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Letter: John Alexander to Mrs. J.B. Harris July 22 1862
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Title: Letter: John Alexander to Mrs. J.B. Harris July 22 1862
Identifier: 2005.1.135.1-2
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1862
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: (1) An envelope addressed to "Mrs. James B. Harris, Benares, near Credit, Upper Canada". Also on the front of the envelope in handwriting is: "recd 9th Aug 1862. date 22 July 1862". The flap of the envelope is a curvilinear shape with a rounded point. This rounded point is embossed with a small floral bouquet. The number "80" is written on the envelope flap in pencil. (2) A handwritten letter dated July 22, 1862 in black ink on beige paper. The paper is folded in half to form four pages and the text covers all four pages. The letter is from John Alexander in Ireland, nephew and godson of Elizabeth Molony Harris and is addressed to Mrs. James B. Harris. The return address at the top is "Ivy Lodge, Callan, Ireland". The letter enclosed a photo, a Carte de Visite, of the writer John Alexander, which is no longer associated with the letter. The contents of the letter contains information about family members and their activities. It mentions that Bessie (Elizabeth Harris) is in Europe and will be visiting "Carne" soon.

John Alexander was the nephew of Elizabeth Molony Harris (1806-1884). Elizabeth, a native of Dublin, Ireland, married Captain James Beveridge Harris (1797-1884) in 1829 at St. Peter's Anglican Church in Dublin. She was one of eight children of an Anglican minister, Reverend Weldon John Molony, and Mary Preston. Elizabeth brought into the marriage an income of her own, based on rents from property in County Kildare, Ireland.

Seven years after their marriage, her husband bought Benares in Upper Canada. She found herself a mistress of an estate in what was then an obscure and thinly settled portion of the British Empire, where servants were scarce and the neighbours distant. Elizabeth and James had eight children, six of which reached adulthood. Both died within the same year in 1884.
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