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Letter: M. Molony to Elizabeth Molony Harris October
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Title: Letter: M. Molony to Elizabeth Molony Harris October
Identifier: 2005.1.138.1-2
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1860-1870
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A single sheet of folded beige paper containing a handwritten letter in black ink dated simply "October" and addressed to "My dearest Lizzy" (Elizabeth Molony Harris) from her mother M. Molony. The letter refers to family members in India; children born; hopes that Lizzy is not suffering with the terrible war in America; refers to James Molony's accident and arm amputation. The letter is written in both directions on pages 1,2,3. The number "81" has been handwritten in ink at the top.

Elizabeth Molony Harris (1806-1884), 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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