|Description: A folded blue paper containing the resignation of Captain Alex Grant from his post as Captain. The letter reads, "Toronto, 18th December 1855. Sir, My duties as Registrar in Chancery engross my time so completely, that I find it utterly impossible to attend to them porperly, and at the same time discharge the duties pertaining to my Commission in the Seventh Regiment of Toronto Militia of which you are in command. I am therefore, with reluctance, compelled to tender my resignation of the Commission of Captian, which I hold in your regiment, and which I trust this Excellency the Governor General will, under the circumstances, be pleased to accept, allowing me to retain my rank. I remain ?, and your oldest humble servant, A. Grant. To Lt. Colonel George Gurnett. Toronto." |
Alexander Grant born April 28th 1813 was the son of Charlie and Catherine Grant (nee Campbell). He was married to Annie Radenhurst his second cousin. Alexander Grant was the Registrar of the Court of Chancery of Upper Canada and Ontario, and later the Registrar of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He was also an official at Osgoode Hall (Toronto University). His daughter Mary Edith Grant (1849-1912) was a long time resident of Toronto and close friend of Kate Sayers, Helen Sayers and Edith Draper. Kate Sayers (nee Draper) was Beverly Draper Sayers mother and mother-in-law to Annie Sayers neé Harris.
The item is part of a box of original papers, letters, transcripts and research notes complied and transcribed by Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers. Geoffrey Sayers and his wife Kathleen (née Colloton) occupied Benares from 1969 until 1981. During that time, they acted as care takers of the estate on behalf of the Ontario Heritage Foundation. They kept a small display of artifacts in the kitchen, and opened up the house once a year to the public. He also maintained the Benares financial affairs in 1932 for Naomi (Na) and Mary, who were unable to do so themselves. Along with sisters Dora Sayers and Barbara Sayers Larson, Geoff donated Benares to the Museums of Mississauga in 1995.