Son of Catharine Parr Traill and nephew of Susanna Moodie, William Edward Traill, better known as Willie, came by his literary talent naturally. He found employment with the Hudson's Bay Company in what was to become the Canadian West. His letters home are a rich and detailed portrait of domestic life in the fur trade of the Northwest between 1864 and 1893. At turns gritty then deeply touching but always fascinating and informative, the Willie Traill letters throw open a window on the joys and heartbreaking challenges of family life in the service of the fur trade.
(1844-1917) K. Douglas Munro, editor of this collection, was the great-grandson of Willie Traill. Encouraged by family to publish the Willie Traill letters, he spent a decade pursuing this task. He lived in Victoria, BC.