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Invitation: Wedding of Jessie Macklem & Charles E. Fleming 1882
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Title: Invitation: Wedding of Jessie Macklem & Charles E. Fleming 1882
Identifier: 2005.1.140.1-4
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1882
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: .1) An off-white envelope measuring 11 x 8.2 cm addressed to "Mr. & Mrs. A. Harris" in handwritten heavy black ink. The edges of the envelope flaps are trimmed in gold gilding. .2) The invitation is printed in silvery ink on a medium weight card in a traditional elegant serifed script. The text reads: "Mr. & Mrs. Oliver Macklem request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their Sister, on Wednesday, 14th June 1882, Ceremony at All Saints' Church, at 12 o'clock noon." In the bottom proper right corner is: "Dejeuner at 1 p.m. 264 Jarvis Street". The inner edge is trimmed in gold gilding. .3) A calling card measuring 8.4 x 5.2 cm printed in silvery ink on medium off-white card with the text: "Jessie Macklem". .4) A calling card measuring 7.2 x 3.5 cm printed in silvery ink on medium off-white card with the text: "Charles E. Fleming".

Mary Horatia Magrath Harris (1859-1954) was the granddaughter of Reverend James Magrath (1769- 1851), who was the first rector of St. Peter's Anglican Church in Erindale. Her parents, Christiana (née Sutherland) and William Melchior Magrath, married in 1856. Christiana died after the birth of her third daughter, Isabel, in 1860. Mary and her two sisters were raised by their aunt, Anna Cordelia Magrath, at Erindale Estate. Both the Magraths and Harrises were members of the St. Peter's Anglican Church and the families knew each other well. It was at church that Mary and Arthur Harris first met and later married in 1881. Mary and Arthur had three children, Annie (1882- 1986), Naomi and Margaret (1887). Oral tradition suggests that Mary never fully recovered from the sad loss of her third child and she suffered hearing impairment soon after. Mary was a very generous woman and held in high esteem by all who knew her. She enjoyed polishing silver, crocheting, and gardening. Mary died at the age of 94, January 20th, 1956.

Arthur Beveridge Harris (1843-1932) was the only surviving son of Elizabeth (née Molony) (1829-1884) and Captain James Beveridge Harris (1797-1884). Arthur helped his father with the daily tasks of maintaining a farm. He inherited Benares in 1884, upon the death of his father, Captain Harris. In the same decade, both Arthur and Mary received a number of inheritances that made life easier at Benares.
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