A.G. Chisholm fonds. 1892-1948.
44.5 cm of textual records and graphic material.
Correspondence. 1909-1945. 12.5 cm of textual records
and graphic material. Title based on content of series.
Correspondence was in disarray; it has been arranged in chronological
order by the archivist. The series consists of letters to and from Chisholm
with exceptions noted. Letters take various forms: handwritten, typed,
typed copies, and handwritten copies.
Note re correspondence: In a letter dated 28 February 1936 Chisholm
writes that when he was moving his office he believes that files were
sent to the incinerator in error. Thus the gap in the correspondence
reflected below. Titles of correspondents appear at first mention.
F.1 Typed copy of letter from F.L. Newcombe, Deputy Minister of
Justice, 5 February 1909; recipient is unclear, possibly the Deputy
Superintendent of Indian Affairs.
F.2 1916-1917: Asa R. Hill, Secretary of Six Nations Council;
encl. news clipping re electric power on the Grand River.
F.3 1916-1917: Letters from Chisholm soliciting information on
documentary evidence; there are replies, some of them handwritten. Correspondents
include: Auditor General of Canada; R. Bodreau, Clerk of the Privy Council;
Clerk of the House of Commons; Arthur G. Doughty, Public Archives of
Canada; Lieut. Col. A. Hamlyn Todd, Library of Parliament; Department
of External Affairs; Department of Finance all in Ottawa; Alexander
Fraser, Archives of Ontario.
F.4 1920: Department of Indian Affairs, Office of the Deputy Superintendent
General; reply, 31 August.
F.5 1924: Department of Indian Affairs, Office of the Deputy Superintendent
General; correspondence, concerning maps; includes published map of
St. Clair river; blueprint copy of map of Walpole Island, 1896; Essex,
Kent and Lambton and portions of Elgin, Middlesex and Huron counties
map issued by Department of the Interior, 1916 map has been annotated
F.6 1932: Letters concern the payment of Chisholm. See also statements
in Box 3, F.13-16.
F.7 1933-1935: First letter in the file is from the Six Nations
Council stating that they are considering the opening of the Grand
River Navigation question. File contains authorization for
Chisholm to proceed, dated 1 February 1934. This file and the remainder
of the files concern the legal proceedings that followed; they also
contain continuing disputes about Chisholms payment. Correspondents,
in addition to Six Nations, include R.V. Sinclair who acted as Chisholms
F.8 1936: Correspondents include William Smith, Chief Councillor,
Six Nations and other councillors including Samuel R. Lickers; R.V.
Sinclair; Public Archives of Canada; Postmaster General of Canada; F.C.
Betts, M.P. and others. There is also a news clipping, 26 February 
re the claim.
F.9 1937: Correspondents include William Smith; F.C. Betts; Samuel
R. Lickers; Postmaster General
F.10 1938: Correspondents include Postmaster General; Ministry of
Mines and Resources; William Smith; Prime Minister MacKenzie King (replies
are from Kings private secretary); W.F. Powless, Secretary, Six
Nations; Arthur G. Slaght , M.P., Barrister, Slaght, Ferguson &
F.11 1939: Correspondents include Samuel R. Lickers; William Smith;
Leader of the Opposition, House of Commons; R.V. Sinclair; Department
of Mines and Resources; Globe and Mail, W.F. Powless; Public
Archives of Canada; Major E.P. Randle, Indian Superintendant. Some letters
are to Chisholms son, W.G.H. Chisholm. A.G. Chisholms letter
to the editor the Globe and Mail resulted in the paper doing
a story, Six Nations Indians Part Owners of Canal, But Nobody
Knows Why, 22 March 1939. The news clipping contains several photographs.
F.12 N.d. but probably 1936-1939: Two letters from William Smith,
also letter fragments that could not be matched to the body of letters.
F.13 1940: Correspondents include Deputy Provincial Registrar and
Assistant Provincial Secretary (Ontario); W.F. Powless; E.R. Garlow,
Chief Councillor, Six Nations; Major E.P. Randle; Department of Mines
and Resources; Globe and Mail; Sol. J. Brant, The Ancient Six
Nations Council of the Bay of Quinte, Ont.; also news clippings.
F.14 1941: Correspondents include: W.F. Powless; Major E.P Randle;
William Smith; Frank Miller, Chief Councillor, Six Nations; G. Lanctot,
Public Archives of Canada; Auguste Lemieux who replaced Sinclair as Chisholms
Ottawa agent; R.V. Sinclair; Samuel R. Lickers. One letter is addressed
to Chisholms daughter, Constance. The file also contains notes with
regard to the petition filed (see Box 2).
F.15 Jan.-April 1942: Correspondents include: Auguste Lemieux; Samuel
R. Lickers; F.P. Varcoe, Deputy Minister of Justice.
F.16 May-Aug. 1942: Correspondents include: Auguste Lemieux; F.P.
Varcoe; Miss McVicar, Librarian, Middlesex Law Association.
F.17 Sept.-Dec. 1942: Correspondents include: Auguste Lemieux and
F.18 Jan.-March 1943: Correspondents include: Auguste Lemieux; E.H.
Coleman, Under Secretary of State; Constance Chisholm (who informed Lemieux
of her fathers death in January 1943); W.F. Powless encl. extracts
from Council minutes expressing their sorrow on Chisholms death,
also a signed minute from the Council; E.P. Randle; obituary news clipping.
Also a notice that Lemeiux has replaced Chisholm as the Six Nations
solicitor, 24 February 1943.
F.19 Other: envelope addressed to Constance Chisholm pmk. 1944; a
wedding notice (Hawkins-McGinn in London, 1945)
Legal and other documents; printed materials. 1892-1948.
32 cm of textual records and graphic material. Title based
on content of series. This series contains copies of documents
beginning in 1763.
F.1 Statement of Facts, 19 January 1908, ts. carbon, pages A-CC
followed by supporting material, pages 1-307. It is signed by the Superintendant
and all members of the Six Nations Council. The supporting material
is not original it covers 1827-1850. The statement contains a
request asking that the Government of Canada determine a method of dealing
with their claims re the Grand River Navigation company and that they
be allowed counsel to represent them.
F.2 Memorandum, 7 November 1908, re Grand River Navigation matter;
ts. carbon, 1 page with supporting documentation (copies) bound, and
with handwritten notes on the cover of an interview with the Minister
which took place on 14 January 1909.
F.3 Statement of Grounds on Which It Is Contended Canada
Is Responsible to the Six Nations; 22 March 1909, ts. carbon,
F.4 Memorandum sent to Hon. F. Oliver, Superintendant of Indian
Affairs, 3 November 1910; signed by A.G. Chlsholm re the Grand River Navigation
F.5 The King v The New England Company, n.d. but 1907 or later,
ts. carbon, 51 pp. A document establishing the beneficial title of the
Six Nations Indians in their Lands on the Grand River, Ontario. It puts
forth a Chain of Title using typed extracts from documents beginning
in 1763. Some of the documents have been copied from Canadian
Archives, Documents relating to the Constitutional History of Canada,
1759-1791, published in Ottawa in 1907.
F.6 Petition, Statement of Facts, etc. submitted to the Governor-General
in Council, 12 March 1920. Ts. carbon, 180 pp., followed by a summary,
3 pp. Signed by A.G. Chisholm. This petition asks for Independent Protectorate
F.7 Petition of Right filed in the Exchequer Court of Canada, October
1939. Ms. draft, 22 pages; 2 ts. carbons, 16 pages each. Petition concludes
with a request for payment of $1,604,195.80. Signed by Chisholm.
F.8 Petition of Right filed in the Exchequer Court of Canada,
1940. Various ts. and ts. carbon drafts, none of the versions are complete.
Petition concludes with a request for payment of $1,510, 474. Signed
F.9 Petition of Right filed in the Exchequer Court of Canada,
1942. Two ts. carbons, each 27 pages in length. One is signed for Chisholm
(not his hand). Petition concludes with a request for payment of $1,289,
F.10 Notice of Withdrawal of Petition of Right filed in the Exchequer
Court of Canada, 11 September 1942. Signed by Chisholm. Indicates that
the Petition being withdrawn was dated 20 September 1941 and that a
new petition will be filed.
F.11 Draft in Chisholms hand of document beginning, The
Six Nations of the Grand River desire to draw the attention of the Government
; ms., 8 pp., n.d.
F.12 Manuscript notes in Chisholms hand, 7 pp., n.d.
F.13 Supreme Court of Canada: Two appeal decisions, both on appeal
from the Exchequer Court of Canada. Appeal between Frank Miller, Chief
Councillor of the Six Nations and the King, 21 May 1948. Appeal between
Constance Chisholm, executrix for Andrew Gordon Chisholm and the King,
21 May 1948. Both judgments in the negative.
F.14 Probate of Will of Andrew Gordon Chisholm, 16 Feb. 1943. File
also contains a draft in manuscript form, 24 March 1936, addressed To
all my dear ones.
F.15 Minutes and Council Orders, Six Nations, 3 October 1935, 7
November 193[?], 2 May 1940, 3 July 1941. Typescripts and typescript
carbons, some signed by councillors.
In a letter (Box 1, F.8) of 28 February 1936 to R.V. Sinclair, Chisholm
notes that he is sending by express a large bundle of papers
in connection with his account [for payment]. He notes that he has numbered
each page and the bill will use the numbers. This perhaps explains
the numbering of these documents; on the other hand it may not be connected
to them at all. The documents are both handwritten by Chisholm and typed.
They are similar in type to those attached to the legal documents in
F.1 Documents 1-12
F.2 Documents 58-190
F.3 Documents 204-213, 221-6
F.4 Documents 228-234
F.5 Documents 244-247
F.6 Documents 249-273
F.7 Documents 274-402
F.8 Documents 403-537
F.9 Documents 539-609
F.10 Document 610. This is a bound document titled Indian
Copies of Extracts of recent correspondence
respecting Alterations in the Organization of the Indian Department
ordered by the House of Commons to be printed, 2 June
1856, pp. 1-67; Copies or Extracts of Correspondence between the Secretary
of State for the Colonies and the Governor General of Canada respecting
Alterations in the Organization of the Indian Department of Canada
Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed, 25 August 1860, pp. 1-65.
Between pages 44 and 45 there is a map of lands between Lake Huron and
F.11 Document 612: An Act to incorporate a Joint Stock Company to
improve the Navigation of the Grand River, passed 28 January 1832. Typed
F.12 Documents similar to above but without numbers.
Statements prepared by Chisholm outlining work done and requesting payment.
F.13 17 October 1910 describes work done beginning 30 April
F.14 2 November 1931 describes work done beginning July 1930
F.15 29 February 1936 describes work done beginning 1916;
F.16 1942 describes work done beginning 1915; these are handwritten
F.17 Census Bulletin, Indians, Six Nations of New York; printed,
bound, published in Washington D.C. in 1892.
F.18 Newsclippings: Includes Indians Get Property Back; Long
Dispute with New England Company Ends; Deeds are Received; London Lawyer
Represented Indian Department, 28 June . The article notes
that the properties under dispute had been occupied by Anglican churches.
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