|Collection||Fort Nisqually Permanent Collection|
|Object ID Number||1990.02.01b|
Letter from Edward Huggins regarding Captain James Sangster and his connection to Fort Nisqually. The letter is on paper lightly ruled with blue lines, it measures 4 1/4 inches wide by 20 inches in length, (Huggins cut and glued the document to this size) Stored as he folded it, in half across the width. Originally glued to the inside of the front cover of 1990.02.01a, "The Oregon Archives" book, removed upon accession for proper storage. The text of the letter is as follows:
" Captain 'James Sangster'; was a sea-man long in the employ of the Hudson Bay Company, and for a length of time in command of small vessels employed in coasting between Victoria, V.I., Fort Vancouver, Columbia river, Forts Langley Frasers river and Fort Simpson to the Northward. In the fifties (several crossed out words) he was made Post Master at Victoria V.I. He was a single man, liked by all, and because of an inordinate love of spiritous liquor, he became enfeebled in health, and unable to attend to his official duties. He was the owner of a small farm, situated at Munchausen or 'Mah-chusun' about twenty five miles from Victoria B.C., and when his health became impaired so much as to compel him to resign his official position of Post Master, he returned to his little farm and lived there entirely alone. he would make periodical visits to town, but a longer time than usual elapsed without his appearing amongst his friends, and some of whom becoming apprehensive that he might be ill, rode out to his place, and were horrified to find him dead! He had- as all signs indicated- cut his own throat, and bled to death. He was about 50 years of age.
Edward Huggins (side note in the text:) 'Langster' died in October 1858.
In the year 1830 and in the month of April, Captain 'Sangster' resided at Fort Nisqually for about three months, and roomed with the writer of this. He (the Captain) was awaiting the result of the seizure of the Hudson Bay Company's schooner "Cadboro", for alleged violation of the United States Revenue law.
Edward Huggins, July 22nd, 1901. "
Hudson Bay Company