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Title: Book - "Shavings"
Identifier: 979.6.1670
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1918
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A brown hard covered book entitled "Shavings". It has yellow lettering on the front and spine. The inscription reads, "from me by Bev, Xmas 1918, Mary Harris, Benares, It’s very good".

Joseph Crosby Lincoln (Feb. 13, 1870 - March 10, 1944) was an American author of novels, poems and short stories, many set in a fictionalized Cape Cod. His work frequently appeared in popular magazines like the 'Saturday Evening Post' and 'The Delineator.

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
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