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“Very Fine” The Diaries of John Smith

Transcribed by Philip A. Jones in October 2006. Microsoft Word document containing transcriptions of all the diaries except the one recounting Smith’s Yukon trip. Embedded in the document are scans of some of the memoranda pages of the diaries, and sketches from the Ambulance lectures in Diary 2.

Diaries series

Series consists of 14 diaries kept by John Smith regarding his emigration from England to Canada, his purchase of a homestead in the Port Coquitlam area, and the daily activities and weather conditions related to farming, community life, and family life. Diary 2 also contains notes and sketches which Smith made at the Ambulance lectures he attended. A transcription of these diaries is also available on CD-ROM. The series also contains a bound copy of the published account of Smith’s trip to the Yukon in 1898, published by Walter N. Sage in the British Columbia Historical Quarterly in 1952.

Diary 2

  • RBSC-ARC-1510-1-02
  • Item
  • March 1, 1898—January 10, 1899
  • Part of John Smith fonds

During the time that Smith was in the Yukon, his wife Frances Rose took over the diary recording.

Handwritten note.

This appointment as a Stipendiary Magistrate was rescinded, and his Commission cancelled.

John Smith fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1510
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1892-1949, 1952

The fonds contains 14 of John Smiths diaries, starting on July 14th, 1892, and running until December 19th, 1949. (There are no diaries for the periods between March 1, 1901 to May 31, 1903 or February 24, 1912 to December 31 1922.) The first diary records his emigration to Canada and purchase of his homestead. The rest record daily activities and weather conditions relating to operation of his farm, the community, and family life.;A separate diary was kept by Smith when he traveled to the Yukon from March 15 to August 31, 1898. This diary was transcribed by his daughter Olga in the late 1940s. In 1952 this diary was published in the British Columbia Historical Quarterly, with an introduction and annotations by Walter N. Sage. The diary was thought to have been donated to the provincial archives, although no record of the donation exists. A copy of the published article by Sage is included in the fonds. During Smiths absence, his wife Rose maintained the diary recording the daily events of their homestead. The fonds also contains four letters patent appointing Smith to public office, and one letters patent rescinding one of these appointments.

Smith, John

Letters Patent series

Series consists of 5 letters patent: 4 appointing Smith to public office, and one rescinding one of these appointments.