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Letter: Weldon S. Molony to H. L. Hime December 19 1884
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Title: Letter: Weldon S. Molony to H. L. Hime December 19 1884
Identifier: 2005.1.144
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1884
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A handwritten letter dated Dec. 19, 1884 in black ink on beige letterhead paper. The letterhead reads: "Commr. for Affidavits, Weldon S. Molony & Son - 19 Upper Mount Street, Dublin." The letter is from W.S. Molony to H.L. Hime in Toronto regarding Mrs. James B. Harris's Marriage Settlement. Handwritten in red ink at the top proper right corner: "Weldon Molony 19/31...12/84 Re: Mrs. Harris Marriage Set." The number "82" is handwritten in blue ink in the top proper left corner.

Humphrey Lloyd Hime was a photographer, surveyor, businessman, and financier (b. at Moy, Ireland 17 Sept. 1833; d. at Toronto 31 Oct. 1903). Noted as a pioneer photographer on the Canadian prairies, Hime was photographer and surveyor on the Canadian government's 1858 Assiniboine and Saskatchewan exploring expedition led by Henry Youle Hind. Hime's photographs include views and portraits taken along the route and in the Red River settlements, various Hudson's Bay Company forts and native encampments. A portfolio of prints was published in 1860. Hime's subsequent career included mining, business and presidency of the Toronto Stock Exchange. REF: The Canadian Encyclopedia: 'Hime, Humphrey Lloyd' by Richard J. Huyda.

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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