|Description: .1) The envelope is 13 x 10.5 cm and is torn. It is addressed to Mary Magrath, Woodlawn, 421 Jarvis Street, Toronto. Post marks read: "Aug. 12, Ont." on the front and "1-30 Aug 12" and "Toronto" on the back. .2) The letter dated "Benares, 11th August '81" is written in ink on beige paper which is folded. The first page has writing vertically as well as horizontally. The salutation is: "My dear Mollie". The letter describes interactions with family, farm work etc. Names mentioned are: Annie, Lucy, Miss Lilly Glazebrook, Hugh, Toaty, Miss Florrie, Mrs. Jarvis. Also mentioned are: The Gov, & Mater, and Miss Magrath. |
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 (1883 1968) 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.
These papers were collected by Kathleen Sayers, wife of Geoffrey Sayers, whose interest in family history led her to transcribe original papers, letters, newspaper clippings, transcripts and research notes relating to Geoffrey's lineage.