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Title: Book - "Once Aboard the Lugger"
Identifier: 979.6.1671
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1913
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A book titled "Once Aboard the Lugger" with a burgundy cover with gold lettering on front and spine. There is a sticker on the front inside cover that says, "This Book Belongs To" and below that is handwritten, "Arthur & Naomi Harris" at the top of the sticker "From Anne Sayers, 1922" is also handwritten. The first page has the words "Mrs. Harris, Clarkson" handwritten.

Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson (1880-1971) was a British novelist. Frequently referred to as A.S.M. Hutchinson, he wrote romance and family novels as well as short stories for publications such as 'The Sphere Magazine'. His best-selling novel, 'If Winter Comes,' was in many aspects ahead of its time, dealing with an unhappy marriage, eventual divorce, and an unwed mother who commits suicide. Fox Film Corporation made it into a motion picture of the same name in 1923. He went on to have other best-sellers in the 1920s including the controversial, though popular 'This Freedom' which was seen by the women's rights movement as an anti-feminist novel.

Arthur Beveridge Harris (1843-1932) was the only surviving son of Elizabeth (née Molony) (1829-1884) and Captain James Beveridge Harris (1797-1884). He later married Mary Magrath (1859-1954) and they had three children, Annie (1882-1986), Naomi (1883-1968), and Margaret (1887) who died shortly after birth. Arthur helped his father with the daily tasks of maintaining a farm. He inherited the Benares in 1884, upon the death of his father, Captain Harris. In the same decade, both Arthur and Mary received a number of inheritances that made life easier at Benares

Naomi Harris (1883-1968) was raised along with her sister Annie in an atmosphere of upper middle class comfort. They were educated at home by governesses, and then were sent to Miss Dupont's School for Ladies in Toronto, where they stayed with their aunts throughout the week. As Annie and Naomi grew up, Benares was a frequent area for lawn tennis matches, weekend parties, and croquet games on the lawn. Naomi never married and lived at Benares her whole life. She helped to take care of her mother, and continued to live alone in the house for 14 years after Mary’s death in 1954. Naomi was the mark of affection for many suitors. It was thought that Naomi was engaged, sometime between 1908 and 1912, to the family’s physician, Dr. Arthur Sutton. He was the first doctor to open an office in Port Credit. Naomi broke off the engagement, but the parting must have been amicable because Sutton continued on as the family’s doctor, and later renewed a friendship with her after his wife’s death. Naomi was a life long member of St Peter’s Anglican Church in Erindale, where she was an integral part of the church’s many activities
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