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Transcript: Reverend James Magrath to Charley Magrath May 20 1845
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Title: Transcript: Reverend James Magrath to Charley Magrath May 20 1845
Identifier: 2005.1.118.20
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 of a letter from Erindale dated May 20, 1845 from J.M. (Rev. James Magrath) to his son Charley, in Ireland. Rev. James Magrath writes to tell his son to sell the property in Athlone and close the deal for the property in Castlerea and then to return to Canada. The Rev. James Magrath speaks of the shortness of funds again. He goes on to describes Tom's problem's with his stomach which is not right: “he can't retain solid food, particularly animal, but he is not afflicted with pain. He was cupped on Sunday & will be again tomorrow”. He then asks Charley if he can get “a cupping apparatus with scarifier & pump second-hand. It would, in three or four applications, save the price of it”._ He mentions the fire in Toronto. He relates that James brought an account from town that Joseph K. Deane had a row with the Sherrif in the prison. The Rev. mentions some family and guests gone to visit at the Anchorage. The Reverend wishes “that Nicholas could come here, I tell you again that I feel I cannot long hold this mission, & I should wish that it was secured to a friend, before it could be promised to a stranger”. The reverse of the pages is blank.

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.
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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