Major-General G. Sterling Ryerson [ George Sterling Ansel Ryerson ] (1855-1925), Canadian physician and politician
The letter on his letterhead of Peaceacres, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario [ Canada ], with monogram 'ETR'. 1 October 1924.
LETTER: 3pp., 8vo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, with the Society's stamps and annotations. He apologises for being 'behind in my annual dues', explaining that he has 'suffered severely from the war, financially & personally - my wife went down in the Lusitania - and have had my means seriously reduced'. Nevertheless he would like to renew his subscription and would like to know 'on what terms I can rejoin the Society'. Docketed in pencil and ink on reverse of second leaf: 'Elected June 1911 | Paid 2 years | taken off Dec 1916' and '2.2 for arears £5.5 up to Xmas 1925'.
One page, 12mo, good condition. Note says: "If you have nothing to do, we cn make use of your services for 4 or 5 weeks, perhaps longer. | Please let me know if you can come." NOte: Weisz "found work in Montreal carving the frieze for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts at 1379 Sherbrooke St. W., then was contracted by Edward Wren to carve the stone shields representing Canada's nine provinces which decorate the Dominion Express Building at 201 St. Jacques St. W. Both examples of his work still remain."
Pauline Niven [ born Mary Pauline Thorne-Quelch (d.1968) ], wife of the Scots-Canadian novelist Frederick Niven [ Frederick John Niven ] (1878-1944) [ Sylvia Lynd [ née Dryhurst ] (1888-1952), poet ]
202B Victoria Street, Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. 23 September 1943.
8pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. An interesting letter, written four months before the death of her husband. She begins: 'Dearest Sylvia - | I meant to write to you last month because I am one of those tiresome people who remember anniversaries & it was in August that you both came down to the Windermere to see us.
Lord Amherst [ Field Marshal Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst ] (1717-1797), British army officer, conquerer of New France, Governor of Virginia, and Governor General of Canada
Without date or place.
On one side of an 8 x 16.5 cm piece of paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Cut from the end of a document, and reading: 'I have the honour to be | My Lord, | Your Lordship's | most obedient and | most humble servant | Amherst.' On reverse in another hand 'The first & great Lord Amherst'. Amherst is notorious for his use of biological warfare against Native American tribes in Canada in 1763.
'Baron Maseres' [ Francis Maseres ] (1741-1824), English lawyer, Attorney-General of the Province of Quebec
[ London. ] 5 March 1807.
1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with central spike hole. Addressed on reverse 'For Mr: Wilks, printer, in Chancery Lane'. Having received a letter from 'Dr: Mackay' he gives instructions regarding copies of the fifth volume of the book, 'which he proposes to be sent to Newcastle and Inverness, and other places in Scotland'. If Wilks has not received copies from the bindery, he should 'take the said six copies back from Mr: Maseres's chambers'. He also asks for a copy to be sent to Dr Aikin.
James Kelly [ James Butler Knill Kelly ] (1832-1907), Bishop of Newfoundland [ Edward Feild (1801-1876), second Bishop of Newfoundland ]
Newfoundland. 5 September 1876.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Addressed to an unnamed woman ('My dear Madam'). On embossed letterhead. Feild, the subject of the letter, is not named. Kelly begins by acknowledging the recipient's letter, sent through 'Mrs Feild', before continuing: 'Some years have now elapsed since I had the pleasure of meeting & being introduced to you at the meeting which the Master of Clare [i.e. the Cambridge college] was kind enough to allow me to address in the Combination Room of my old College.
Charles Watts, Editor of 'Secular Thought' [ Toronto, Canada ]
Toronto: "Secular Thought" Office, 31 Adelaide St. East. Undated.
24pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Divided into five sections: 'Atheism and Social Order', 'Indications of a Great Struggle', 'Orthodox Misrepresentation', 'The Horrors of the French Revolution' and 'The Causes of the Excesses'. Scarce: only two copies on WorldCat and no copies on COPAC.
93pp., 4to. Bound with pink ribbon in buff card wraps. Creasing to front cover and first few leaves, otherwise in good condition, on aged paper, in aged and worn wraps. Ownership inscription on front cover and title-page: 'Robins MIllar | 9 Park Quadrant | Glasgow C3'. A high-society comedy, set in London. No record regarding this play has been discovered. Millar's papers are in the University of Glasgow.
107pp., 4to. Stapled and attached with pink ribbon. Aged and worn, with last few leaves detached, with worn front cover only also detached. With a couple of manuscript emendations. Millar begins a full-page introduction: 'The mood of this play is gay comedy. | It arises from the threat of gossip in a small country town.' No record regarding this play has been discovered. Millar's papers are in the University of Glasgow.
John Coulter (1888-1980), Irish Canadian playwright [ Laurence Olivier ]
'Please return to: Laurence Olivier Productions, St. James' Theatre, King Street, London, S.W.1.' [ Circa 1951. ]
136pp., 4to. Duplicated typescript (by Catherine Billinghust, Westminster) with pages on rectos only. Bound in grey card wraps, with red and black cloth spine and title typed on front cover. In good condition, with light signs of age and wear. '12' in manuscript at head of cover. 'Sleep My Pretty One' has been described as 'a study of a young girl driven to distraction by the death of her mother and the, to her, totally unacceptable remarriage of her father'.
Sir David William Smith (1764-1837) of Pickering in Upper Canada, and of Preston, County Northumberland
[ Alnwick, Northumberland. ] 21 March 1831.
1p., 12mo. On bifolium. In very good condition. Having asked Thorp's son to ask him to 'turn this' in his mind, he writes again on behalf of the Duke, who would like 'the names of such gentry, as might be made Depy. Lieuts. Mr. Adamson complaining of their want at Hexcham - Avonlea - & some other places'. The only name that Smith can recollect is that of 'Mr. Mitford, of Mitford Castle, who is desirous of acting'.
Charles Grant, Vicomte de Vaux [Major-General Charles Viscount Grant de Vaux] (1749-1818), soldier and author, born on the island of Mauritius [Henry Bathurst, 3rd Earl Bathurst (1762-1834)]
Grant Cottage, King's Road, Sloane Square [London]. 21 January 1813.
2pp., cr.8vo (30 x 18.5cm). In fair condition, aged and worn, with slight damage to one corner, resulting in loss of one word of text. 62 lines of text, with deletions and emendations, and the thirteen lines of the conclusion largely rewritten. Headed: 'To the Right Honorable | the Earl of [sic] Bathurst | His Majestys Principal Secretary of State for the Colonial & War Department, | &c &c &c | the Memorial of Major General Charles Viscount Grant de Vaux | Shewest [sic]'.
Bertrand Edward Dawson, Viscount Dawson of Penn (1864-1945), physician-in-ordinary to King George V [Canada; University of Toronto; Calgary Canadian Club; American College of Surgeons; medicine]
From various locations in North America, with the copies of Dawson's replies from London: dating from between November 1929 and July 1930.
The 46 items are in good condition, on aged paper, with 33 items (dating from December 1929 to July 1930) in one bundle; and 13 items (dating from between November 1929 and July 1930) in another; the second bundle described in a typed covering note as containing 'INVITATIONS TO STAY'. An interesting collection, showing the connections between American and British medicine during the period, as well as the network of North American medical faculties.
Major Freeman Freeman-Thomas (1866-1941), 1st Marquess of Willingdon, Liberal politician, 13th Governor-General of Canada
On his monogrammed letterhead of Government House, Ottawa [Canada]. 9 January 1931.
1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed by hand to 'My dear Watson'. He thanks him for his 'charming letter', adding that the 'generous encouragement of all our friends is a great help to my wife and myself in undertaking this great duty and service to the Empire'. Concluding in autograph, he writes: 'I see you are still on yr. march, so come & pay us a visit in India | Yrs. sincerely | Willingdon'.
Goldwin Smith (1823-1910), Anglo-Canadian historian, Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford, 1858-1866 [John Thomson Pagan of Oak Lodge, Guildford]
On letterhead of Mortimer House, Reading. 22 February 1867.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with light stain from mount at head of reverse of second leaf. He begins by thanking the unnamed recipient for his 'kind attention to my request' and giving his coming address at Guildford as 'J. Pagan's Esqre | Oak Lodge'.
John Percival Day (1880-1949), Professor of Economics, McGill University, Montreal [University of St Andrews; University of London; Stephen Leacock]
Dundee School of Social Study and Training (University of St Andrews), Scotland; McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Dating from between 1920 and 1942.
A total of 1290 pages, in six 4to notebooks. Internally clean, on lightly aged paper, in worn and repaired bindings, with the back cover of one of the volumes loose. Day has signed three of the covers, and decorated the cover of one volume with the crests of three Universities: Montenegro, St Andrews and London. All the texts are carefully written out Day's neat, close hand, with tables and graphs, some titles in red ink, and occasional pencil annotations. A list of the contents of the six volumes ends this description.
Robert Machray (1831-1904), first Primate of the Church of England in Canada [now the Anglican Church of Canada [Bishop of Rupert's Land; Primate of All Canada; Rev. Charles Alfred Jones (1837-1909)]
On letterhead of the Bishop's Court, Winnipeg, Manitoba [Canada]. 23 March 1891.
2pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper. Addressed to 'My dear friend', the letter concerns the ordination of a 'man' who 'seems promising'. He states that it will be necessary before accepting him to ask for a college testimonial: 'This is adviseable [sic] lest there be anything of which you do not know.' After discussing the 'Exam[inatio]n. for Deacon's orders' he states: 'I am glad to see that you are Rural Dean of Dedham. The Dean told me that he had seen your appointment, but it escaped me.' He is 'holding an Ordination on Whitsunday.
F. Clarke, M.A., Professor of Education in McGill University, Montreal [University of London Institute of Education]
[University of London Institute of Education.] Published for the Institute of Education by Oxford University Press. London: Humphrey Milford. 1934.
29 + pp., 4to. In grey printed wraps. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn wraps. Stamps, shelfmarks and label of the Ministry of Education Reference Library, London. Eight copies on COPAC.
'The Chief Superintendent of Schools' [Adolphus Egerton Ryerson (1803-1882), Chief Superintendent of Education for Upper Canada]
Both items: Toronto: Printed for the Department of Public Instruction for Upper Canada, by Lovell and Gibson. 'The Common School Acts': Second edition. 1853. 'General Provisions': 1854.
The two items bound together in green morocco quarter-binding with marbled boards. On aged paper, with front board and title leaf of first pamphlet detached from rest of volume, and lacking spine. Label, shelfmark and stamp of the Board of Education Reference Library. ONE: 'The Common School Acts of Upper Canada; and the Forms, Instructions, and Regulations for executing their Provisions; together with the Particulars Addressed to the Various Officers concerned in the Administration of the School Law; By the Chief Superintendent of Schools.' 143 + 1pp., 12mo.
J. George Hodgins, LL.D., Deputy Minister [Ontario Educational Exhibit, International Exhibition, Philadelphia, 1876]
Toronto: Printed by Hunter, Rose & Co., 25 Wellington St West. 1877.
vii +  + 306pp., 8vo. With sixteen plates (of engraved illustrations and plans) and fold-out frontispiece as called for. In grey printed wraps. Shelfmark and labels of the Board of Education Reference Library, London.
J. George Hodgins, LL.B., Deputy Superintendent of Education, Department of Public Instruction for Upper Canada, editor [nineteenth-century Canadian education]
Toronto: Printed for the Department of Public Instruction for Upper Canada, by Lovell and Gibson. 1860.
88pp., 12mo. In green printed wraps, with front cover carrying the title, which continues: 'Edited under the authority of the Chief Superintendent of Education, with Notes and References, by J. George Hodgins, LL.B., Deputy Superintendent.' In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. With shelfmark and labels of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. Only four copies on OCLC WorldCat.
[Canada, Privy Council; John Kelly Barrettt; Archbishop of St Boniface; Rev. George Bryce; William Hespeler; Alexander Polson; John Sutherland; C. Taylor; J. Dubuc; J. Bain]
Printed by Order of Parliament. Ottawa: Printed by Brown Chamberin, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty. 1891.
55pp., 8vo. In blue printed wraps. In fair condition, on aged paper, in worn and torn wraps. With stamp, shelfmark and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. Divided into nineteen sections, including affidavits of John Kelly Barrettt; Archbishop of St Boniface; Rev. George Bryce; William Hespeler; Alexander Polson; John Sutherland; and Judgments of Court in banc. by C. Taylor; J. Dubuc (Dissenting) and J. Bain.
[Canada, Privy Council; Catholic Session Board of Education of Manitoba; Hon. Mr. Prendergast, M.P.P.; Legislative Assembly of Manitoba; Bishop of Three Rivers; Archbishop of St. Boniface]
Printed by Order of Parliament. Session 1891. Ottawa: Printed by Brown Chamberlin, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty. 1891.
 + 74pp., 8vo. In blue printed wraps. In fair condition, aged and lightly creased, in worn wraps. With stamp, shelfmark and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, London. Eight documents, by: Catholic Episcopate of Canada; Catholic Session Board of Education of Manitoba; Hon. Mr. Prendergast, M.P.P.; certain Members of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba; Bishop of Three Rivers; Archbishop of St. Boniface; Roman Catholics of Manitoba. 7 copies of this English version (there is also a French one) on OCLC WorldCat, all in North America.
['The Brown-Campbell Crusade against the Educational Department for Upper Canada' (George Brown; James Campbell); Augustus Egerton Ryerson; John Lovell; Thomas Nelson; the Montreal Globe]
Montreal: Printed by John Lovell, St. Nicholas Street. 1866.
Full title: '[Printed item.] The School Book Question: Letters in reply to the Brown-Campbell Crusade against the Educational Department for Upper Canada: with copious notes, further illustrating and confirming what is contained in letters, and refuting various other misstatements which have appeared in the "Globe" since their publication. | 1. First Letter of Rev. Dr. Ryerson. | 2. Letter of Mr. John Lovell. | 3. Second Letter of Rev. Dr. Ryerson. | 4. Third Letter of Rev. Dr. Ryerson. (Seven additional misstatements corrected.) | 5. Correspondence of Mr.
'By the Superintendent of Schools for Upper Canada [Adolphus Egerton Ryerson (1803-1882)]'
'Printed by order of the Legislative Assembly.' Montreal: Printed by Lovell and Gibson, Saint Nicholas Street. 1847.
72pp., 12mo. With four fold-out tables. Stitched. No covers. With labels and shelfmark of the Education Department Reference Library, London (one of which, on the title-page, covers the words 'Printed by order of the Legislative Assembly.'). On aged and worn paper. The report proper covers pp.4-20, and is signed in type 'EGER. RYERSON.' Four copies found on OCLC WorldCat.
J. George Hodgins, M.A. Deputy Superintendent of Education for Upper Canada, editor
Toronto: Printed for the Department of Public Instruction for Upper Canada, by Lovell and Gibson. 1857.
216pp., 8vo, paginated i-viii, 6-212. With numerous engravings of views and plans of schools, 'school architecture' (desks, blackboards and so on), and diagrams and illustrations of gymnastics. Divided into three sections: 'School Architecture', 'School Economy and Discipline' and 'Selections for public Recitation in Schools'. Two-page appendix: 'New Brick School House at Simcoe, County of Norfolk'. In original printed wraps of cloth backed with card. In fair condition, on aged paper, in heavily worn wraps. The volume contains an interesting selection of stamps and labels.
John Reade (1837-1919), Irish-born Canadian journalist, essayist and poet, 'the grand old man of Canadian letters', literary editor of the Montreal Gazette
270 Laval Avenue, Montreal [Canada]. 9 and 18 October 1897.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper, with a couple of short closed tears along creases. The body of the letter, written on 9 October 1897, reads: 'Dear Sir, | I have published only one small volume of verse which has long been out of print ['The Prophecy of Merlin and other Poems', published in 1870]. I will see if from some friend I can borrow a copy to send you. | I have written some occasional and other verse besides that of the little book, but for some years have done little expect writing for the press.' In a postscript of 18 October 1897, signed 'J.
Rev. Vincent Clementi, B.A., incumbent of North Douro, Ontario, Canada
Peterborough [Ontario]: Printed by Robert Romaine, Market Block. 1872.
15pp., 12mo. Stitched. In original mustard printed wraps. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn wraps with closed tear at spine. Attractive red and white label of the Education Department Reference Library laid down on blank back cover, and shelfmark and label at head of title-page. On title-page: 'The proceeds of the sale of this Sermon will be added to the fund now being raised for the purpose of erecting a new Chapel.' The only copy on COPAC at the British Library, and five other copies in Canada on OCLC WorldCat.