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Transcript: James Magrath Jr to Charley Magrath September 9 1845
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Title: Transcript: James Magrath Jr to Charley Magrath September 9 1845
Identifier: 2005.1.119.16
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 of a letter dated Credit P.O. 9 Sept. 1845 probably from James Magrath Jr. to his brother Charley in Ireland. The letter tells Charley to decide when is the best time for him to return home but says“I think the Old Man must have been bothering you”. He describes his tight financial situation and the money he owes: “John Ballinger wants his money & must get it. Thank God I have managed to keep everything square to them but if the Banks stop I am hurt, for nothing is coming in”. He talks about what is required to get a law degree and a new L.L.D. Degree at the university In a number of places the transcribers left blanks when they could not make out the writing. More information of the Dean case: “Dean called a meeting of his friends at Cooksville, none attended”. The author tells Charley some gossip about various affairs men are having with their sister-in-laws and so on. He also mentions that John Jones is going to be Interpreter to the Indians & Taylor is going to give 300 pounds a year for the Harbour. The reverse of the pages is printed with stock market graphs.

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.
James Magrath Jr, was born in 1807. As James matured he became a dominant economic player in the local community using connections that his father had made. James, along with the Magrath family in general were accused in a libellous pamphlet by Joseph Dean, of a number of nefarious deeds including opening mail, stealing wood, price gouging and seducing a servant girl. Charges were later dropped. James never married. He passed away in 1868 at the age of 60.
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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