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Transcript: Reverend James Magrath to Charley Magrath August 22 1845
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Title: Transcript: Reverend James Magrath to Charley Magrath August 22 1845
Identifier: 2005.1.119.11
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1960-1970
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A typewritten transcript of letter from Erindale dated Aug. 22, 1845 from Rev. James Magrath to his son Charley in Ireland. James writes to his son concerning Mr. Walsh. He advises him that the Cox farm is on the market and if Walsh wants it for his son he should sent three or four hundred pounds to someone he trusts here to secure it for him. He advises that he should hold it in his own name until his son is settled and productive. Somehow this is connected to the case against the man Dean mentioned in other letters. James tells Charles to list all the things he has asked for “and execute what you can of them”. He says he is not expecting to see him till about Xmas and “I am glad you will not be at sea during the Equinoxes, they are always tempestuous”. A piece is clipped out of the letter here which is referring to someone's illness. James explains that “We had a great do here last Monday night. We availed ourselves of Willy's birthday to collect the neighbours here to an evening party, they left us at five in the morning”.

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. He ministered over an area which now encompasses Mississauga, Oakville and part of Burlington. James 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 which they called Erindale. All of his sons; Thomas, James Jr, Charles and William prospered in prestigious positions in the community. In 1844 Charles returned to Ireland to look after family business. He returned to Canada 2 years later. The Magrath’s only daughter Anna, never married but looked after her family home and helped raise her brother William’s 3 daughters after their mother died.
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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