Erasmus worked for Thomas Woolsey as an interpreter,
freighter and general assistant. He helped rebuild the Pigeon Lake
Mission that had
been started in 1847 by Robert Rundle, and
travelled with Woolsey on the
prairies among the Cree. Although he did important work for Woolsey and,
by extension, Methodism-his greatest assistance at the time may have been
the ailing missionary back to health.
Woolsey and Erasmus established the short-lived Smoking (Smoky) Lake
Mission, and had completed a residence by September 1861 before, upon the
recommendation of the new Superintendent of Missions George McDougall,
the mission was moved to the banks of the North Saskatchewan River.
continued his association with missionaries, working with George and John
McDougall for three years as an interpreter and guide. During this time he
was an invaluable resource for newly arriving missionaries for
establishing relationships with Aboriginal peoples and as an instructor in