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Book - “Five Years at Panama: The Trans-Isthmian Canal”
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Title: Book - “Five Years at Panama: The Trans-Isthmian Canal”
Identifier: 979.6.1429
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1892
Creation Date: 2012
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A green and black hard covered book of 287 pages, entitled "Five Years at Panama." The book is mainly green with a decorative black scrolling design. The title is on the spine in black and gold. Inside there is an inscription that reads "The Misses Harris, Compliments of the author, Astor House, New York, March 13, 1892."

"Nelson, Wolfred 1846-1913, a celebrated physician, born in Montreal and educated at McGill and Lennoxville universities. He was a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Province of Quebec, later successively practiced in Montreal, settled at Panama, where he served on the state board of health, spent four years collecting data on climatology and tropical disease throughout Mexico, Central and South America, the West Indies and Europe, and finally, in 1890, went to New York. Dr. Nelson, who wrote extensively on travel and medical subjects, was for 15 years a regular correspondent of the Gazette, published in Montreal.",_Wolfred

The Misses Harris most likely refers to Bessie and Lucy Harris. Elizabeth M. Harris (1835-1910) and Lucy Letitia Harris (1844-1925) were daughters of Elizabeth (née Molony) (1829-1884) and Captain James Beveridge Harris (1797-1884). Elizabeth, also known as Bessie, was born on board a ship as her parents emigrated to Canada. Lucy and Bessie lived at Benares until 1888, when a series of inheritances allowed them to buy a house on St. George Street in Toronto and later Beverly St. Lucy and Bessie had a love for antiques and many of the furniture pieces in the Benares parlour belonged to them.
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