Research and Archives

Alexander McMartin correspondence

1796-1880 | Multiple | Download original version » (.pdf 835 KB)

Correspondence containing information relating to Alexander McMartin’s business dealing with the Rideau Canal. The series includes statements of completed works and correspondence related to the Rideau Canal project.

Archives of Ontario, F 526, Series B8 – E6. Alexander McMartin Fonds. Records relating to McMartin's business with the Rideau Canal [1796-1880].

Baird Family correspondence

1813-1917 | Multiple

Correspondence including records associated with various engineering projects executed by Nichol Baird, as well as some personal and family materials. Series A-2 specifically relates to the Rideau Canal and Ottawa River and contains accounts, reports, contracts, estimates, etc.

Archives of Ontario, F 645 Series A-2. Baird Family Fonds. Rideau Canal and Ottawa River, [1827-1839].

WO 44 - Document 10

1824 | Lt. Col. John By | Download original version » (.pdf 3 MB)

Letters regarding cost estimate versus expenditures, justification for expenditure report, explanation of expenses with cost breakdowns.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume, 15, pages 156-165.

Five Year In the Canadas

1824 | Talbot, Edward Allen | Download original version » (.pdf 15 MB)

Series of descriptive letters covering different aspects of life in the Canadas. Topics include descriptions of military settlements, immigrant settlement, nature, domestic animals, trees, food, and experiences while travelling by land and waterway.

Talbot, Edward Allen. Five Years' Residence in the Canadas Including a Tour through Part of the United States of America, in the Year 1823. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, 1824. CIHM/ICMH Microfiche series no. 40914. Canadiana.org. Web.

WO 44 - Document 30

1825-1826 | Multiple | Download original version » (.pdf 6 MB)

Information relating to water communication in Canada, 1825-1826.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 19, pages 16-19.

WO 44 - Document 31

1825-1826 | Multiple | Download original version » (.pdf 13 MB)

Correspondence relative to water communication in Canada, 1825-1826.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 19, pages 19-28.

July 13, 1826 | Lt. Col. John By | Download original version » (.jpg 132 KB)

Letter from Lt. Col. By sent to General Mann, November 1, 1827.

Library and Archives Canada, RG 8, volume 44, page 202.

1826 | Lt. Col. John By | Download original version » (.jpg 2 MB)

Letter from 1826 from the master general and the Board of Ordnance commanding Lt. Col. By to begin construction of the Rideau Canal project.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 18, pages 106-109.

WO 44 - Document 7

1826 | Multiple | Download original version » (.pdf 2 MB)

Correspondence between the Royal Engineers and the Board of Ordnance from 1826, dealing with the verification of the Rideau Canal, requests for rations (MacTaggart as clerk of works), and drawing of allowances.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 15, pages 1-7.

1826 | Multiple | Download original version » (.jpg 2 MB)

Board of Ordnance minutes from June 1826 which includes a budget for the construction of the Rideau Canal for that year.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 18, pages 64-68.

1826 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 2 MB)

Report on the Ottawa River and Kingston water communication, March 16, 1826.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 18, pages 69-74.

1826 | Gother Mann | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Series of correspondence in reference to fortification details between Ottawa and Kingston, March 22, 1826.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 18, pages 75-77.

1826 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 2 MB)

Report on the fortification details at Kingston, Upper Canada, 1826.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 18, pages 78-83.

1826 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 2 MB)

Series of correspondence dated from March to June, 1826, and regarding new works and project improvements and planning for the Rideau Canal.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 18, pages 84-91.

1826 | Multiple | Download original version » (.jpg 2 MB)

Correspondence regarding the fortification of Upper Canada dated April 15, 1826.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 18, pages 92-100.

1826 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 2 MB)

Letter to General Mann in December 1826 expressing the importance of the canal to communication and military strength in the Canadas.

Library and Archives Canada, RG8, volume 42, pages 144a-152.

ca. 1826 | Lt. Col. John By | Download original version » (.jpg 2 MB)

Letter from Lt. Col. By to General Mann (pre-1826). After examining the military of Canada, Lt. Col. By is convinced that the construction of a steamboat navigation system would be the best way to protect Canada from American attack.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 863, pages 242-247.

1826 | Byham | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Office of Ordnance, January 25, 1826. Letter from Byham acknowledging the need for a canal in Canada and advising the need for proper record keeping and that estimates be specific and highly detailed.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 865, page 222.

Samuel Clowes General Report

1826 | Samuel Clowes and George Rykert | Download original version » (.pdf 512 KB)

Official report containing detailed estimates for the proposed route for the Rideau Canal. It was submitted to Sir Peregrine Maitland in 1826 and written by surveyor Samuel Clowes.

Clowes, Samuel, and George Rykert. General Report to His Excellency Sir Peregrine Maitland, Knight Commander of the most Honorable Military Order of the Bath, Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Upper Canada, Major General Commanding His Majesty's Forces Therein &c. &c. &c in Pursuance of My Instructions of the 9th June Last, & having obtained the Aid of George Rykert, Assistant Engineer & Surveyor, we Proceeded to the Survey of the River St. Lawrence and Now Respectfully Beg Leave to Submit the Following Estimates and Report. [Toronto]: Printed at the office of the Colonial Advocate, 1826. CIHM/ICMH Digital series no. 9_10037. Canadiana.org. Web.

Three Years In Canada

1826-1828 | John McTaggart | Download original version » (.pdf 4 MB)

Book written by John MacTaggart entitled Three Years in Canada, 1826-1828.

MacTaggart, John. Three years in Canada : an account of the actual state of the country in 1826-7-8, comprehending its resources, productions, improvements, and capabilities, and including sketches of the state of society, advice to emigrants, &c. London : H. Colburn, 1829.Carleton University Archives and Research Collection. RAR FC51.M28 v.1/v.2.

June 21, 1826 | Board Of Ordnance | Download original version » (.jpg 209 KB)

Report for earth excavation and additional work at the embankment for the basin, masonry details at the 4th lock, and general contingencies for plans around the eight locks and Bytown prepared by Lt. Col. By, ca. 1829.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 18, page 107.

Miscellaneous material [Textual Record] - (Dr. Christie’s Handwriten Notes pg 1987)

1827 | Dr. Christie | Download original version » (.pdf 3 MB)

Dr. Christie's Handwritten notes, p. 1987, 1826-1832.

Library and Archives Canada, MG24-I9, volume 37.

November 1, 1827 | Lt. Col. John By | Download original version » (.jpg 538 KB)

Letter from Lt. Col. John By to General Mann concerning the defence of the Canadas, 1827.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 44, page 202.

WO 44 - Document 32

1827 | Pooley | Download original version » (.pdf 2 MB)

Entrance Valley construction details, 1827.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 19, pages 70-72.

1827 | Lt. Col. John By | Download original version » (.jpg 2 MB)

Correspondence from Lt. Col. By to General Mann, November 1827. Correspondence relates to the length and width of the canal and a request for additional funds.

Library and Archives Canada, RG8, volume 44, pages 202-205.

1827 | Lt. Col. John By | Download original version » (.jpg 2 MB)

Correspondence from Lt. Col. By dated December 1827, regarding military affairs.

Library and Archives Canada, RG8, volume 44, pages 225-228.

1827 | Lt. Col. John By | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Correspondence from Lt. Col. By to J. G. Smith regarding financial information about the Rideau Canal project.

Library and Archives Canada, RG8, volume 44, pages 229-231.

ca. 1828 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 711 KB)

Brockville public meeting.

Letter from N.A. Barid, in Montreal concerning his situation on the Rideau Canal, 1828. National Archives of Scotland. GD45/3/458. (reproduction #NAS02024 GD45-3-458-00832).

ca. 1828 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 622 KB)

Brockville public meeting (p. 2).

Letter from N.A. Barid, in Montreal concerning his situation on the Rideau Canal, 1828. National Archives of Scotland. GD45/3/458. (reproduction #NAS02024 GD45-3-458-00832V).

1828 | Lt. Col. John By | Download original version » (.jpg 2 MB)

Document showing the proposed establishment of the Royal Engineers Department for the year 1828. It contains a detailed ledger page of estimated cost breakdown of salaries, rations, and lodging submitted by Lt. Col. By.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 15, page 11.

WO 44 - Document 8

1828 | Gother Mann | Download original version » (.pdf 2 MB)

Letter from Gother Mann to the Board of Ordnance indicating that Lt. Col. By was unaware of the limited funds available for construction of the locks.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 15, pages 8-14.

WO 44 - Document 11

1828 | Lt. Col. John By | Download original version » (.pdf 2 MB)

Royal Engineers Office, Lt. Col. John By to General Mann in 1828, dealing with the sickness of workmen and others employed with construction of the Rideau Canal.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 15, pages 16-22.

WO 44 - Document 12

1828 | Lt. Col. John By | Download original version » (.pdf 3 MB)

Letter to Lt. Col. By; letters regarding the sickness and disease among the workers employed on the Rideau Canal; September 1828.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 15, pages 27-37.

1828 | Lt. Col. John By | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Abstract of the estimate for sites along the Rideau Canal, May 5, 1828.

Maule Family / Earl of Dalhousie fonds. "36 plans and abstract of the estimate of expenditure of the Rideau Canal", 1828. National Archives of Scotland. GD45/3/9.

Remark’s on the Work’s at the Entrance Valley

1828 | Lt. Col. John By

Remarks by Lt. Col. John By on the works at the Entrance Valley, May 5, 1828.

Maule Family / Earl of Dalhousie fonds. "36 plans and abstract of the estimate of expenditure of the Rideau Canal", 1828. National Archives of Scotland. GD45/3/9.

WO 44 - Document 1

1829 | Lt. Col. John By | Download original version » (.pdf 5 MB)

Report on the first eight locks of the Rideau Canal detailing progress and cost, written by Lt. Col. By, 1829.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 18, pages 217-226.

WO 44 - Document 3

1829 | Lt. Col. John By | Download original version » (.pdf 4 MB)

General contingencies report for structures erected around Entrance Valley, prepared by Lt. Col. By, 1829.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO40, Volume 18, pages 340-347.

WO 44 - Document 14

1829 | Multiple | Download original version » (.pdf 1 MB)

Letter from the Royal Engineers to General Mann from 1829 with legal information regarding the construction of the locks.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 15, pages 48-60.

1829 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 2 MB)

Return and desertion of the companies of the Royal Sappers and Miners employed upon the Rideau Canal since their arrival in Canada, chart, 1829.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 15, pages 72-74.

Lt Col John By and his Lot Stakes

1830 | Lt. Col. John By | Download original version » (.pdf 6 MB)

Correspondence from Lt. Col. By indicating stone markers to be used for lots, 1830.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 15, pages 50-51.

WO 44 - Document 13

1830 | Multiple | Download original version » (.pdf 2 MB)

The Engineers Office 1830: the construction of the canal protected both in person and in lawsuits.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 15, pages 38-47.

RG8 - Document 6

1830 | Lt. Col. John By | Download original version » (.pdf 1 MB)

Correspondence from Lt. Col. By dated February 1830 regarding the construction of the Commissariat building.

Library and Archives Canada, RG 8, volume 50, pages 82-84.

WO 44 - Document 28

1831 | Unknown | Download original version » (.pdf 2 MB)

Correspondence relative to water communication in Canada, 1831.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 19, pages 6-9.

WO 44 - Document 29

1831 | Unknown | Download original version » (.pdf 2 MB)

Correspondence relative to water communication in Canada, 1831.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 19, pages 12-13.

1832 | Daniel Jones to Lt. Col. By | Download original version » (.jpg 568 KB)

Brockville letter, 1832.

Letter from N.A. Barid, in Montreal concerning his situation on the Rideau Canal, 1828. National Archives of Scotland. GD45/3/458. (reproduction #NAS02024 GD45-3-458-00833).

1832 | George Auldjo | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Letter to Lt. Col. By from George Auldjo, 1832.

Letter from N.A. Barid, in Montreal concerning his situation on the Rideau Canal, 1828. National Archives of Scotland. GD45/3/458. (reproduction #NAS02024 GD45-3-458-00839).

1832 | George Auldjo | Download original version » (.jpg 538 KB)

Letter to Lt. Col. By from George Auldjo, 1832.

Letter from N.A. Barid, in Montreal concerning his situation on the Rideau Canal, 1828. National Archives of Scotland. GD45/3/458. (reproduction #NAS02024 GD45-3-458-00840).

ca. 1832 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 351 KB)

Letter from N. A. Baird, in Montreal, to Lt. Col. By.

Letter from N.A. Barid, in Montreal concerning his situation on the Rideau Canal, 1828. National Archives of Scotland. GD45/3/458. (reproduction #NAS02024 GD45-3-458-00841).

1832 | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Rates and dues proposed to be levied on the Rideau Canal for the year 1832.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44.

WO 44 - Document 9

1832 | Multiple | Download original version » (.pdf 3 MB)

Correspondence of indigent emigrants not allowed to pass through the Rideau Canal duty-free.

Library and Archives Canada,MG-13-WO44, volume 15, pages 133-147.

Emigration Report

1832 | HMSO | Download original version » (.pdf 2 MB)

Report giving information for those persons who are thinking about emigration. It provides details about travel options and cost and gives details about the lowest and highest cost of lodging in various areas of Ontario as well as food prices for the year 1832. It also contains details about the number of immigrant arrivals and which port they departed from.

Great Britain. Emigration Commission. Emigration Report of Commissioners Return to an Address to His Majesty, Dated 11 August 1832, for Copies of any Reports from the Commissioners for Emigration to the Secretary of State for the Colonial Department, since the Last Session of Parliament. [London]: HMSO, 1832. CIHM/ICMH Digital series no. 52946. Canadiana.org. Web.

Return Of Deserters (WO44.B217.16.72-74)

1836-1855 | Unknown | Download original version » (.pdf 2 MB)

Return of deserters, 1836-1855.

Library and Archives Canada, MG13-WO44, volume 16, pages 72-74.

WO 44 - Document 17

1838 | Lt. Col. John By | Download original version » (.pdf 10 MB)

A financial report regarding Old Slys Rapids, Smiths Falls, First Rapids, Narrows Rideau Lake, Isthmus Rideau Lake, Chaffeys Mills, Davies Rapids, Jones Falls, Cranberry Marsh, Brewers Upper Mill, Brewers Lower Mill, and Kingston Mills prepared by Lt. Col. John By. This file also includes a report on general description of works regarding the Black Rapids and Long Island prepared by Lt. Col. By.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 18, pages 243-257.

Peter Cornish Documents

1840 | Peter Cormish | Download original version » (.pdf 37 MB)

Correspondence from Peter Cornish to the Ordnance Department about expropriated land, 1840.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, Volume 16, pages 376-392.

1840 | Captn Bolton | Download original version » (.jpg 6 MB)

Detailed map of Sappers Bridge and the area around the “basin” at Bytown in 1840.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, page 222.

WO 55 - Document 4

1840 | Byham | Download original version » (.pdf 452 KB)

Office of the Ordnance, November 20, 1840. A letter from Byham stating the Ordnance buildings considered unfit for repairs on the line of the Ottawa canals be sold as proposed by Col. Oldfield.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 875, page 190.

WO 55 - Document 5

1840 | Unknown | Download original version » (.pdf 3 MB)

Command of Royal Engineers Office, September 18, 1840. The commanding Royal Engineer in the Canadas to the inspection of the Rideau and Ottawa canals, the want of comments, the settlements of claims, disposal of property, importance of the position of Bytown, suggesting the preparation of a project for its defence in reference to which any new buildings should be constructed or stone quarries opened.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 875, pages 458-461.

WO 55 - Document 6

1841 | Unknown | Download original version » (.pdf 441 KB)

Montreal, February 10, 1841. The commanding royal engineer in Canada to the inspector general of fortifications transmitting a copy of a communication from Major Bolton in charge of the Rideau and Ottawa canals, dated February 4, 1841, relative to the want of civil assistance at the latter.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 875, page 335.

WO 55 - Document 7

1841 | Major Bolton | Download original version » (.pdf 757 KB)

February 23, 1841. Major Bolton requests assistance in the form of three servants, two female and one male, as he is in charge of the Rideau and Ottawa canals.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 876, page 337.

WO 55 - Document 8

1842 | Butler | Download original version » (.pdf 2 MB)

Office of Ordnance, August 26, 1842. With reference to a memorandum dated September 4, 1841 from the Commanding Royal Engineer in Canada, a petition from lock labourers on the Rideau Canal for an increase of pay. Response from G. Butler confirms that following discussions between the master general and Board of Ordnance, the pay of the paid labourers, temporary as well as permanent, be increased during the season of navigation. The master general and board also decided it was best to decrease the numbers of permanent labourers during the winter season to better accommodate the pay raise.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 877, pages 283-285.

WO 55 - Document 1

1843 | Unknown | Download original version » (.pdf 340 KB)

Correspondence from the Ordnance Office, regarding the state of the walls, Bytown, 1843.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 878, page 729.

WO 55 - Document 2

1843 | Unknown | Download original version » (.pdf 295 KB)

A section of the Royal Engineers Office at Bytown. The Royal Engineers Office, Bytown, December 22, 1843.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 878, page 730.

WO 55 - Document 3

1843 | Unknown | Download original version » (.pdf 337 KB)

Sketch of the first eight locks, Bytown, showing the wharf's landing places in connection with the Ordnance storehouse marked A. The dry dock B and the part of the canal now widening to form an [illegible in original document] C., and the “rite” of the step log as the end of the eight locks D. The Royal Engineers Office, Bytown, December 22, 1843.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 878, page 731.

WO 55 - Document 9

1843 | Byham | Download original version » (.pdf 528 KB)

From the Office of the Ordnance, December 22, 1843. A letter from Byham stating Nicholas Sparks wishes to have 88 acres (36 hectares) of land restored to him, as it is no longer needed for canal purposes.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 878, page 184.

WO 55 - Document 10

1843 | Unknown | Download original version » (.pdf 950 KB)

January 21, 1843. A report following a meeting in Merrickville to discuss canal tolls; those in attendance worried the tolls would hurt the canal’s prosperity.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 878, pages 216-217.

WO 55 - Document 11

1843 | Unknown | Download original version » (.pdf 1 MB)

November 21, 1843, Royal Engineers Office Headquarters, Montreal. A letter discussing the future seat of government’s effect on the residence of the commanding engineer as well as the notion of moving the seat of government from Kingston to Montreal.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, pages 322-324.

WO 55 - Document 12

1843 | Unknown | Download original version » (.pdf 756 KB)

Royal Engineers Office Headquarters, Montreal, December 19, 1843. A letter discussing the recent passing of the Vesting Act. Clause 28 states that all land that has been claimed for service of the Rideau Canal be surrendered by the Ordnance. If the land is again needed by the Ordnance, it must be purchased from the owner.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55,volume 878, page 328.

WO 55 - Document 13

1843 | Lt. Col. John By | Download original version » (.pdf 757 KB)

Bytown, December 1, 1843. A list of all the communications on the subject of the land taken from Mr. Sparks at Bytown by Lt. Col. By, that have been “new found” in the Royal Engineers Office at this place.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 878, page 347.

WO 55 - Document 14

1844 | Byham | Download original version » (.pdf 747 KB)

Office of Ordnance, January 26, 1844. A note pertaining to the lockmaster’s right to raise cattle and sheep and cultivate a garden along the Ottawa locks.

Library and Archives CanadaMG-13-WO55, volume 878, page 564.

WO 55 - Document 15

1844 | Byham | Download original version » (.pdf 746 KB)

Montreal, March 22, 1844. Byham agrees to restore Nicholas Sparks’s land.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 878, page 627.

WO 55 - Document 16

1845 | Byham | Download original version » (.pdf 397 KB)

Office of Ordnance, August 27, 1845. A letter from Byham announcing the promotion of John Burrows from foreman of works to clerk of works.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 879, page 202.

WO 55 - Document 17

1845 | Butler | Download original version » (.pdf 673 KB)

Office of Ordnance, September 1, 1845. A letter written by Butler about Nicholas Sparks’s land claim. Sparks wanted his claim to be discussed formally in Montreal in order to know what land could be restored to him and what was to be kept by the Ordnance.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 879, page 204.

WO 55 - Document 18

1845 | Butler | Download original version » (.pdf 681 KB)

Office of Ordnance, September 10, 1845. A letter by Butler outlining the rules and regulations surrounding the Rideau Canal as approved by the Governor General. Regulations naturally favour the passing of boats and vessels carrying troops.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 879, page 243.

Meeting of the Friends of Ireland Bytown

1847 | Unknown | Download original version » (.pdf 835 KB)

Meeting of the Friends of Ireland, Bytown, 1847.

Daniel O'Connor fonds, MG24-I107, Library and Archives Canada, MIKAN number 98813 .

To the Irish Roman Catholics of Bytown and its Vicinity

1847 | Unknown | Download original version » (.pdf 360 KB)

To the Irish Roman Catholics of Bytown and its vicinity, 1847.

Daniel O'Connor fonds, MG24-I107, Library and Archives Canada, MIKAN number 98813.

WO 55 - Document 19

1847 | Byham | Download original version » (.pdf 509 KB)

Office of Ordnance, March 1, 1847. A report written by Byham suggesting conversations begin around the construction of more canals in Canada.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 881, page 61.

WO 55 - Document 20

1847 | Byham | Download original version » (.pdf 618 KB)

Office of Ordnance, May 1, 1847. A letter from Byham announcing the master general and board’s decision to decline giving Nicholas Sparks £25,000 for his land that was taken for the service of the Rideau Canal.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 881, pages 90-91.

WO 55 - Document 21

1848 | Unknown | Download original version » (.pdf 6 MB)

Royal Engineers Headquarters Office, Montreal, February 22, 1848. Discussion and estimates about the purchase and maintenance of a steamboat for the service of the Rideau and Ottawa canals.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 881, pages 383-393.

WO 55 - Document 22

1849 | Byham | Download original version » (.pdf 381 KB)

Office of Ordnance, June 9, 1849. A note from Byham ensuring the revised appropriation for the Bytown barracks was underway and brought to the attention of the colonial secretary of state.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 883, page 169.

WO 55 - Document 23

1849 | Unknown | Download original version » (.pdf 6 MB)

Royal Engineers Headquarters Office, Montreal, January 3, 1849. Details on the fire at the commanding engineer’s quarters by Holloway and others.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 883, pages 332-342.

WO 55 - Document 24

1849 | Butler | Download original version » (.pdf 1 MB)

Office of Ordnance, December 21, 1849. Butler wrote this letter to transmit decisions made by the Ordnance concerning Lt. Col. By’s home on Major’s Hill. He encloses a copy of a report from the Ordnance.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 884, pages 1-3.

WO 55 - Document 25

1850 | Multiple | Download original version » (.pdf 5 MB)

Office of Ordnance, January 30, 1850. The Ordnance’s report and estimates of the expense of constructing a fence enclosing the Ordnance property on Barrack Hill, Bytown.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 884, pages 20-25.

WO 55 - Document 26

1850 | Multiple | Download original version » (.pdf 4 MB)

Royal Engineers Headquarters Office, Montreal, October 12, 1850. A letter to the inspector general of fortifications transmitting a plan of Ordnance land at Bytown, showing the land relinquished to Mr. Nicholas Sparks.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 884, pages 372 - 377.

WO 55 - Document 27

1852 | Butler | Download original version » (.pdf 388 KB)

Office of Ordnance, January 9, 1852. A note stating the board’s sanctioning of an expenditure of £3.2.10 for exterior lamp irons at Barrack Hill in Bytown.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 886, Page 2.

WO 55 - Document 28

1853 | Butler and Petrien | Download original version » (.pdf 2 MB)

Office of Ordnance, August 10, 1853. Letters by Butler and Petrien about the transferring of the Rideau Canal from the British to the provincial government in Canada.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 886, pages 198-200.

WO 55 - Document 29

1853 | Multiple | Download original version » (.pdf 3 MB)

Royal Engineers Headquarters Office, Montreal, January 14, 1853. The return of the plans of the Rideau Canal lands.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 886, pages 582-587.

Peruvian Bark, Plate XX, A History Of The Vegetable Kingdom

1855 | William Rhind | Download original version » (.pdf 10 MB)

Peruvian Bark, plate XX, 1855.

Rhind, William. The History of the Vegetable Kingdom. Glasgow: Blackie, 1855. Carleton University Archives and Research Collection, RAR QK 45 R45 1855.

WO 55 - Document 30

1855 | Unknown | Download original version » (.pdf 741 KB)

Office of Ordnance, January 8, 1855. A note stating the provincial government was to take over pensioners’ barracks at Niagara, Toronto, Prescott, and Bytown.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO55, volume 887, page 102.

History of the Royal Sappers and Miners

1857 | T. W. J. Connolly | Download original version » (.pdf 719 KB)

Names of men who were killed or drowned during the construction of the Rideau Canal.

T.W. J Connolley, History of the Royal Sappers and Miners [microform] : from the formation of the corps in March 1772 to the date when its designation was changed to that of Royal Engineers in October 1856, London : Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans and Roberts, 1857, Carleton University Library, FC18.C15.N.16766.

Records of Rise of the City of Ottawa

1858 | Van Cortlandt, Gertrude | Download original version » (.pdf 3 MB)

City of Ottawa resident Gertrude Van Cortlandt writes about the development of Ottawa since the construction of the Rideau Canal until 1858. Topics include bridges, steamboats, places of worship, hospitals, mills, newspapers, foundries, factories, local institutes, railroads, and a general commentary on the development of the city.

Van Cortlandt, Gertrude. Records of the Rise and Progress of the City of Ottawa from the Foundation of the Rideau Canal to the Present Time. Ottawa?: [s.n.], 1858. CIHM/ICMH Microfiche series no. 63231. Canadiana.org. Web.

WO 44 - Document 21

n.d. | Lt. Col. John By | Download original version » (.pdf 10 MB)

Report and costing for excavation and additional work at Davis’s Mills, Jones Falls, Brewer’s Upper Mill, and Kingston Mills prepared by Lt. Col. By.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 18, pages 313-333.

n.d. | Unknown | Download original version » (.jpg 1 MB)

Rideau Canal works chart.

Library and Archives Canada, RG 8, volume 16, page 45f.

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Correspondence from Lt. Col. By relating to the importance of speedy communication and military networks for the protection of the Canadas.

Library and Archives Canada, RG8, volume 42, pages 153-156.

WO 44 - Document 16

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Report on a general description of works and increase of expenses for Hartwells Locks, Hog's Back, and the first eight locks, prepared by Lt. Col. By. A financial breakdown can be located at the end of this file.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 18, pages 225-242.

WO 44 - Document 18

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Report on alterations and extra works regarding Burritts Rapids, Nicholson’s Rapids, Clowes Quarry, and Merricks Rapids prepared by Lt. Col. By.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 18, pages 258-276.

WO 44 - Document 19

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Report on alterations and extra works relating to Maitland’s Rapids, Edmund’s Rapids, Old Slys, and Smith Falls prepared by Lt. Col. By.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 18, pages 258-276.

WO 44 - Document 20

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Report on alteration and extra work for additional construction at Oak Hill, the First Rapids, the “narrows,” the Isthmus, and Chaffeys Mills prepared by Lt. Col. By.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 19, pages 295-313.

WO 44 - Document 5

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Report for earth excavation and additional work at the embankment for the basin, masonry details at the 4th lock, general contingencies for plans around the eight locks and Bytown prepared by Lt. Col. John By, ca. 1829.

Library and Archives Canada, MG-13-WO44, volume 18, pages 334-348.