• Letter to Robt. Hamilton from Thos. Gourlay, 19 January 1818

      Gourlay, Thos. (1818-01-19)
      Letter to Robt. Hamilton, Queenston, Upper Canada, from Thos. Gourlay, New York. It is stated that he has written several letters to Queenston but has not received a reply. He asked Robt. Corbet to forward to the New York Post Office any letters that arrived for him after he left Canada, and to notify him of his brothers motions, but he has not done so. He asks that Hamilton inform him on the subject. He has heard the [preacher?] of Niagara has been thrown into goal and that Robert followed. He does not know the cause of their being apprehended or what will become of them. It is likely he will take a passage to one of the Islands and there wait for a vessel going to South America. He presently boards at 15 Front St., but asks that any mail be directed to the Post Office should he move. Cooper [name missing] boards in the same house and is a Canadian, and is acquainted with most of the good folks in that quarter. He asks if Hamilton knows him, January 19, 1818. Postmarked New York Jan 19.
    • Letter to Mess. Smith and Hamilton of Queenston from McTavish and Galloway

      McTavish; Galloway (1819-01-19)
      **Please note: This letter contains language that reflect the time period when it was created and the view of its creator. This can include offensive and negative language, references, and stereotypes that are no longer used or appropriate today. The item(s) retain their original content to ensure that attitudes and viewpoints are not erased from the historical record. The Archives & Special Collections are actively working on including more respectful and representative language in our own descriptions now and into the future.**------------------------------------------- Letter to Mess. Smith and Hamilton of Queenston from McTavish and Galloway, Montreal. The letter asks that Smith and Hamilton to provide them with the particulars of the postage acct., such as the weight and measurement of each package, so that they can judge the accuracy of the charges. A lengthy reply to a previous letter is also addressed, concerning accounts. It is stated that they do not open any accounts of a mercantile nature with any persons on the communication, as they confine themselves solely to the "Indian" trade. Not being aware of this, Mr. McGillivray promised an advance to Mr. Smith. This exception will be honoured, however, since they must pay for goods purchased immediately, and without commission, they state that in the future they will be unable to assist in this way again. He also states that their transport business for the coming season will not be greater than the last, January 16, 1819. Straight line postmark, Montreal JAN 19.
    • Letter to Alexander Hamilton, Queenston, from John Hamilton, Montreal, 10 April 1820

      Hamilton, John (1820-04-10)
      Letter to Alexander Hamilton, Queenston, from John Hamilton, Montreal. The letter concerns personal matters and family news, with mention of Joseph and Peter Hamilton, Mr. Barnet, and Mr. Blackwood, April 10, 1820. Three pages. There is some cross-writing on the last page.
    • Letter - Alexander Hamilton of Queenston from D. Sutherland of Quebec, 2 May 1822

      Sutherland, Daniel (1822-05-02)
      Letter to Alexander Hamilton of Queenston from D. Sutherland of Quebec. The letter addresses Hamilton’s concerns about the new tariff of distances and rates of Postage, and how they were calculated. Sutherland acknowledges that there are several errors, but that the distances were taken from the Surveyor General’s Office in Upper Canada, and the rates of postage are determined by an Act of the British Parliament, May 2, 1822. Postmarked Quebec MY 4 22.
    • Letter to Alex. Hamilton from John Strachan, 19 May 1823

      Strachan, John (1823-05-19)
      Letter to Alex. Hamilton from John Strachan, York. The letter concerns the estate of Hamilton’s late father. He writes that there have been delays arising partly from the difficulty of arranging the accounts of the estate, and partly from the public avocations of the gentlemen appointed to adjust them. He says they will be ready for a final settlement in the beginning of next month, and he will come to Niagara on Monday and meet with him and his brothers the next day. He asks for his remarks and opinions not only on his own accounts, but also on the general settlement and amicable division of the estate, May 19, 1823.
    • Letter - Alexander Hamilton of Queenston from D. Sutherland of Quebec, 3 June 1823

      Sutherland, Daniel (1823-06-03)
      Letter to Alexander Hamilton of Queenston from D. Sutherland of Quebec. The letter states that he received the post office returns for the last quarter ending April 5, with a balance of £17.14.8. He asks that he be sent the date of Hamilton’s commission as P.M., June 3, 1823. A reply from Hamilton is included on the reverse, which states that he has referred to his commission as postmaster of Queenston and found that it is dated September 9, 1820. The reply is dated June 16, 1823. Postmark is illegible.
    • Letter from W. Hamilton Merritt, 24 January 1824

      Hamilton Merritt, William (1824-01-24)
      Letter from W. Hamilton Merritt. The letter is an invitation to a meeting for the purpose of appointing persons to open books of subscription for receiving stock in the different county Towns in this province for the Welland Canal Company. The meeting is scheduled for Saturday the 31st at the Hotel of the widow Rogers in Niagara, January 24, 1824.
    • Letter - Mr. Hands from D. Sutherland, 27 March 1824

      Sutherland, Daniel (1824-03-27)
      Letter to Mr. Hands from D. Sutherland of Quebec. The letter asks that a set of Pare’s receipts for the quarter ending April 5, 1823, and properly witnessed, be sent to the General Post Office in London. The Accountant General objected to the ones that were sent already, as they were not properly signed by witnesses, March 27, 1824. No postmark.
    • Will and Testament of William Cowie, Springbank, 1825

      Wallace, Robert; Davy, Edmund (1825)
      Will and Testament of William Cowie, Springbank, 1825. Handwritten, one page. Signed by witnesses Robert Wallace, Edmund Davy, John Coats and John Simpson. Also signed by John Douglas, N.P. and Alexander Dick, N.P., Glasgow, September 10, 1824.
    • Certificate (handwritten) stating that Edward Thompson has taken two horses from Canada, Port of Fort Erie, 31 January 1825

      Warren, Duncan (1825-01-31)
      Certificate (handwritten) stating that Edward Thompson has taken two horses from Canada. Signed by Duncan Warren, Deputy Collector, Customs House, Port of Fort Erie, January 31, 1825.
    • Printed circular to Alex Hamilton of Queenston from D. Sutherland, General Post Office, Quebec

      Sutherland, Daniel (1826-01-04)
      Printed circular to Alex Hamilton of Queenston from D. Sutherland, General Post Office, Quebec. The letter concerns the practice of postmasters franking letters and packets for their friends, and a reminder that this is not allowed. It is stated that anyone who continues this practice will be dismissed. The only letters permitted to go free are those concerning matters between postmasters or the Department, January 4, 1826. No postmark.
    • Letter to Alexander Hamilton from William Hamilton Merritt of St. Catharines, 24 October 1826

      Hamilton Merritt, William (1826-10-24)
      Letter to Alexander Hamilton from William Hamilton Merritt of St. Catharines. The letter asks if he could be sent Mr. Rykert’s map or plan of the Village of St. Catharines, if he or his brothers has one in their possession. He states that his object is to get the Town plot surveyed and laid out into lots, and the map will assist in this. He also asks if he has made any arrangement with Mr. Clendennin, who appears to be averse to agree to any measure until it is done, October 24, 1826.
    • Land grant to Elisabeth Merritt, Township of Wainfleet, County of Lincoln, District of Niagara, 16 July 1827

      Cameron, D.; Heward, S.; Robinson, John; Maitland, Sir Peregrine (1827-07-16)
      Land grant to Elisabeth Merritt, Township of Wainfleet, County of Lincoln, District of Niagara, wife of David Merritt and daughter of Christina Sencebaugh, U.E. Loyalist. The land grant is for 200 acres of land in the Township of Garrafraxa, County of Halton, District of Gore, July 16, 1827. Signed by D. Cameron (Provincial Secretary to the Lt. Governor of Upper Canada); S. Heward (Auditor General); John Robinson (Attorney General); and Sir Peregrine Maitland (Lt. Governor of Upper Canada). Printed on vellum with writing in black ink, ribbon at the bottom and the hard seal displaying the Royal coat of arms.
    • Land grant to John Sencebaugh, Township of Wainfleet, County of Lincoln, District of Niagara, 16 July 1827

      Heward, S.; Cameron, D.; Robinson, John Beverly; Maitland, Peregrine (1827-07-16)
      Land grant to John Sencebaugh, Township of Wainfleet, County of Lincoln, District of Niagara, son of Christian Sencebaugh, U.E. Loyalist. The land grant is for 200 acres of land in the Township of Garrafraxa, County of Halton, District of Gore, July 16, 1827. Signed by S. Heward (Auditor General); D. Cameron (Provincial Secretary to the Lt. Governor of Upper Canada); John Beverly Robinson (Attorney General); and Peregrine Maitland (Lt. Governor of Upper Canada).
    • Indenture of bargain and sale between [Asahil?] Waterhouse, Thorold, Upper Canada, and T. Rose, Cambria, State of New York, January 8, 1828

      1828-01-08
      Indenture of bargain and sale between [Asahil?] Waterhouse, Thorold, Upper Canada, and T. Rose, Cambria, State of New York, January 8, 1828. The rest of the document is blank.
    • Certificates concerning the appraisal of property of John Woodruff, late of the Town of Porter, Niagara County, State of New York, 13 November 1828

      Chittenden, William; Brighton, Ruben (1828-11-13)
      Certificates (printed blanks) concerning the appraisal of property of John Woodruff, late of the Town of Porter, Niagara County, State of New York. One certificate states that William Chittenden and Ruben [Brighton?] will impartially appraise Woodruff’s personal property, November 13, 1828. The other certificate states that their appraisal has been determined to be one thousand, one hundred and fifty dollars, and seventy-five cents, November 13, 1828. The certificates are attached.
    • Letter - Alexander Hamilton of Queenston from T.A. Stayner of Quebec, 4 January 1831

      Stayner, Thomas Allen (1831-01-04)
      Letter to Alexander Hamilton of Queenston from T.A. Stayner of Quebec. The letter concerns the extension of the mail route to Niagara. Mr. Cook (a contractor) has offered to extend his roads to Niagara in consideration of being allowed to part from that office in the morning, heading to Queenston by about 10, and then proceeding to York immediately. He states that he wishes the offer to go into operation with speed. He adds that it will be necessary for the Queenston mail to be ready to by 10 o’clock instead of 12. Since the American mail generally arrives in the evening, he points out there should be sufficient time to have the mail ready. He notes that by accepting this offer, five mails a week are deemed to Niagara instead of two as at present, January 4, 1831. Postmarked York UP-CAN (date illegible).
    • Deputation for Alex. Hamilton from Robert Grant, 9 January 1832

      Grant, Robert (1832-01-09)
      Deputation for Alex. Hamilton from Robert Grant, Collector of Customs for the Port of Queenston. The letter appoints Alexander Hamilton a deputy collector for the Port of Queenston, January 9, 1832.
    • Letter to Alex. Hamilton, Postmaster, Queenston, from William Smith, Waterloo near Fort Erie, 24 March 1833

      Smith, William (1833-03-24)
      Letter to Alex. Hamilton, Postmaster, Queenston, from William Smith, Waterloo near Fort Erie. The letter states that he is anxious to settle his affairs and asks that Hamilton select a day to do so. He notes that in his last letter Hamilton seemed to have the idea that the Mansfield transaction is of a private nature and regards him alone, which is not the case. The award was for work done at the wharf at Fort Erie for Smith and Hamilton, which was paid by him out of his own private purse. Part of the costs were paid to the plaintiffs attorney, by a debt due by him to Smith and Hamilton. He asks that Hamilton withdraw the claim given in to Mess. Clark and Street, as he is about to settle his account with them, March 24, 1833. Postmarked Fort Erie 25 March 1833 [date of postmark handwritten].
    • Letter to Alexander Hamilton, Queenston from the Niagara Gaol, 12 October 1833

      Thompson, David; Well, Lewis; Spillane, John; Wesley, George (1833-10-12)
      Letter to Alexander Hamilton, Queenston from the Niagara Gaol. The letter is written by the “debtors confined in the Gaol of this district”. They ask that a Gaoler be solicited, and have heard that Henry Chapman is being considered. They state that he appears to them to be the most capable of efficiently filling the situation. It is also mentioned that Ephraim Wheeler may be a candidate, and they do not recommend him for the position. Signatures include David Thompson, Lewis Well, John Spillane, and George Wesley. There is a tear on the edge of the last page which affects the text of some signatures, October 12, 1833. Postmark is illegible.