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Aborigines Protection Society fonds
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- Aborigines Protection Society
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3 cm of textual records
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The Aborigines Protection Society of England was formed in 1837. Its purpose was stated as being "to assist in protecting the defenceless, and promoting the advancement of uncivilized tribes". It ran in parallel with the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society with which it had overlapping membership. F.W. Chesson was the society's secretary from 1866 to 1888. Among other activities, APS lobbied the British government on behalf of native people in the British colonies, to prevent wholesale expropriation of their lands.
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The fonds consists of petition and letter to F.W. Chesson protesting the sale of land by the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) in Manitoba (1860); letters to Chesson [photocopied 1964] about grievances of the Metlakahtla in British Columbia (1869-1886), and Canadian government relations with Manitoba Indians (1885-1887). Includes letters [photocopied 1964] from Canadians about the slave trade (1892, 1905).
Records related to the following subjects are also in this fonds: Dr. G.F. Bodington, Bishop Edward Cridge, Rev. William Duncan, Great Whale River, Canon Grisdale, H.A. Kennedy, David Leask, Bishop Robert Machray, Archdeacon John McLean, G.S. McTavish, C. Hubert Pemberton, Dr. John Shultz, Arthur Swindell, and John Taylor.
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The petition and letter were purchased, 1964, 1966.
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The originals of the photocopied letters are in the Anti-Slavery Society archives in Rhodes House Library, Oxford University, England.
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Call numbers M-2122, M-2447
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- Aborigines Protection Society (Subject)
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