Clive “Zelig” Phillipps-Wolley

Clive Phillipps-Wolley, whose fictional story involving CJ in BC I blogged about just a couple days back, seems to turn up everywhere once you start noticing him.  Like Bert the Muppet in pro-Bin Laden rallies.  Or Woody Allen’s Zelig.

Clive Phillipps-Wolley

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Sir Clive also published a nonfiction account of his adventures in British Columbia–he was quite the sport hunter, having shot his way through such exotic locales as Svanetia–in an 1884 volume titled The trottings of a tenderfoot; or, A visit to the Columbian fiords.  It too has bits of reported Jargon in it.

P-W also turns up in another BC lit classic, A Pioneer Gentlewoman in British Columbia: The Recollections of Susan Allison, the publication of which was edited by Margaret Ormsby.  Mrs. Allison (another CJ speaker and close acquaintance of local Native people) and P-W were friends, and he not only visited her husband and her but also offered criticism of her literary efforts.  Mrs. A. is also notable for being one of the handful of people who noted down information about the Nicola tribe and language (Athabascan family) of the Similkameen while it was still possible, in the 1880s-90s.

P-W wrote yet another book, A Sportsman’s Eden, about the Similkameen region and its glories of the chase.  Here he self-deprecatingly characterizes his hunting vocabulary as a mishmash of English, French, Georgian, Chinook, and quite a few more, but doesn’t seem to quote much CJ.

Pretty interesting character, this one.  You’ll get a wealth of local color from reading the books he’s associated with! Several are available as free ebooks, by the way.