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Letter: Grandfather Draper to Kate Draper March 26th 1877
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Title: Letter: Grandfather Draper to Kate Draper March 26th 1877
Identifier: 2005.1.85.1-2
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1877
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A handwritten letter in black ink from Grandfather Draper to his grand-daughter, Kate Draper, from Paris France. .1) A small plain beige envelope addressed to "Miss Kate Draper, Scollard Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada" postmarked "London A PAID A 29 MR77". There is another postmark from Paris, but it is hard to read. The stamp has been torn off. Another postmark on the back reads "TORONTO AP9 77". On the flap of the envelope, there is an embossed red crest with the motto "TRIA JUNCTA IN UNO". The manufacturer of the stationery is embossed on one of the back sides of the envelope. .2) The letter is written on beige stationery with a similar red embossed crest and the same motto. It begins with an inside address at "Hotel de Londres (Hotel of London) Rue Castiglione Paris 26th of March 1877". The contents include a description of the Champs d'Elysee, the Gardens of the Tulleries, and some history of other monuments. He describes some of the buildings such as Notre Dame, the Louvre, the bridges over the Seine, and the parks and fountains.

The Harris family of Benares married into the Draper family with the marriage of Annie Harris (1882-1986) to Beverly Draper Sayers (1883-1976) in 1906. Beverly was related to William Henry Draper (1801-1877), who was Canada's first colonial politician to be styled premier and was instrumental in establishing the Conservative party. He supported the Family Compact, which attempted to create an aristocracy linked by family, patronage and political and social beliefs to the professional upper middle class. See: George Metcalf, 'William Henry Draper', “The Canadian Encyclopaedia, Year 2000 Edition” (McClelland and Stewart, 1999), 693.
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