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Magrath family, Erindale English
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Personal correspondence to William Magrath

File consists of letters written to William Magrath from various family members and acquaintences. Topics include farming, ecclesiastical politics, financial affairs, and Charles' desire that William control the Erindale property.

During an earlier archival description the items in this file were assigned numbers A2.2-A2.7. Transcriptions for these documents may be located by number in Series 6 .

Magrath family, Erindale

Family correspondence to Charles Magrath

File consists of letters written from March 1867 to February 1874 to Charles Magrath from various family members. Topics include the destruction of the Erindale house by fire and aftermath as well as other family news.

During an earlier archival description the items in this file were assigned numbers A1.75-A1.83. Transcriptions for these documents may be located by number in Series 6.

Magrath family, Erindale

Family correspondence to Charles Magrath

File consists of letters written from September 1845 to December 1846 to Charles Magrath in Ireland and elsewhere by various family members. Topics include Charles' wish to study law, Tom's travels, Dean affair, crops, ships leaving for Toronto.

During an earlier archival description the items in this file were assigned numbers A1.66-A1.74. Transcriptions for these documents may be located by number in Series 6.

Magrath family, Erindale

Transcriptions

Series consists of typescript transcriptions of early Magrath letters and documents produced by descendents, most likely members of the Sayers family. Occasionally the transcriptionist provides additional annotations relating information about the family. Not every document in the fonds or in series of the fonds has been transcribed.

Note that an earlier archival description of this fonds applied a number to each original document (notated in pencil on the document). The corresponding transcription has been annotated with the same number.

Magrath family, Erindale

Family correspondence to Charles Magrath

File consists of letters written from August to September 1845 to Charles Magrath in Ireland from various family members in Canada. Topics include harvest celebration, fires, arson, camp meeting with Indigenous peoples known at that time as the Credit Indians, use of ear trumpet.

During an earlier archival description the items in this file were assigned numbers A1.55-A1.65. Transcriptions for these documents may be located by number in Series 6.

Magrath family, Erindale

Family correspondence to Charles Magrath

File consists of letters written from May to July 1845 to Charles Magrath in Ireland from various family members in Canada. Topics include financial shortfalls, new railroad, bad droughts, storms, stage between Toronto and Streetsville, fire in Quebec City, attendence at a concert, poultry, and local crimes.

During an earlier archival description the items in this file were assigned numbers A1.44-A1.54. Transcriptions for these documents may be located by number in Series 6.

Magrath family, Erindale

Magrath-Harris ledger

File consists of a ledger notebook used by different family members at different times. In the nineteenth century the book was used to record what appears to be posthumous financial information regarding the estate of William Magrath. In the mid-twentieth century the book was used by Naomi Harris at "Benares" (Clarkson, Ontario) to record lists of stocks and payments to "Huron St. accounts." Harris notes that she is using an old book of grandfather's.

Magrath family, Erindale

Family correspondence to Charles Magrath

File consists of letters written from March to May 1845 to Charles Magrath in Ireland from various family members in Canada. Topics include pleasure in letters, of Indigenous peoples known at that time as the Credit Indians and soapmaking, Dean affair, settling Irish property. Includes a note from a child.

During an earlier archival descriptions the items in this file were assigned numbers A1.33-A1.43. Transcriptions for these documents may be located by number in Series 6.

Magrath family, Erindale

Enclosures extracted from Day Book

File consists of receipts and other types of financial correspondence tucked between leaves of the Day Book. The original locations within the Day Book have been noted for each enclosure.

Magrath family, Erindale

Transcriptions

File consists of transcriptions of documents from Files 1 to 2 of Series 2, and File 1 of Series 4, of this fonds. Transcriptions were produced by Magrath descendents, possibly members of the Sayers family. Letters transcribed in this file are numbered C1.1 to D1.4 according to a previous numbering system.

Magrath family, Erindale

Financial records

Series consists of records kept largely in the course of administering the Erindale Estate and farms. Records include account books, receipts, statements of credit, and calculations. A small amount of material pertains to the personal finances of a Magrath descendent, Naomi Harris.

Magrath family, Erindale

Land indentures

File consists of two deeds for land in Ireland, one between Peter Langworth and Bryan Kenney and other between Thomas Magrath and James and Laughlin Lennon.

Magrath family, Erindale

Transcriptions

File consists of transcriptions of letters and other documents from Files 9 to 11 of Series 1 of this fonds. Transcriptions were produced by Magrath descendants, possibly members of the Sayers family. Letters transcribed in this file are numbered A2.1 to A4.2 according to a previous numbering system.

Magrath family, Erindale

Family correspondence to Charles Magrath

File consists of letters written from November 1844 to March 1845 to Charles Magrath in Ireland from various family members in Canada. Topics include society life, Christmas preparation, the Dean affair, local suicide attempt, Toronto hot baths, and Dixie and Grantham argument.

During an earlier archival description the items in this file were assigned numbers A1.22-A.32. Transcriptions for these documents may be located by number in Series 6.

Magrath family, Erindale

Loose ledger sheets

File consists of loose pages from an accounting ledger with entries and calculations. The sheets do not appear to come from the Day Book (File 2).

Magrath family, Erindale

Plans of Erindale Estate and environs

File consists of hand-drawn plans of land within and around the Erindale estate variously showing locations of buildings, crops, geological features, roads, and land ownership or transfer. These include Plan of the Erindale Estate by S. James (Ontario Land Surveyor); tracing of the latter; Erindale House Barns &c. &c.; and plan of lots for sale bounded by owners Moore, Archibald and Main Street.

Magrath family, Erindale

Family correspondence to Charles Magrath

File consists of letters written from October to November 1844 to Charles Magrath in Ireland from various family members in Canada. Topics include politics, elections, storms, marriages, John Stachan's wedding, the Dean affair, and thoughts about Ireland.

During an earlier archival description the items in this file were assigned numbers A1.11-A1.21. Transcriptions for these documents may be located by number in Series 6.

Magrath family, Erindale

Day Book, Erindale Estate

File consists of a ledger comprising accounts of the Erindale Estate kept by William Magrath. Accounting commences in 1867 with the construction of the second Erindale home and alludes to the destruction of the original house by fire. The ledger comprises a record of the Magrath family's dealings with local persons and businesses.

Magrath family, Erindale

Sayings and Doings of the Self-styled Royal Family by J. K. Dean

File consists of photocopy of a booklet written and published by J. K. Dean, a school teacher at the Credit. The publication was an attempt to discredit the Magrath family by accusing them of dishonesty, misconduct, immorality, slander, perjury, and cowardice. It prompted the Magraths to bring a libel suit against Dean in which the court ruled in the family's favour. Letters in files 1 to 8 of Series 1 of this fonds refer to the proceedings and to Dean as "the Enemy." The contents of this file constitute a copy of the booklet apparently housed at the Toronto Reference Library and may have been collected by a Magrath descendent.

Magrath family, Erindale

Dwelling House for William McGrath Esq're

File consists of two architectural plans for the new Erindale house rendered by Gundy and Langley Architects of Toronto and commissioned by William Magrath. The plans show facades and floorplans as well as projected uses for rooms.

Magrath family, Erindale

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