• Letter by Nelson Hagle concerning payment for military service in the Mackenzie Rebellion of 1837-39, December 29, 1890

      Cameron, Chantal (2022-03-22)
      A letter by Nelson Hagle to an unknown recipient concerning a request for payment for military service in the Mackenzie Rebellion of 1837-39. The letter is dated December 29, 1890. Hagle asks if the recipient will take his case and proceeds to outline his various roles during the Mackenzie Rebellion. He notes that he has never received any compensation for his service but now is in need of money.
    • Letter by T. Pickering to Samuel Hodgson, May 17, 1793

      Cameron, Chantal (2022-03-29)
      A letter written by Timothy Pickering to Samuel Hodgson, dated at Niagara, May 17, 1793. The letter concerns relations with the Indians and a description of Niagara Falls. A partially transcribed letter is included here. Dear Sir, We have just arrived at this place and learn that the Western Indians will not be assembled at Sandusky till a good while after the…The Chief of the hostile Indians say however that they are determined to meet the Commissioner of the U. States but the remote places where the numerous tribes will come to the Treaty will unavoidably make them late in arriving. We have had a view of the mighty falls of Niagara. The immense body of water tumbling over the precipice strikes the beholder…as much…height from which it falls. This is committed to the care of Mr. Thos. Morris, who is just setting out for Canandaigua. I remain sincerely yours T. Pickering
    • Letter by Thomas Davis to James Syons, September 14, 1841

      Cameron, Chantal (2022-03-29)
      A letter written by Thomas Davis, New York, to James Syons, Civil Engineer, St. Catharines, Upper Canada. The letter is dated September 14, 1841 and concerns a missing deed. The writer states that “Wm. Band is much in want of his deed for the division of the [?], Staten Island. He says you had it to run the lines for the division fences[?], and that he has not seen it since. Please advise me where it can be found, or if you have it with you, please enclose it to me or W. Band…” The letter is postmarked New York, Sept. 15 and Queenston, Sept. 20.
    • Letter by W.B. Hamilton, Penetanguishene, to Richard Miller, St. Catharines, May 25, 1853

      Cameron, Chantal (2022-03-22)
      A letter by W.B. Hamilton, Penetanguishene, to Richard Miller, St. Catharines, of Messr. Miller & Boomer. The letter concerns land values and hopes of a railway in the Penetanguishene area and is dated May 25, 1853. Hamilton mentions an enclosed agreement concerning Jacques Parisian [Praisien], one of the Drummond Island Voyageurs who had settled at Penetanguishene. However, the agreement is no longer attached.
    • Letter by Z. Bartlett to Freeman Nye, 1813

      Cameron, Chantal (2022-03-31)
      A letter by Dr. Zacheus Bartlett to his nephew Freeman Nye, Champlain, New York, August 1, 1813. The letter comments on the war of 1812. Bartlett states that “this disgraceful and wanton war already has carried distress to the cradles and firesides of us—upon the borders of the Atlantic—God grant a speedy end to the authority of its weak or wicked authors’… a kind providence…cloths our fields with full crops, but a deep gloom over shadows every face, once the abode of cheerfulness…”
    • Letter from Augustus S. Porter to Walter Bryant, June 9, 1853

      Cameron, Chantal (2022-03-22)
      A letter from Augustus S. Porter of Niagara Falls, New York, to Walter Bryant, an attorney in Boston, Massachusetts. The letter concerns a parcel of riverfront land in Niagara and the rights of public use or benefit. Bryant represents an unspecified company that would like to secure the land for their own use.
    • Letter from B.H. Thompson to Mary Thompson, August 6, 1848

      Cameron, Chantal (2018-07-03)
      A letter from B.H. Thompson, dated at Stanwix Hall, Albany, August 6, 1848, to Mary Thompson, New York. The letter describes Thompson’s trip from New York to Albany, and from there to Buffalo and Niagara Falls. He comments on the sites he expects to see on his trip, stating that “…I shall proceed to the falls, & probably have courage enough to pass both under & over the great cataract. Mr. Elliott has driven a pair of horse & carriage over his high (wire) suspension bridge, and surely a person after that may venture to walk over it. When I return, if my money holds out & my courage holds good, I may visit the Springs where the great, the powerful, the talented & the beautiful do annually congregate to while away a few idle hours, and spend a few useless dollars.” The St. Catharines mineral baths and salt springs became very popular around the middle of the 19th century, attracting the elite in Canada, as well as wealthy Americans.
    • Letter from Daniel Webster, 1841

      Adams, Anne (2019-07-29)
      One letter which is comprised of one leaf handwritten on both sides. A picture of Daniel Webster is in the upper left-hand corner and the letter is signed by Daniel Webster.
    • Letter from George Cran regarding a Christian mission in India, 1803.

      Adams, Anne (2012-04-17)
      1 double sided, handwritten 3 page letter A letter to Mr. W. Smith of Aberdeen Shire regarding the plan for a Christian mission on the coast of Coromandel, India written by George Cran, on November 19th, 1803.
    • Letter from John R. Rittenhouse, 1867

      Adams, Anne (2018-01-09)
      A 2 ½ page letter and envelope. The letter is from John R. Rittenhouse. There is a postmark of Jordan, Ontario, July 7, 1867. There is a 10 cent stamp on the envelope. The letter is addressed to his cousin, Miss Polly Weiss of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
    • Letter from W.A. Wilcox to James Wilcox, November 16, 1910

      Cameron, Chantal (2017-09-22)
      A letter addressed to James Wilcox, Niagara Falls South, Ontario, from W.A. Wilcox, dated at Anniston, Alabama, November 16, 1910. The letterhead on the stationary reads “The Bishop of Alabama, Anniston”. The letter details Wilcox’s hardships, writing that “As a last resort I am writing to you…we are facing starvation—for the last 2 days we have had nothing but coffee and bread…both of us are suffering with cold and hunger, all I ask is some money to keep us from starving”.
    • Letter to A.K. Boomer of the Niagara District Agricultural Society, 1845

      Adams, Anne (2016)
      One handwritten, 2 page letter to A.K. Boomer, secretary of the Niagara District Agricultural Society.
    • Letter to Henry A. Dearborn

      Adams, Anne (2019-07-23)
      1 letter to Henry Dearborn from Matthew Clark regarding Commodore Barney and his actions in the Chesapeake Bay
    • Letter to Henry Hall

      Adams, Anne (2019-07-23)
      1 letter addressed to Henry Hall from Thomas Mendenhall
    • Letter to Messrs. Brown McDonell & Co., August 12, 1859

      Cameron, Chantal (2022-03-29)
      A letter to Messrs. Brown McDonell & Co., Thorold, dated August 12, 1859 at London. The writer’s name is illegible. The letter concerns Welland Railway bonds. The writer states that “We beg to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 20th & to acquaint you that as directed, we have transferred from your name in our books £5000 Welland Railway bonds, & the half years interest thereon due 1st July, amounting to £150 into the name of the Hon. W. H. Merritt”. The letter was originally addressed to Messrs. Brown McDonell & Co., St. Catharines, Canada West, but St. Catharines is crossed out and Thorold written below. The letter is postmarked London, AU 12 59 and Thorold AU 30 1859.
    • Letter to Mr. Henry H. Collier, 1837

      Adams, Anne (2013-04-22)
      1 double-sided handwritten letter addressed to Henry H. Collier, Bath, Steuben Co. N.Y. and dated May 28, 1837. There is a St. Catharines postmark which is barely visible. In the centre of the postmark, someone has written May 30/37 in ink. The letter is signed by Richard Collier who could have been the father or the brother of the recipient. In the letter, the writer says that he has sent $30 which will pay the recipient’s board. He has also sent $10 more and will continue to send money. He speaks of Sabbath School and mentions a Mr. Ryerson who preached at a missionary meeting. The writer seems concerned about the food that the recipient is eating and he advises Mr. Collier to make no sacrifices of his health.
    • Letter to Mr. Josiah Matlock, 1852

      Adams, Anne (2016)
      One 1 page handwritten letter
    • Letter to Mr. Walsh, Registrar Office, 1836

      ; Adams, Anne (2013-04-22)
      1 handwritten letter addressed to _____ Walsh Esq., Registrar Office, Vittoria, Long Point. The letter is dated Sept. 10, 1836 on the inside, but Sept 12, 1836 on the outside and it is from Fort Erie. The content of the letter concerns 200 acres of land in the township of Charlottville, Long Point which were bequeathed to Mr. Warren’s brother by Benjamin Hardison in 1823. The deed to this land is missing and Mr. Warren is asking for assistance in ascertaining which lot his brother was bequeathed.
    • Letter to William Collver or John Roberts, 1849

      Adams, Anne (2013-04-11)
      1 handwritten letter (2 pages) 25 x 20 cm.
    • Letter to William Lyon Mackenzie from Wolfred Nelson, 1851

      Cameron, Chantal (2022-03-31)
      A letter to William Lyon Mackenzie from Wolfred Nelson, dated April 28, 1851. Nelson congratulates Mackenzie on his election to Parliament as the representative for Haldimand County. Nelson was also a member of Parliament who represented Richelieu. The two men were both reformers who were prominent figures in the Upper and Lower Canada Rebellions in 1837 and 1838. Nelson writes “allow me to congratulate you on your election. This is a great moral triumph. It is a proof that you have not lost the esteem or the confidence of your old friends…Now that we have in name and substance a truly constitutional govt we will strenuously maintain it, and then convince mankind that we were quite justified in protesting as we did against the abuse that was oppressing us into slavery…I am proud of your success, as it tends to confirm my own position, and I am delighted, for the character of the Canadian yeomanry, not, you permit me to say, that Mr. Brown has been defeated, because it is my conviction he would prove an acquisition to the Reform party, but it strikes me you had peculiar claims with the people of Upper Canada, and nobly have they acknowledged it. I should like to have my seat beside you in the House because I am perfectly assured that in all governmental matters we shall go together…” He continues that “we are both getting to be old men, but thank a most beneficent Providence we both possess that mental and bodily vision which is in truth the best qualities a man can have for passing through the transitory life with honour and utility and which confers more dignity of character than governors or courts can bestow…I feel happy in the impression that people will say ‘Mackenzie and Nelson have acted upon principle, and to it have sacrificed every thing, if in error, the men are still deserving of respect; not so Papineau whose every action it is now clear was based upon the most selfish motives…”