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This webpage reproduces a section of
Mackenzie of Canada
Mark S. Wade

published by
William Blackwood & Sons Ltd.
Edinburgh and London 1927

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 p298  Note B

In a letter, quoted at greater length elsewhere,​a written by Judge Isaac Ogden of Quebec to his father, David Ogden, then in London, under date November 7th, 1789, occurs this paragraph: —

"Another man by the name of M'Kenzie was left by Pond at Slave Lake with orders to go down the River, and from thence to Unalaska, and so to Kamskatsha,º and thence to England through Russia, &c. If he meets with no accident you may have him with you next year."

This statement is without other foundation than the word of Peter Pond, one of his ingenious but unreliable inventions. So far from being ordered to make such a journey, the evidence all points the other way, and that his colleagues regarded his explorations as so much time wasted. — M. S. W.

Thayer's Note:

a According to a note titled "A Peter Pond Map" in Minnesota History (the journal of the Minnesota Historical Society), XIV.81‑84 (1933), the letter was published in the Gentleman's Magazine for March, 1790 under the title "Extract of a Letter from ––––– of Quebec, to a Friend in London," a printed version of the original in the Colonial series of the Public Record Office in London. Also, a separate reprint of the letter, made directly from a transcript in the Canadian Archives, is to be found in the latter's Report for 1889.

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