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Transcript: Thomas Magrath to Charley Magrath August 23 1845
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Title: Transcript: Thomas Magrath to Charley Magrath August 23 1845
Identifier: 2005.1.119.10
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1960-1970
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A three-page typewritten transcript of a letter from Thomas Magrath to his brother Charley in Ireland. A note at the top of the transcript reads: (with packet of letters dated Aug. 23, 1845).Thomas says Charley has done a good job. “The manner in which you have got on is the astonishment of all here, but none of them can form any idea of it but me. I always said it was all well until you came to Title, you have got thro' it well & now the property is worth something from the position in which you have placed it, but my idea is that after all Longworth won't land the cash!!! But sure if he won't you are ready for all comers”. He tells him that he will probably meet him in New York on his return and that sending the piano has given “universal satisfaction”. He tells Charley not to get any cigars, “I never smoke now & they will only be thrown away_ and I only want a plain two-bladed knife, not a jack one at all”. A note to Lorenzo is appended, thanking him for his kindness toward Charley.

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.
Thomas was born in 1804. He went back to Ireland to act as Agent for the Magrath properties in 1832 and stayed two years. Thomas served in the military first as a Captain and then as Lieutenant Colonel helping to enlist men during the Rebellion of 1837. In 1840 Thomas married Wilhelmina Rose and they had one son, James Frederick (1843-1902). In 1851 Thomas moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake where he lived until his death in 1886.
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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