supporting material

File contains Spring's drafts of letters and documents and notes regarding attempts to settle his "Modus Vivendi" claims, and such supporting material as newspaper clippings. Documents include drafts of memorials and petitions; draf...

Letter drafts and notes

File contains Spring's drafts of letters and notes primarily regarding attempts to settle his "Modus Vivendi" claims. Documents include multiple drafts of a June 15, 1937 letter to Gordon M. Grant, barrister and solicitor. File als...

Letter and document drafts notebook

Notebook contains drafts of Spring's letters and documents and notes regarding attempts to settle his "Modus Vivendi" claims. Notable correspondents include James Horace King, Minister of Soldiers Civil Re-Establishment; Alan Webste...

Letter and document drafts notebook

Notebook contains drafts of Spring's letters and documents and notes regarding attempts to settle his "Modus Vivendi" claims. Notable correspondents include R.B. Bennett, Prime Minister; D'Arcy Britton Plunkett, Member of Parli...

Donald Urquhart documents

File consists of letters and documents relating to Captain Donald Urquhart. The files includes letters to Captain Owen Thomas of schooner "Venture" from an unknown party regarding restrictions on entering the Bering Sea and referencing C...

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