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Finding Aid - John Smith fonds (PF15)

John Smith fonds

1759-1891
 
13 cm of textual records


Biographical Sketch
John Smith (fl. 1853-1880) was a business agent and attorney in Dereham Township, Oxford County, Ontario.
 
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created and maintained by business agent and attorney, John Smith. The fonds primarily documents his dealings with two clients, Robert Gourlay, and his daughter, Helen Gourlay. These dealings centre on land transactions and disputes with tenants over land owned by the Gourlay's in Dereham Township, Oxford County, Ontario. The fonds documents the lives of Robert Gourlay and his family, through correspondence and various publications maintained by Smith. There is a possibility that Alexander Duncan or Justice Riddell added records to those originally maintained by Smith. The fonds is divided into five series based on format: correspondence and notebook, financial records, legal records, published material and poem, and sketches.
 
Restrictions
No restrictions on access.

PF15-1 Correspondence and notebook

1759-1891
3.5 cm of textual records

Scope and Content
Series consists of correspondence created or maintained by John Smith, primarily in his capacity as a business agent and attorney. The correspondence focuses on his business dealings with several individuals, including Robert Gourlay, Helen Gourlay, and Alexander R. Duncan, grandson of Robert Gourlay. The correspondence also documents the personal relationship between Helen Gourlay and Mrs. Smith. Also included is correspondence from Robert Gourlay to Helen Gourlay, which was maintained by Smith. The series also includes transcribed copies of correspondence sent by Alex Hamilton to his aunt, Jean Hamilton Henderson, mother of Gourlay's first wife. Also included is a letter by Robert Gourlay to King George IV, written while incarcerated in Cold Bath Fields House of Correction. Several files contain the original envelope in which the correspondence was mailed. Included in the series is a notebook containing transcribed religious texts, as well as an 1824 letter by Robert Gourlay, written while incarcerated in Cold Bath Fields House of Correction. The creator of the religious text transcriptions is unknown.
 
Reference code / Title / Date
984045-001 Copies of correspondence sent by Alex Hamilton (1813, 1827). -- [186-?]
984045-002 Copies of correspondence sent by John Smith. -- 1857-1866
984045-003 Correspondence received by Helen Gourlay. -- 1850-[186-?]
984045-004 Correspondence received by John Smith. -- 1853-1880
984045-005 Correspondence received by Mrs. Smith. -- 1870-1891
984045-006 Notebook. -- 1759-1824
984045-026 Letter from Robert Gourlay to King George IV. -- 20 Oct. 1825

PF15-2 Financial records

1855-1864
1.5 cm of textual records

Scope and Content
Series consists of financial records created and maintained by John Smith, in his capacity as a business agent and attorney. The series primarily documents his business and legal dealings with two clients, Helen Gourlay and Robert Gourlay. The series includes promissory notes, bills, lists of account transactions, receipts, a list of lands and names of tenants, a valuation of land for rents, and a cheque.
 
Reference code / Title / Date
984045-007 Financial records re: Helen Gourlay. -- 1859-1864
984045-008 Financial records re: Robert Gourlay. -- 1855-1861
984045-009 Miscellaneous financial records. – 1860

PF15-3 Legal records

1855-1868
3 cm of textual records

Scope and Content
Series consists of legal records created and maintained by John Smith, in his capacity as a business agent and attorney. The series documents his legal dealings with two clients, Helen Gourlay and Robert Gourlay. These dealing centre on land transactions and disputes with tenants over land owned by the Gourlay's in Dereham Township, Oxford County, Ontario. The series includes leases, powers of attorney, subpoenas, affidavits of disbursement, admissions, a bond to sheriff, a report, an arbitration bond, an examination and award for court case, and a writ.
 
Reference code / Title / Date
984045-010 Leases re: Helen Gourlay. -- 1860, 1866
984045-011 Legal documents re: Helen Gourlay. -- [186-?], 1864
984045-012 Power of attorney - Helen Gourlay and Jean Gourlay to John Smith and Samuel B. Freeman. – 1864
984045-013 Legal documents re: Robert Gourlay. -- 1855-1868
984045-014 Power of attorney - Robert Fleming Gourlay to John Smith. – 1861

PF15-4 Published material and poem

1840-1879
5 cm of textual records

Scope and Content
Series consists of published material maintained by Smith, the majority of which was authored by his client, Robert Gourlay. The series consists of published booklets, published correspondence, broadsides, a newspaper, and a legislative amendment. The back cover of the booklet "Wrongs in Canada" contains an 1863 letter to John Smith by Robert Gourlay. The series also includes a poem in Robert Gourlay's hand, bearing the notation as Robert Gourlay's last poem.
 
Reference code / Title / Date
984045-015 The banished Briton and Neptunian. No. 1.. – 1843
984045-016 Chronicles of Canada: being a record of Robert Gourlay, Esq. now Robert Fleming Gourlay, "The Banished Briton". No. 1.. – 1842
984045-017 Circular re: Edinburgh town council proceedings. -- [1856?]
984045-018 The Commonweal, and Canadian Farmer's Joint Stock Press. -- 21 May 1842
984045-019 First prize design for laying out the Meadows - Edinburgh, as a public park, compared with a design yet unprized.. -- [1855?]
984045-020 Legislative amendment re: Act to define the Elective Franchise, to provide for the registration of votes, and for other purposes therein mentioned. – 1858
984045-021 Published correspondence re: Robert Gourlay. -- [1854?], [1859?]
984045-022 Robert Gourlay's "last poem". -- [1863?]
984045-023 The Spectator. -- 22 Mar. 1879
984045-024 Wrongs in Canada. – 1863
984045-027 The banished Briton, mediator & appellant. -- 1 Aug. 1840

PF15-5 Sketches

[186-?]
3 items

Scope and Content
Series consists of three pencil sketches maintained by John Smith. The sketches depict: the “Scotch Church at Queenston from the veranda of Mrs. A. Hamilton's house”; “house of Dr. Hewat, the Indian doctor at Tuscarora”; and, “a view of Brock's Monument at Queenston Heights”.

Reference code / Title / Date
984045-025 Sketches. -- [186-?]
 
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