• Lachlan McCallum fonds, 1862-1948, n.d

      Cameron, Chantal (2018-11-27)
      Fonds contains material related to the activities of Lachlan McCallum, a Canadian politician from 1867 to 1903. Materials include professional correspondence, including numerous letters to and from Prime Minister John A. MacDonald; certificates, including some concerning McCallum’s military service during the Fenian raids, as well as his appointments in freemasonry; family correspondence and records such as obituaries, funeral cards and genealogical information; photographs; post cards; and newspapers.
    • Land deed between Daniel Cline and Cornelius Benner, 1839

      Cameron, Chantal (2012-02-02)
      A land deed for a parcel of land in the district of Niagara purchased by Daniel Cline and his wife Jamima for the sum of two hundred pounds. The land purchased involved lot numbers 5 and 6 in the 2nd concession in the Township of Humberstone, County of Lincoln, District of Niagara. The land was sold by Cornelius Benner and the deed is dated January 17, 1839.
    • Land deed between Daniel de Lisle Brock, John Savery Brock, Irving Brock and Sarah Maria Brock, May 12, 1837.

      Cameron, Chantal (2018-12-19)
      A land deed between Daniel de Lisle Brock, John Savery Brock, Irving Brock, and Sarah Maria Brock. Daniel, John and Irving were brothers of Sir Isaac Brock. Sarah Maria Brock was the widow of Isaac’s brother William. The document divides land among the parties, being “proprietors and tenants in common of certain lands situate in the Province of Upper Canada”. The affected lands consist of about 10,000 acres and are found in the Townships of East Flamborough, West Flamborough, Brock, Monaghan, and Murray. The document is signed by the parties mentioned, as well as several witnesses, including Henry Tupper, Jas. MacCulloch, and Richard Maingy.
    • Last will and testament of Catharine Young, 1840

      Williams, Edie (2010-04)
      1 printed will 33 x 21 cm – 4 p
    • Last Will and Testament of David Brooks, 1822

      Adams, Anne (2013-10-16)
      The last will and testament of David Brooks of Portsea, in the County of Southampton, England, 1822
    • Laura Dexter letter, commenting on the McLeod murder trial, October 5, 1841

      Cameron, Chantal (2014-03-21)
      A letter addressed to Mr. Edward North, Patterson, New Jersey, from Laura Dexter, dated at Whitesborough [New York], October 5, 1841. The letter makes reference to the McLeod murder trial, commenting that “McLeods trial is the all absorbing topic of the day. Our quiet, peacible village, has been under military guardianship for many weeks, by orders of our good & careful whig Governor, an armed band have patrolled our streets, breaking at intervals the still watches of the night. I am thankful that thus far the law has taken its course & McLeod is unmolested, but I fear the result if he be acquitted as many curses, both loud & deep, have gone forth against him. And a war with England instead of being deprecated, seems with some to be the great desirable.”
    • Leaf from a Liturgical Music Manuscript for Good Friday

      Adams, Anne (2012-04-24)
      1 Vellum double-sided leaf from a liturgical music manuscript used for singing the Passion of Our Lord during Mass on Good Friday.
    • Leaf from a Liturgical Music Manuscript for Holy Saturday

      Adams, Anne (2012-04-24)
      1 Vellum double-sided leaf from a liturgical music manuscript of a canticle entitled Atténde caélum used for the readings or lessons during Holy Saturday
    • Leaflet advertising the sale of land by the Niagara River, for building a navigable canal, 1847

      Cameron, Chantal (2016-07-12)
      A leaflet “To Capitalists and Manufacturers with a view to the more convenient and extensive use of the unlimited water power at the Falls of Niagara, the subscriber has located a large raceway, to serve also as a navigable canal, above the great Falls…This canal, about three-fourths of a mile in length, has been surveyed, and levels taken by an experienced Engineer, who estimates the whole cost of the canal, with its appurtenances, of sufficient capacity to afford water power for at least sixty run of mill stone, within the sum of Thirty thousand dollars…The subscriber now offers to sell the right of constructing and using such a canal, and so much land as may be desired, from twenty to one hundred acres at the lower termination thereof, to any person or persons who will undertake its immediate construction. Or he will sell a less interest, retaining a part, and contributing to the improvement. Further description of the property is not deemed necessary, but any desired information will be promptly communicated; and reference is made to William A. Bird, Esq. of Black Rock, and Peter Emslie, Esq., Civil Engineer, Buffalo.” The leaflet is dated at Niagara Falls, January 1847, by Augustus Porter. The inside of the leaflet contains a map of Niagara Falls and Village, showing the location of the proposed hydraulic canal and reservoir by P. Emslie, Civil Engineer. It also shows the Niagara River, the Falls, streets and roads. The map is dated December 1846.
    • Ledger Book

      Goul, Jen (2007-10)
      33cm x 22cm. Hardcover book with brown suede spine and corners and dark brown centre
    • Legal document involving John D M’Kay, Thomas Butler, and John Harris, February 5, 1828

      Cameron, Chantal (2015-02-23)
      A legal document involving John D M’Kay, Thomas Butler, and John Harris, dated February 5, 1828. The document was created by Richard Leonard, Sheriff of the District of Niagara. The document states that Leonard had been ordered to “cause to be levied of the lands and tenements of John D M’Kay as well a certain debt of six hundred pounds which Thomas Butler lately recovered in the said Court against the said John D M’Kay”. Leonard continues that “I did seize and take in execution of the said writ the lands and tenements...and have sold the same at public auction attending to the Statutes in such case made and provided to John Harris of the Township of Grimsby…for the sum of seven pounds ten shillings of lawful money of Upper Canada being the highest sum bid for the same.” The second paragraph of the document concerns a hundred acres of land in Grimsby. It states that “I the said Richard Leonard…by virtue of the said execution and of the Statutes in such case made and provided in consideration of the said sum of seven pounds ten shillings to me in hand paid by the said John Harris…and by these presents do grant, bargain and sell unto the said John Harris…in the Township of Grimsby…one hundred acres of land…and all the estate, right, title and interest of the said John D M’Cay of in and to the said parcel and tract of land”.
    • Letter addressed by Benjamin Bates (bearer of the memorial) to a Member of the Legislature, ca. 1812.

      Cameron, Chantal (2014-07-23)
      A 14-page manuscript with the caption title “The following Letter was addressed by Benjamin Bates (bearer of the memorial) to a Member of the Legislature”. The letter is a personal appeal made to a specific member of the Virginia Legislature, asking that the Quakers be excluded from serving in the military or paying a penalty. The letter often accompanied a Memorial and Petition of the Religious Society of Friends (commonly called Quakers) submitted to the Virginia Legislature, asking that they be exempted from military service or from paying a penalty for refusal to serve in the military, on the grounds that it conflicted with their pacifist religious beliefs. This was during the outset of the War of 1812 in the United States, where the failure of a national military draft prompted several states to recruit independently. Both documents were published in the Georgetown newspaper the Federal Republican on May 31, 1813.
    • Letter by Henry Dearborn to Captain Callender Irvine, August 14, 1802

      Cameron, Chantal (2022-03-29)
      A letter by Henry Dearborn, Secretary of the War Department, to Captain Callender Irvine, Indian agent to the Six Nations. The letter is 1 ½ pages and is dated War Department, August 14, 1802. The letter concerns tensions between the Seneca Indians and those living in the vicinity of the Canadian border. Dearborn writes that “It appears that uneasiness exists among the Seneca Indians and the white people in their neighborhood, a white man has been lately killed and another wounded by one of the Senecas—you will immediately visit the Senecas after calling on Major Porter Commanding Officer at Niagara, who I have requested to give you all the aid and advice in his power and who I wish may accompany you on your visit to the principal men of the Seneca Nation near Buffalo Creek—you will by all mild & friendly means in your power endeavor to satisfy the Indians, of the friendly intentions of the General Government towards them, and impress on their minds the absolute necessity of their rigid attention to the stipulations of the treaty existing between them and the United States and especially the restraining this young men and others from any hostile or unfriendly acts against the citizens of the United States—you will also endeavor to convince them of the necessity of…such punishment as the law may inflict on the Indian who has been guilty of the late outrageous murder.”
    • Letter by J. Pickering, Port Talbot, to Mr. Thorburn, Queenston, July 15, 1832

      Cameron, Chantal (2022-03-22)
      A letter by J. [Joseph] Pickering, Port Talbot, to [David] Thorburn, Queenston, dated July 15, 1832. The letter concerns a lost letter Pickering had posted at St. Thomas to Edward Fox in Buffalo. There are additional notes on the letter by post office officials (likely Alexander Hamilton, postmaster at Queenston) indicating that the letter had been delivered to Edward Fox. The letter is postmarked Port Talbot, July 19, 1832. Mr. Pickering writes that “I posted a letter at St. Thomas last April, containing $100...for Mr. Edwd. Fox, Buffalo. I have had a letter since from Mr. Fox stating the letter had not come to hand. I again immediately wrote to him that I had sent the money but have received no answer, tho it is a month since. I am told the letters cross at Queenston. You will oblige me, Sir, by stating in answer if the above letters were forwarded, or if the communication is stopped with the States…” A note initialed A.H. (likely Alexander Hamilton, postmaster at Queenston) states that “I find by my books a money letter for E Fox was sent to your office on 28 Apl. last”. A note following this states that “a letter from…Russel, PM, Buffalo says the letter has been delivered to Mr. Fox…”
    • Letter by J.R. Cooke, April 20, 1934

      Cameron, Chantal (2022-03-30)
      A printed letter written by J.R. Cooke, chairman of the hydro-electric power commission of Ontario, dated at Toronto, April 20, 1934. The letter is addressed “to those associated with the work of the ‘Hydro’ Utilities”. The letter concerns problems the Commission has had with public perception. It begins “although from its commencement Ontario’s municipally-owned Hydro undertaking has not been free from misrepresentation and has had to meet numerous attacks, yet during the last few years special effort has been made through various agencies to discount the achievements, and to place some of the affairs under the administration of the Hydro Commission before public attention in an unfavorable light”. Cooke uses the examples of the purchase of the Madawaska properties, the purchase of the Dominion Power and Transmission properties, and the purchase of power by the Commission from the Beauharnois Light Heat and Power Company to illustrate his point. These transactions were the subject of scrutiny and criticism, despite the findings of judges composing the Royal Commission. He adds that he has enclosed copies of a summary of the Royal Commission’s findings and asks that they be distributed and used for reference as needed. He concludes the letter by saying that “there are indications pointing to a renewal of intensified effort directed against this public institution. It is hoped that you may see your way clear to give Hydro matters further personal attention and assist in maintaining confidence in this great co-operative undertaking that has been so beneficial to the public of this Province, and the continued development of which is so essential to the advancement of our social, industrial and general welfare”.
    • Letter by J.W. Lyon, Secretary-Treasurer of the Great Waterways Union of Canada, to Ambrose Topping, with promotional material, Feb. 27, 1914

      Cameron, Chantal (2022-03-22)
      A letter by J.W. Lyon, Secretary-Treasurer of the Great Waterways Union of Canada, to Ambrose Topping, Kerwood, Ontario. The letter one page and is dated February 27, 1914. There are three pages of promotional material included with the letter. The letter asks that the enclosed promotional material be sent to council members and that Lyon would like to have the entire council accompany a deputation to Ottawa. It is noted in a post-script that the Hon. Adam Beck has been invited to accompany the deputation and has consented. The promotional material concerns the benefits of ocean navigation to the Great Lakes, the urgency of greater hydro power supply, and the need of a government subsidy to radial railways. It is written that “these three co-related subjects are the most urgent and important now before the people of Canada. The first a national question and fundamental. The others are incidental to this great national question, but are vital to the continued prosperity and progress of Ontario”. The letter concludes that “the purpose of the deputation is not to antagonize the Government, but to express appreciation of its prompt and energetic action in developing the New Welland Canal as a link in an Ocean to the Great Lakes waterway, and to urge the completion of the entire route at the earliest possible date”.
    • Letter by Jesse Duncan Elliott to Callender Irvine, May 29, 1813

      Cameron, Chantal (2022-03-29)
      A letter by Jesse Duncan Elliott to Callender Irvine informing him of the American capture of Fort George during the War of 1812. Irvine was the Commissary General of the United States Army at the time. The letter is 2 ½ pages and is dated May 29, 1813 from the US ship Madison, Niagara River. Elliott was the commander of the USS Madison. He writes that “I have again the satisfaction to inform you of another…victory…Fort George is ours with a moderate purchase the loss of 15 men killed & 60 wounded. The Enemies 65 killed…The particulars of the action [began?] on the night of the 27th. Boats…from Niagara River…when descending the river Fort George commenced a fire on them with little effect. Fort Niagara answered…” He later states that “the following morning our troops commenced…under firing under the immediate direction of Major Genl. Dearborn and under command of Major Genl. Lewis…first with Genl. Boyd, second Genl Winder and third Gen. Chandler. At 10 the troops landed under cover of the fire of the vessel, who had silenced the Battalion[?]…in the woods where they were supposed to be concealed our men were met on the beach and did land under a most grueling fire. The first division commanded by Genl. Boyd and Col. Scott consisting of 1000 men first reached the shore 1700 to oppose them…fired and did succeed in driving them into the woods. Scott was the honor of the Day….The British have retreated…for Queenston and…our troops will follow this morning…we have a force of 3000 men…” A small, clipped signature from JD Elliott is also included.
    • Letter by John Rittenhouse, July 17, 1867

      Cameron, Chantal (2022-03-29)
      A letter written by John R. Rittenhouse, Jordan, to his cousin. The envelope is addressed to Polly Weiss, Hobbie, Luzerne County, PA and is postmarked Jordan JY 22 1867. The letter is 2 ½ pages and concerns the harvest and family news. He writes that “I am well and I hope that you are the same. I received your kind letter and I was glad to hear from you and I got your picture to. I will take good care of it…but I wish that you was here to and then you could see where I work. It is about 1.5 miles from Lake Ontario and it is about 50 rods from the railroad so I can see the cars every day and it is about 2.5 miles to the first station. We have our own hay all made and the man that I work for got thirty loads of hay and we commenced our harvest now and the fall wheat looks good and I think it is loaded pretty good. The cherries are ripe now and there are a great many cherries on this place. My father and mother were down here last Sunday they came down on Saturday evening and stayed until Monday and then they went home and they were all well then. It is about thirty miles up hill to where my father and mother lives…”. A reply by Elizabeth Rittenhouse is written on the last page. She writes to her cousin and states that “it is with pleasure that I sit down to let you know that I am well and hope that you are the same. I don’t know any news to write, I wish that you was here to help pick the cherries they had some that was almost as large as a plum. I have no time to write much for it is time to go to meeting so no more for the present. I send my best respect to you answer soon”. A related letter by John R. Rittenhouse to Polly Weiss of Luzerne County, PA, dated June 17, 1867 is in RG 628, Brock University Archives.