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Daily life and challenges for the various groups involved in the fur trade.

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Author: Emma Caffin Jeffrey
Publisher: Unpublished
Location: HBCA - Archives of Manitoba, E.381/1
Copyright Holder: Expired; no restrictions on use.
  -28- Emma Caffin Jeffrey: Berry Picking

At the time she kept this diary, Emma Caffin Jeffrey was serving as a lady's maid and companion to Catherine McTavish, the new wife of Chief Factor John George McTavish. This entry is from August of 1833: again she and Mrs. MacTavish are on an excursion.

"Wednesday 7th Wind SW Thermometer 31 64. fine morning. After breakfast Mrs. McTavish proposed going to the swamp behind the Factory berry picking. We were not long gone before a heavy shower came on which wet us through. This was followed by many more. Mrs. McTavish began to find the ill effects of wet clothes and feel so suddenly ill that it was with difficulty she could walk home with my assistance... I am happy to say she recovered after an hour."

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