Fonds F 1027 - AE. Irving fonds

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AE. Irving fonds

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CA ON00009 F 1027

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  • 1835-1911 (Creation)

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17 m of textual records
ca. 50 maps

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Aemilius Irving was born in Leamington, England, on 24 March 1823 to Jacob Aemilius Irving and Catherine Diana Homfray. The family lived in France before immigrating to Upper Canada in 1834. They settled in Lundy's Lane and later moved to Newmarket. He married August Louisa Gugyon on 3 June 1851 and had eight children. Irving attended Upper Canada College in Toronto. He was admitted to law school in 1844 and was called to the Bar in 1849. He articled with Joseph Clarke Gamble in Toronto. He moved to Galt in 1851, serving as Clerk of the Peace for Waterloo County. He later served as legal counsel for the Great Western Railway and for the Government of Ontario during the Settlement of Accounts Arbitration. Irving was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1863. He served as a bencher (1874-1893) and Treasurer (1893-1913) of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Irving was a Member of Parliament for Hamilton, elected in the general election of 1874 and again in a by-election in 1875. He died on 27 November 1913.

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Fonds consists of Aemilius Irving's records relating to his role as counsel for the Ontario government during disputes with the federal government. Included are: correspondence, notes, drafts, clippings, financial schedules and statements, telegrams, some printed court records, transcripts, evidence collected to support the Ontario position in the arbitration proceedings, typed transcripts of the proceedings of arbitration between Canada and the provinces of Quebec and Ontario, printed copies of court documents, copies of printed government records and publications, and copies of court cases unrelated to the arbitration. Fonds also contains blotter copy letterbooks of Aemilius Irving. Fonds has, for the most part, been kept in its original arrangement, which consisted of the arrangement of records into consecutively numbered packages, with each package containing records relating to a particular subject or court action.

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Some of the records in this fonds were transferred to the Archives of Ontario in 1905 by the Ontario Department of the Provincial Secretary. No acquisition information is available for other records in the fonds.


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The fonds is available on microfilm.

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All records are closed for conservation reasons. Researchers must use the self service microfilm.

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Copyright held by creator. These materials cannot be published without permission from the copyright holder.

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For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:

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