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Transcript: Anna Magrath to Charley Magrath March 13 1845
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Title: Transcript: Anna Magrath to Charley Magrath March 13 1845
Identifier: 2005.1.118.12
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1960-1970
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A double-spaced typewritten transcript on plain white office paper dated March 13th, 1845 from Anna Magrath to her brother, Charley, in Ireland. Anna tells Charley they look forward to his letters “with rather more pleasure than we would to a production of Bulwer's or James's (monthly periodicals)”. She says “The defeat of that unprincipled character you have to deal with (not to speak of the chink) was enough to keep us talking for a month”. She wishes Charley many happy returns of his birthday (March 9). She reports on the little boy, Freddie's language development. She mentions the fine weather “The weather is beautiful, there are only a few patches of snow remaining, the Indians are making sap troughs. They have a small encampment near us, this is a famous sugar day”.

Reverend James Magrath and his family emigrated from Ireland in 1827. He left Ireland hoping to secure a prosperous future for his family. Reverend Magrath became the first Rector of St. Peter’s Anglican Church in what was then known as Springfield-on-the-Credit. The Rev. worked diligently to serve the needs of both his family and his congregation. The family cleared the 700 acres allotted to them and built a home and farm which they called Erindale.
Anna Cordelia Magrath was in born 1819. When Anna’s mother died in 1839 she took on the domestic responsibilities of running the household. After her sister-in-law (wife to William) passed away in 1860 Anna took over the care and raising of their three daughters. Anna never married and died in 1895.
Charles Eneas Magrath was born in 1809. He served in the militia with his brothers. Charles began his career as a local merchant in Streetsville. In 1844 he travelled back to Ireland to take care of the family properties returning to Upper Canada two years later. Charles married widow, Louisa Newbiggin Stanton, in the 1870’s. Charles died in 1884 at age 75.
These transcripts were typed by Kathleen Sayers, wife of Geoffrey Sayers, whose interest in family history led her to transcribe original papers, letters, newspaper clippings, transcripts and research notes relating to Geoffrey's maternal lineage. Geoffrey was the grandson of Arthur Harris and Mary Harris (nee Magrath). The original documents are held by the Peel Heritage Complex.
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