This trip marked the first time a white man had entered present-day Saskatchewan. Kelsey's journal of the trip, which opens with some curious, rhyming doggerel, describes buffalo, grizzly bears and a Native group - possibly the Sioux or Gros Ventres. The company's hold on the bay was tenuous, and Kelsey twice negotiated surrender of York to Pierre Le Moyne d' IBERVILLE (1694 and 1697). His reward for loyal service was his appointment as chief trader at Albany (1705) and governor of all the bay posts (1717). The Kelsey Papers, a single, paperbound volume dated 1693, were not known to historians before 1926, and mysteries still surround them.
Author JAMES MARSH