|Description: A handwritten note by Nicholas Magrath dated February 19, 1857. The message is difficult to read as it is written horizontally and vertically on the front of the note, which begins: "My dearest Charles, I paid the full amount-" The note is folded and was once sealed with black wax, creating an envelope. On the top fold, the return address reads: Nicholas Magrath, R? ?11th March 1857, ? 18th. Below, upside down, reads: "Charles Magrath Esq., Toronto". |
Charles Eneas Magrath was born in 1809 in Ireland. He served in the militia with his brothers. Charles began his career as a local merchant in Streetsville. In 1844 he travelled back to Ireland to take care of the family properties returning to Upper Canada two years later. Charles married widow, Louisa Newbiggin Stanton, in the 1870’s. Charles died in 1884 at age 75. Nicholas Magrath was a brother of Rev. James Magrath's and an uncle of Charles Magrath.
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.