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Title: Prayer Book
Identifier: 2005.4.106.1
Donor: Barbara Larson
Item Date: 1905
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2005
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A lady's prayer book of the Church of England. The front cover, spine, and back cover is made of pale yellow coloured plasticized leather panels, leaving the linen binding exposed at the spine cover edges. The fly-leaf is a heavy high-linen content paper. The next two pages are also made of heavy paper. The printed pages are light weight paper. The page edges have a gilt finish over red ink. The marker ribbon is white silk, 12 x 3 cm. There is an inscription on the fly leaf that reads: 'TO MY DEAR GRANDDAUGHTER DORA SAYERS JUNE 28TH 1924 FROM GRAM HARRIS.' On the second leaf, there is an inscription that reads: 'TO MRS. HARRIS, WITH BEST WISHES FROM BEV.'

History: The prayer book was a gift from Beverly Sayers (1885-1976) to Mary Harris (1859-1954), his mother-in-law. He probably gave it to her prior to 1906, which is when he married Annie Harris. The prayer book was later given to Dora Sayers (1915-2004) from Mary, her grandmother. It was given to her on 28 June 1924, when she was confirmed. Items donated by Barbara Sayers Larson. Barbara Larson is the daughter of Annie Harris (1882-1986) and Beverly Sayers (1882-1976) and granddaughter of Arthur (1843-1932) and Mary (1859-1954) Harris. Barbara was born January 27, 1920 and was the youngest of three children. Barbara and her siblings, Geoffrey Sayers (1907-1997) and Dora Sayers Caro (1915-2004) donated Benares to the Ontario Heritage Foundation in 1969 after inheriting it from their aunt, Naomi Harris (1883-1968). Many of the items donated by Barbara originally belonged to her mother or Aunt Naomi and came from Benares. Barbara lived in the log cabin, on land originally given to her parents by her grandparents, at 1723 Birchwood Drive. She still maintains a close tie with Benares and is now living in Kelowna, British Columbia, with her daughter.
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