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Submitted by Sheila Ethier on January 25, 2018, at 12:30

Hi, Gael,
Thanks for your comment with the links to the order-in-council and the note to the Queen’s Printer.
Here’s a fun bit of trivia that I came across when researching the article: the person identified as D. Hurlbert in both document descriptions is actually a Dr. Jesse Beaufort Hurlbert, an academic and the author of various books on Canadian issues, including one titled “The Climate, Production and Resources of Canada” (published in 1872).
And he may have made a habit of complaining to Macdonald. In the book “Riel to Reform: A History of Protest in Western Canada,” Hurlbert gets the following mention:
“The sober-minded principal of Queen’s University was joined in his concern by Jesse Beaufort Hurlbert who took time out from his optimistic writings on Canada’s climate to protest to Macdonald that many Conservatives in the West opposed the syndicate bargain.”