white buckskin

On March 14, 1776, the Provincial Congress ordered [Hamilton] “appointed Captain of the Provincial Company of Artillery of this colony.” He took his last quarter’s scholarship money from his St. Croix sponsors to have his friend Mulligan’s tailor shop make him a blue coat with buff cuffs and facings and the best white buckskin breeches.
He would not need the money to finish college. He never did. He had no more time to be a schoolboy.

“Alexander Hamilton: A Life”

I understand that he needed to look good to be an officer and to be taken seriously, but still. “He took the last of his charity school money and ordered the best quality uniform.” Oh Alex. 

Also a good excuse to post one of my favourite pictures:  “Alexander Hamilton (1757–1804) in the Uniform of the New York Artillery” by Alonzo Chappel


Harry Pollard fonds

Harry Pollard, son of photographer James Pollard, was born in Tillsonburg, Ontario in 1880. He moved west in May 1899 and set up a photographic studio in Calgary, Alberta. Pollard became a well-established photographer in the community. His famous collection includes photographs of the Klondike gold rush of 1888 and 1889, and hundreds of pictures of Alberta First Nations.

source  By: Provincial Archives of Alberta

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