Francis Goring came to Canada in 1776 as a clerk to the quartermaster-general Gabriel Christie. Later he settled in the Niagara area and served for a time as clerk at Fort Niagara. On 10 July 1780 he entered a partnership with James Burnet and Samuel Street. A year later Goring left the company, as Burnet had done previously, and Street assumed the assets and the debts. Goring became involved in other trade ventures, and for a time acted as a mail carrier, as his diary reveals.
The reel contains the diary of Francis Goring written during his mail journey from Chippewa to the area of Hamilton Mountain, 28 April - 8 May 1805, when he delivered and received mail. The account provides an insight into the state of the settlement along his route and the social habits of the time. The remainder of the volume is filled with stories, including, Jonathan in Search of a Wife, The Beggar, The Human Depravity, Rules for Young Maids, and various other short pieces.