Papers and Correspondence : 1758-1784.
|Call Number:||MIC-Loyalist FC LMR .H3F7P3|
|Creator:||Haldimand, Frederick, Sir, 1718-1791.|
|Description:||115 microfilm textual records (232 volumes) ; 35 mm|
Frederick Haldimand was a Swiss-German from the Commune of Yverdon in Switzerland. From an early age he was interested in following a military career, but as Switzerland offered little for an ambitious young man, he pursued his interest in a foreign army. In 1748 he became an officer of the Swiss Guards in the Dutch Army. In 1756 a number of officers, including Haldimand, his friends Henry Bouquet, Augustine Prevost, Samuel Johannes Holland, and Frederick Wallet DesBarres, transferred to the British army. Haldimand received the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the 2nd Battalion of the 60th, or Royal American Regiment. He saw active duty throughout the Seven Years War and was promoted to full Colonel in 1762. Later the same year he was appointed Military Governor of Trois Rivières, Quebec, and in 1767 arrived in Florida as brigadier of the Southern Department with responsibilities for the military affairs of both East and West Florida, remaining there until 1773. In that year he was transferred to New York and later became acting commander-in-chief at Boston when General Gage returned to England. Following a period of leave in England and Switzerland in 1777, he was appointed commander-in-chief of the Northern or Canadian Department with headquarters at Quebec, and with authority over both civil and military affairs. He continued in this capacity until the end of the American Revolution, and until he had concluded arrangements for the settlement of the Loyalists and the Six Nations Indians who had remained loyal to Britain. In November of 1784 he sailed for England and lived in London for the rest of his life, dying on a visit to Switzerland.
|Originals:||The original records are held by the British Library.|
|Archival Ref. No.:||British Library Additional Manuscripts 21,661 - 21,892 inclusive.|
A Microfilm Shelf List, which correlates reel numbering with Catalogue numbering, is available in print with the Loyalist red binders and online (see Electronic Finding Aids (Haldimandfinding). The annually published Report on Canadian Archives, for the years 1884-1889, contain a Calendar (or list of documents) for the volumes of the Haldimand Papers which were transcribed by the Archives from the originals in Britain. Archives' volumes are identified as B-1 to B-232. The Reports are shelved in the Government Documents Department (HIL-Gov FN45 .R426).
|Electronic Finding Aid Record:||
Selected Privateering Sources.pdf
Health and Medicine in the Haldimand Papers.pdf
Catalogue of Additions....pdf
|Notes:||Since the microfilm copies of the Additional Manuscripts in the Loyalist Collection and the Transcript volumes in LAC are not identical, a conversion list which correlates the Additional Manuscript numbers, the B Volume Transcripts, the Calendar in LAC Reports, and the microfilm reel numbers in The Loyalist Collection has been prepared.|