Fonds 94-016 - Gilbert and Stewart Bagnani fonds

Gilbert and Stewart Bagnani fonds  94-016  Transcriptions

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Gilbert and Stewart Bagnani fonds

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  • 1798-1919 (Creation)
    Bagnani, Gilbert and Stewart

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1.5 m of textual records and other material

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Gilbert Forrest Bagnani was born April 26, 1900, in Rome, to General Ugo Bagnani, of Rome and later London as military attache at the Italian Embassy, and Florence Dewar, daughter of Dr. James Dewar of Cobourg, Ontario. Gilbert spoke both English and Italian and later learned to speak Greek, Latin, Arabic, French and German. He was educated at the Nobile Collegio del Nazzareno in Rome and at a preparatory school called Gibbs' in London. His schooling was interrupted by World War I. He served as a Second Lieutenant of artillery towards the end of the War. After the War he returned to the University of Rome where he received his doctorate. Instead of entering law as he had planned, he turned to the Italian School of Archaeology in Athens to study antiquities which were becoming a strong interest of his.

In 1929 Gilbert married Mary Augusta Stewart Houston of Toronto, daughter of Stewart Houston (editor of "The Financial Post") and Augusta Robinson (daughter of John Beverley Robinson, Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, and granddaughter of Sir John Beverley Robinson, Chief Justice and Attorney-General of Upper Canada). Stewart's father died while she was young and her mother took her to Europe for a more cosmopolitan education than she could receive in Canada. Gilbert and Stewart had an apartment in Rome and for seven seasons worked, in the Sahara Desert, with the Royal Archaeological Mission to Egypt.

In 1937 they fled fascist Italy and purchased a 200 acre farm and house built around 1845 near Port Hope, Ontario and named it "Vogrie". They added a large, forty foot long, two storeys high addition in which they housed their library, oil paintings, drawings, tapestries and ceramics. In 1945 Gilbert was invited to teach ancient history at the University of Toronto and in 1958 he became a Professor. He retired from the University of Toronto in 1965. During the time that the Bagnanis were in Toronto, Gilbert was a founding member and president of the Oriental Club of Toronto, a supporter of the Art Gallery of Ontario and an active member of the Archaeological Institute of America, of which he was vice-president from 1951 to 1954. Stewart was head of Extension at the Art Gallery of Ontario from 1951 to 1963. In 1965 the Bagnanis returned to "Vogrie". In the same year, Gilbert was asked to accept a term-appointment at Trent University. He was honoured with a LL.D. by Trent in 1971 and he continued to teach as a Professor of Ancient History until 1975. During the period between 1965 and 1975 Stewart remained active, lecturing on art in various venues and developing the Mackenzie Gallery at Trent University. Gilbert and Stewart did not have children. On February 10, 1985 Gilbert Forrest Bagnani died. Stewart moved to their Toronto home. In May of 1996 Mary Stewart Houston Bagnani died. The "Vogrie" property was inherited by Trent University after the death of Gilbert in 1985. Antiquities, art works, furniture, books and documents were bequeathed to a number of institutions, including Trent University, after the deaths of Gilbert and Stewart Bagnani.

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John Beverley Robinson was the second son of John Beverley Robinson, baronet and chief justice of Upper Canada, and Emma Walker. He was married to Mary Jane Hagerman on June 30, 1847 and together they had three sons and two daughters.

After attending Upper Canada College between 1830 and 1836, Robinson became an aide-de-camp to Sir Francis Bond Head during the rebellion. During the years that followed the rebellion he articled with Christopher Alexander Hagerman, whose daughter he married, and later with the firm of James McGill Strachan and John Hillyard Cameron until he was called to the bar in 1844.

In 1851, 1853-54, and 1856-57, Robinson was an alderman for St. Patrick's Ward, and in 1856 Mayor of Toronto. By 1860, as solicitor for the Canada Agency Association, he had successfully negotiated the sale of 439,000 acres in Haliburton County, almost three times the total sales for all other crown land sales for 1860 combined. In 1862 he became president of the Executive Council in the Conservative government of the Cartier-Macdonald administration, but only for a short few months. He was returned to Parliament for Algoma in 1872 until the dissolution. In 1878 he was elected by a large majority to represent West Toronto, a position he held until he was appointed lieutenant-governor in 1880. During the period from 1864-1880 Robinson also served as city solicitor for Toronto.

Robinson served as lieutenant-governor for Ontario from 1880-1887. He retired in 1887 to his Toronto home, Sleepy Hollow. On June 19, 1896 Robinson was invited to speak to a hostile group of Liberals at Massey Music Hall, where he suffered a sudden stroke and died.

Custodial history

This fonds was created by the Robinson family and in the custody of Stewart Bagnani, granddaughter of J.B. Robinson. The fonds was bequeathed to the Trent University Archives by Professor Gilbert Bagnani via Stewart Bagnani.

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This fonds consists of correspondence, photographs, family biographical information, notes and research for speeches, alderman election materials, accounts, land ownership documents, business records and newspaper clippings pertaining to the personal and political career of John Beverley Robinson. Also included in the fonds is research material of Mrs. Forsyth Grant, daughter of J.B. Robinson and President of the Women's Canadian Historical Society of Toronto.

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This fonds was a bequest to Trent University from the estate of the late Professor Gilbert Bagnani via Mrs. Stewart Bagnani.


The fonds has been arranged in chronological order subsequent to its acquisition. No perceptible order was apparent at acquisition.

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Associated material is to be found in the Archives of Ontario (RG 24: Office of the Lieutenant Governor), John Beverley Robinson Papers (9 reels of microfilm copied from the National Archives holdings) and microfilm copies of the Peter Robinson Papers. Other associated material is located at the National Archives, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Toronto Public Reference Library, the Peterborough Centennial Museum and Archives and the Peterborough Law Association Library.


Further accruals are expected. See also 97-003.

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Previously called the John Beverley Robinson fonds.

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This fonds is comprised primarily of papers relating to John Beverley Robinson (1820-1896).

Table of Contents

Series A:

General Correspondence, etc. [1798-1899]:
Box 1 Folder 1-12

Series B:

"Letters J.B.R., Sir J. Colborne, etc." [1831, 1838, 1892]:
Box 1 Folder 13

Series C:

"Letters Sir F. Head & others to [Honourable] J.B.R.", 1881-1896:
Box 1 Folder 14

Series D:

Toronto Athletic Club, 1892-1897, [1898]:
Box 1 Folder 15

Series E:

Wilkinson Plough Company, 1886-1894:
Box 1 Folder 16

Series F:

The History Company (A.L. Bancroft & Company), Publishers of The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, 1884-1889:
Box 1 Folder 17

Series G:

The Great North-West Central Railway Company, 1884-1894:
Box 1 Folder 18

Series H:

United Empire Loyalists Memorial Church, 1884-1914:
Box 1 Folder 19

Series I:

Women's Canadian Historical Society of Toronto / Mrs. Forsyth Grant:
Box 1 Folder 20-21

Series J:

John Beverley Robinson: Notes & Research for Speeches (also includes some speeches):
Box 2 Folder 1-2

Series K:

Invitations, Christmas Cards, Identification Cards, Post Cards, etc., 1784, 1862-1912:
Box 3 Folder 1

Series L:

Testimonials: John Beverley Robinson, 1881-1886:
Box 3 Folder 2

Series M:

Testimonials: Mrs. John Beverley Robinson, 1887:
Box 3 Folder 3

Series N:

Robinson Family Biographical Information:
Box 3 Folder 4

Series O:

Accounts, Financial Records, etc., 1865-1896:
Box 4 Folder 1 - Box 5 Folder 8

Series P:

St. Patrick's Ward, and other elections materials, 1850-1895:
Box 6 Folder 1

Series Q:

Land Purchase and Ownership Documents, Documents Relating to Northern Mining Locations, etc., 1854-1895:
Box 6 Folder 2-5

Series R:

Photographs. A sample of these has been reproduced here.
Box 7, 8, 9 (oversized)

Series S:

York: Notes Pertaining to Administration and Municipal Government:
Box 9

Series T:

Miscellaneous Documents, ie. Petitions, Certificates, Memorandums, Deeds, Mortgages, etc., 1805-1893:
Box 9

Series U:

Box 9

Series V:

Miscellaneous Bound Volumes:
Box 9

Series W:

Miscellaneous Notes (which seem not to have been written by John Beverley Robinson):
Box 10 Folder 1

Series X:

Newspaper and Magazine Clippings:
Box 10 Folder 2

Series Y:

Miscellaneous Poems, Songs, Sketches, etc.:
Box 10 Folder 3

Series Z:

Miscellaneous Published Articles, Reports, Pamphlets, etc., [1840-1919]:
Box 11 Folder 1-2


(Note: see also files covering specific issues and subject areas for additional correspondence, documents, etc.)

Box 1

Pre-1850's (Note: Letters and documents of particular interest are noted)

Folder 1:

1798 - copy of a letter by John Stuart to Christopher Robinson re land ownership in Cornwall

1822 - two letters to the Honourable and Rev. Dr. Strachan from [ ] McGillivray re the Hudson Bay Company, North West Company, Anti-Canadian party, etc.

1828 - copy of a letter by Colonel Titus Geer Simons on behalf of J.B. Robinson, Esq., Election of 1828, ie. "To My Fellow Electors of the Town of York..."

1833 - three letters by C.A. Hagerman to [Lord Strachan - in all three he asks to be remembered to Mrs. Strachan], re West Indian question, meetings with various archbishops, his "injury", etc.,

[1836] - poem written by John Beverley Robinson at age 16 to his guardian, Bishop Strachan

1838 - three letters by Sir Francis Bond Head to "My Own Chief Justice", "My Dear Robinson" and "John Robinson" re the arrival of "John", gift of a mare to Robinson, articles he has written, etc.

1850's (Note: Letters and documents of particular interest are noted)

Folder 2:

Sept. 7, 1850 - treaty signed between William Benjamin Robinson and the Ojibwa Indians of the north shore of Lake Superior (signed at Sault Ste. Marie) One of two treaties signed by Robinson in that year. This one is called the Robinson Huron Treaty, the other the Robinson Superior Treaty.

April 14, 1851 - document certifying John Beverley Robinson's appointment to Captain of the [Seventh] Battalion of Toronto Militia

1851-1857 - reports, resolutions, and minutes of City Council, Toronto re Toronto Simcoe and Lake Huron rail road

Feb. 1857 - John Beverley Robinson as Mayor to Major Frederick Wells re presentation of Sword on his return home to Toronto from the "Crimean Campaign"; Major Wells' return reply included

May 1858 - letter by S. [Derbishire] to Major Dunn re presentation of General Wolfe's sword to Major Dunn, etc.

Note: This file also contains indentures, bonds, wild fowl hunting count by J.M. Strachan and D. Kennedy 1858, etc.

1860's (Note: Letters and documents of particular interest are noted)

Folder 3:

Feb. 20, 1860 - signed pledge from Council Chamber offering John Beverley Robinson support in the event that he be offered the position of Postmaster General

Aug. 8, 1860 - letter by Sir Francis Bond Head to "My Dear Chief Justice" referring to a visit of John Robinson to his house and his wife mistaking him for another Robinson who buys hay, corn, etc.

Nov. 10, 1860 - Sir Francis Bond Head to John [Robinson] re Canada Agency Conference, plus extract dated Oct. 11, [A1860 re authorization to purchase ten townships

July 10, 1861 - indenture authorizing John Beverley Robinson to represent the Electoral Division of West Toronto

March 27, 1862 - telegraph sent by John Beverley Robinson to this wife informing her that he has been sworn in as president of Council

April 1862 - "Commission appointing John Beverley Robinson to be President of the Executive Council of the Province of Canada", plus "Commission appointing John B. Robinson a Member of the Executive Council of the Province of Canada"

April 12, 1862 - letter by Christopher Walsh to Mrs. Robinson encouraging her to support her husband publicly in the upcoming election

April 22, 1862 - indenture authorizing John Beverley Robinson to represent the electoral division of West Toronto

May 30, 1862 - letter by John Beverley Robinson to [John] re an apparent error concerning the salary of the [President] in a Bill about to be passed, etc.

June 18, 1862 - letter by J.A. Macdonald (Dept. of Attorney General, U.C.) to [Robinson] (see above transcription link)

Jan. 31, 1863 - "Lines on the death of Sir John Beverley Robinson by [ ] J.B.R."

April 5, 1864 - letter and extract from the City Clerk's Office, Toronto (Standing Committee on Finance Reassessment) to Messrs. Robinson and McBride regarding the appointment of the Solicitor to the Corporation

June 16, 1869 - letter of condolence from Francis Bond Head to John [Beverley Robinson] on hearing of the death of his mother

1870's (Note: Letters and documents of particular interest are noted)

Folder 4:

Nov. 30, 1871 - Copies of articles of agreement between George Schreiber and Donald McInnes (re indenture of mortgage dated Feb. 8, 1855 between John Beverley Robinson, his wife, Mary Jane, and George Schreiber) - (see March 27 1875 "Assignment of Mortgage"

Aug. 26, 1872 - certificate declaring "The Honourable John Beverley Robinson duly returned to the House of Commons of Canada for the said Electoral District of Algoma"

Jan. 19, 1973 - Sir Francis Bond Head to John Beverley Robinson re his health and his family, and J.B. Robinson being "hustled" into Parliament

March 2, 1874 - [M.C. Cam____], Legislative Assembly, Toronto, to The Honourable John B. Robinson (see above transcription link)

1875-1877 - letters re mortgage of Sleepy Hollow

1875 - letters from Francis Bond Head regarding his horses

Sept. 16, 1875 - minutes of the lst annual meeting of Canada Live Stock Insurance Co., "Beverley Robinson, Manager"

Sept. 28, 1875 - letter from Lady Head to Mary Jane [Robinson] regarding the death of Sir Francis Bond Head (lock of Sir Francis Bond Head's hair attached in envelope)

Sept. 26, 1878 - statement by Charles Lindsay, Returning Officer for the Electoral District of West Toronto certifying that John Beverley Robinson had received the majority of votes

1880-1881 (Note: Letters and documents of particular interest are noted)

Folder 5:

1880 - three letters between Sir John A. Macdonald and John Beverley Robinson (see above transcription link)

1880 - letters of congratulation re John Beverley Robinson's appointment as Lieutenant Governor (includes one from O. Mowat dated July 16, 1880)

Oct. 1, 1880 - Letter from Archbishop John Joseph Lynch, Toronto to Mrs. Robinson requesting that she assist at the blessing of the organ, etc.

April 19, July 12, & Dec. 3, 1881 - letters to John [Beverley Robinson] from his brother C[hristopher] W. Robinson re Sir Frederick Philipse Robinson (a cousin) and Sir Isaac Brock

May 2, 1881 - agreement between John Beverley Robinson and John Irwin re land purchase

Nov. 2, 1881 - letter from "Rosa Huyshe nee Brock" re photo of Sir Isaac Brock

Nov. 22, 1881 - "extract of a letter from Lady Sophia Macnamara - communicated for the information of Mrs. Beverley Robinson" re Princess Louise

1882-1883 (Note: Letters and documents of particular interest have been noted)

Folder 6:

Jan., Feb., March, April, June, 1882- letters between son or daughter of Mrs. Henry Tupper, C.W. Robinson, Henrietta Tupper, and John Beverley Robinson re painting of Sir Isaac Brock (also letter from a person who would consider painting the portrait)

Feb. 16, 1882 - letter to Hon J.B. Robinson from his son, C.C. Robinson re estate of Edward Herrick

Aug. 1882 - letters between John Lettsom Elliot, Athenaeum Club, and John Beverley Robinson, re General Wolfe (also a copy of the first published list of Athenaeum Club members dated June 22, 1824)

Nov. 16, 1882 - letter from [Jas. J.] Hagerman to Lady J.B. Robinson re record in the Robinson's Bible which read "[W]. Joseph married our mothers sister Elizabeth Hagerman who died when her son Frank was born"

Aug. 18, 1883 - letter from J.A. Macdonald to "My dear Robinson" re Lord [Carnarvon]

1884-1885 (Note: Letters and documents of particular interest have been noted)

Folder 7:

Feb. 1884 - two letters to John Beverley Robinson from William L. Baby, regarding a letter (attached) dated Oct. 11, 1823 and Oct. 14, 1823 between John Beverley Robinson, Sr. and J. Baby, William L. Baby's father, re a request from J. Baby to J.B.R., Sr. to "accept a testimonial in acknowledgement for the great services he rendered to his country, an honour so magnanimously declined..."

Sept. 9, 1884 - letter from C.C. Robinson to Benjamin Morton, Manager Real Estate Loan & Savings Co., re Sleepy Hollow property

Nov. 13, 1884 - Geological and Natural History Survey report on phosphate deposits on the "Victoria" property, by Eugene Coste

July 1885 - memorials from the Towns of Penetanguishene and Whitby requesting that John Beverley Robinson be reappointed Lieutenant Governor

Oct. 12, 1885 - letter from John A. Macdonald to "My dear Robinson" (see above transcription link)

Oct. 20, 1885 - letter from John Beverley Robinson to Sir John A. Macdonald (see above transcription link)

1886-1887 (Note: Letters and documents of particular interest are noted)

Folder 8:

May 14, 1886 - letter from Upper Canada College to Mrs. Robinson thanking her for her presenting the prizes at their games

June 10, 1886 - letter from the Mayor's Office, Toronto, to John Beverley Robinson re an agreement to close up a street

June 1886 - letters between Henrietta Tupper, C.W. Robinson and John Beverley Robinson re the essay "Canadian Archaeology", Sir Isaac Brock, etc.

[July 1, 1886] - letter from John Beverley Robinson to Sir John A. Macdonald (see above transcription link)

Feb. 22, 1887 - letter from Sir John A. Macdonald to John Beverley Robinson (see above transcription link)

Feb. 22, 1887 - letter from A. Campbell to John Beverley Robinson (see above transcription link)

Feb. 23, 1887 - letter from A. Campbell to Mrs. John Beverley Robinson (see above transcription link)

Feb. 26, 1887 - letter from John Beverley Robinson to Sir Alexander Campbell (see above transcription link)

March 1, 1887 - letter from T.C. Patterson to Mrs. Robinson (see above transcription link)

March 2, 1887 - letter from [Mrs. John Beverley Robinson to T.C. Patterson (see above transcription link)

March 4, 1887 - letter from A. Campbell to John Beverley Robinson (see above trancription link)

March 30 [1887] - letter from John Beverley Robinson (addressee unknown, but perhaps family member) (see above transcription link)

April 8, 1887 - letter from Sir [M] Cameron to John Beverley Robinson (see above trancription link)

April & May 1887 - correspondence between C.W. Robinson, John Beverley Robinson, and [ ] regarding Sir G. Arthur's picture

May 25, [1887] - letter from A. Campbell to "My dear Robinson" (see above transcription link)

May 28, 1887 - letter from A. Campbell to John Beverley Robinson (see above transcription link)

June 4, 1887 - two copies of a letter on which the back of one reads "Mowats letter to L-Lansdowne re Lt. Govr." (see above transcription link)

Aug. 17, 1887 - letter from [ ] Haldane to [Oliver] Mowat regarding Mowat's letter of June 4 to "L-Lansdowne" (above) suggesting that John Beverley Robinson be granted knighthood

Nov. 24, 1887 - letter from [ ] Haldane to [Oliver] Mowat (see above transcription link)

1888-1889 (Note: Letters and documents of particular interest are noted)

Folder 9 :

June & Nov. 1888 and Nov. 1889 - letters between John McDermott and John Beverley Robinson regarding orders for lumber

1890-1892 (Note: Letters and documents of particular interest are noted)

Folder 10:

1887-1890 - letters and documents regarding the sale of Sleepy Hollow

[Jan.] & June 1890 - letters between John Beverley Robinson & Joseph Nelson regarding railway issues, ie. Great North West Central Railway bonds, the building of a transcontinental railway, etc.

June 1891 - letters between Bryce Bros. and John Beverley Robinson regarding problem with lumber held at lumber yard owned by John McDermott (more letters regarding same problem Nov. 1892)

June 29, 1891 - letter to John Beverley Robinson from Walter Moberly (see above transcription link)

Jan. 26, 1892 - "Memorable saying of the Late Bishop Strachan" - "Never vainly oppose the dim candle of man's [reason] to the sunshine of the Gospel Light, as displayed in the Holy Scriptures"

May 5, 1892 - letter from Upper Canada College to John Beverley Robinson thanking him for the interest he has shown in the Athletic meetings and for the portrait of himself - also condolences on the death of Mrs. Robinson

May 7, 1892 - letter from John Beverley Robinson's son, C.C. Robinson, to Upper Canada College thank them for May 5th letter

June 27, 1892 - letter from Sir Oliver Mowat to John Beverley Robinson (see above transcription link)

July 24, 1892 - letter from Mary Simcoe, Germany to [John Beverley Robinson] regarding General Simcoe's portrait, etc.

July 29, 1892 - incomplete letter from Bath to "Jack" regarding Canadian Militia in late 1700's and early 1800's, General Simcoe, etc.

Oct. 31, 1892 - letter from John Beverley Robinson to John A. Codd regarding Robinson's resignation as director and vice-president of the Great North Western Central Rail Road

1893-1899 (Note: Letters and documents of particular interest have been noted)

Folder 11:

Jan. 25, 1893 - letter from [John Beverley Robinson] to "My dear Attorney General", [Sir Oliver Mowat] (see above transcription link)

March 11, 1893 - copy of letter from [Sir Oliver Mowat] to Sir John S.D. Thompson, K.C.M.G., Ottawa regarding the knighthood of John Beverley Robinson

March 25, 1893 - letter to Sir Oliver Mowat in response to March 11, 1893 letter regarding the knighthood of John Beverley Robinson

1893, 1895 - letters form various people, ie. R.E. Robinson, C.W. Robinson, etc. regarding Robinson family history

July 5, 1893 - J. Codd to John Beverley Robinson regarding Proxy votes, shares, etc. relating to the Railway

March 3, 1894 - letter from Ames to John Beverley Robinson regarding Robinson's lumber at McDermott's lumberyard

July 25, 1894 - letter from J.C. Patterson, Militia & Defence, Ottawa, to John Beverley Robinson regarding purchase of General Wolfe's sword, & Col. Dunn's portraits & medals

[Jan. 21, 1896] (part of notes at end of letter in John Beverley Robinson's handwriting have this date) - letter to `The Editor' entitled "England, the United States and Canada"

April 22, 1896 - letter from C.W. Robinson to John Beverley Robinson informing him that the flag of the old `Caroline' has been found

May 7, 1896 - letter from John Beverley Robinson to Sir Oliver Mowat (see above transcription link)

July 8, 1899 - letter of thanks from St. George's Society to Mrs. J. Strachan for a portrait of the late Hon. John Beverley Robinson

Undated (Note: Letters and documents of particular interest have been noted)

Folder 12:

  • letter of condolence from "James Cathedral [ ] Auxiliary" on the death of Mrs. Strachan

  • letter from E. [Lubbock] to "My dear [Paterson] regarding Upper Canada College, cricket, etc.

  • letter "to the Editor of the Herald", "the Editor of the Church" regarding remarks made about prize fighting

  • letter to Goldwin Smith from his "sincere friends" wishing him well on his journey to his homeland in England

  • letter to Sir Alexander [C.] regarding the appointment of the new Lieutenant Governor

  • letter to [ ] Elliott from John Beverley Robinson regarding Elliott's suggestion that a memorial be built in honour of General Wolfe

  • [after 1909] - postcard to Miss C. Houston from [Mrs. Joyce]


"LETTERS J.B.R., SIR J. COLBORNE, ETC." [1831, 1838, 1892] - (Note: all items in this series were contained in one envelope with the above notation on the outside)

Box 1

Folder 13: undated (but before June 20, 1831), 1831, 1838 - copies of letters, ie. from Rev. Mark Young Stark to his cousin, Sir Geo. Napier, K.C.B. regarding the offer of living in the Church of England (undated); from General Sir Geo. Napier to Rev. Mark Young Stark (1831); from General Sir Geo. Napier to his father-in-law, John Craig, regarding the late Rev. Mark Young Stark (1838)

July 18, 1892 - letter to John Beverley Robinson from Francis Retallack regarding Mrs. Simcoe, Captain Simcoe's widow, etc.

Dec. 12, 1892 - partial letter from Sir Francis Colborne "re Creswell's book" and the "false statements with regard to my Father"

numerous historical notes [written by John Beverley Robinson] regarding Lord Seaton, Sir John Colborne, Sir Peregrine Maitland, etc. (covering the late 1700's to mid-1800's)


"LETTERS SIR F. HEAD & OTHERS TO [HONOURABLE] J.B.R." (1881-1896) - (Note: all items in this series were contained in one envelope with the above notation on the outside)

Box 1

Folder 14: When John Beverley Robinson became Ontario 's Lieutenant Governor in 1880, he decided he wanted to have portraits hung in Queen's Park of every Lieutenant Governor. As a result he corresponded with relatives, friends and associates of the previous Lieutenant Governors to see if they had portraits of these men which they would lend for copying. The replies to his inquiries varied. Some were detailed reminiscences and others brief. Included here are some of the replies he received. There are historical notes on Administrator Peter Hunter, Lieutenant Governor General Sir Gordon Drummond, Acting Lieutenant Governor Sir Frederick Philipse Robinson, Administrator of the Province Samuel Smith, and Lieutenant Governor Sir Francis Bond Head.

1881-1896 - letters to John Beverley Robinson from various people including C[hristopher] W. Robinson (John Beverley Robinson's brother who was sometimes in England helping gather portraits); Catherine Frere (daughter of Lieutenant Governor Sir George Arthur), Chas. Hunter, G. Head, [Sydney Robert?] Bellingham etc.

Many of the portraits were painted by George Theodore Berthon.


TORONTO ATHLETIC CLUB (1892-1897, [1898]): (Note: John Beverley Robinson was first President of the Toronto Athletic Club; See Series V for related Stock Book)

Box 1

Folder 15: notices, financial statements and annual report, numerous letters regarding an issue of slander and the dismissal of Captain Harston as secretary of the Club, other miscellaneous correspondence, letters of recommendation for P.A. Goold of the Athenaeum Club, [membership list 1898], etc.


WILKINSON PLOUGH COMPANY (1886-1894) - (Note: John Beverley Robinson was a Director and a shareholder of the Wilkinson Plough Company)

Box 1

Folder 16: lists of shareholders, financial statements, correspondence, minutes, reports, "Farmers Annual Pocket Companion & Catalogue" 1887


THE HISTORY COMPANY (A.L. BANCROFT & COMPANY), PUBLISHERS of THE WORKS OF HUBERT HOWE BANCROFT (1884-1889) - (Note: John Beverley Robinson had a subscription with A.L. Bancroft & Company, which seems to have been taken over in 1886 by The History Company, for one complete set (thirty-nine volumes) of The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft)

Box 1

Folder 17: invoices and receipts, correspondence especially concerning overdue accounts and cancellation of subscription, advertisements, etc.


THE GREAT NORTH-WEST CENTRAL RAILWAY COMPANY (1884-1894) - (Note: John Beverley Robinson was a Director and a shareholder of The Great North-West Central Railway Company)

Box 1

Folder 18: correspondence, i.e. letter of appointment re the position of Director, telegrams and letters regarding meeting with Sir John A. Macdonald, problem with completion of railway line and Government contracts (litigation pending, in the suits of Charlebois vs. G.N.W.C.Ry.Co., G.N.W.C.Ry.Co. vs. Aird, etc.), tariff matters, etc.


UNITED EMPIRE LOYALISTS MEMORIAL CHURCH (1884-1914) - (Note: Much of this material relates to the interment of Nicholas Hagerman and of Christopher Robinson)

Box 1

Folder 19: interment documents and notes re Christopher Robinson, Nicholas Hagerman, Lt. Col. Steph. Jarvis, Reverend John Bethune, etc.

numerous letters between Rev. [Forneri] of Adolphustown Church, John Beverley Robinson, and C.W. Robinson regarding having memorial tablets made in memory of Nicholas Hagerman, and of Christopher Robinson (includes information relating to family history, etc.)

address given by John Beverley Robinson to commemorate the arrival of the United Empire Loyalists one hundred years previous

published picture of Adolphustown Church, U.E.L. The full name of the church is Saint Alban the Martyr United Empire Loyalist Memorial Church, known locally as St. Alban's Anglican Church. (Note: it is probable that this item is a page from an 1892 copy of Canadian Architect and Builder, vol. 5, no. 10).

certificates authorizing Captain William Forsyth Grant as an elected member of the United Empire Loyalist Association of Ontario, 18989

newspaper clippings relating to U.E.L. matters

document entitled "Laws for attaining the persons, and forfeiting and disposing of the estates of the Loyalists", [1902]

U.E.L. luncheon invitation with lists of those present, 1914


WOMEN'S CANADIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TORONTO / MRS. FORSYTH GRANT (Note: Mrs. Forsyth Grant, President of the Women's Canadian Historical Society of Toronto, was the daughter of John Beverley Robinson - The WCHS was organized Nov. 19, 1895 and incorporated Feb. 14, 1896) - (Note: see Box 3 Folder 1 for Invitations sent to Captain and Mrs. Forsyth Grant)

Box 1

Folder 20: correspondence relating especially to early Upper Canada history, ie. correspondence regarding the portrait of John Beverley Robinson, the Patriotic Fund, United Empire Loyalists, Judge McDougall re Young Street, Lord Metcalfe, Lord Grey re Sir Isaac Brock, Plains of Abraham and St. Foye, Old Fort of York, military history going back to the "1st military organization of York", oldest graveyard in the country at Niagara Falls, letter from Florence Nightingale's secretary, Memorial to the Heroes of 1812-1814 Association, [M.] W. Scott's memories of Oliver Mowat's Cabinet days, anchor at Holland Landing, Robinson family history and genealogy, ie. April 17, 1914*

minutes of meeting of Exhibition Committee, Ontario Historical Society, held Dec. 1898

article from Canadian Home Journal, May 1990 entitled "Three Rivers - An Ancient Canadian City: Paper read at the April meeting of the Canadian Historical Society of Toronto" by Mrs. S.G. Wood

newspaper clippings regarding the Society

article entitled "History of St. James Cathedral Since Its Vestry"

publication of The Women's Canadian Historical Society of Toronto about William Price, of Wolfesfield, Quebec ("Transactions No.9, 1908-1909)

certificate from United Empire Loyalists Association granting Mrs. Forsyth Grant, "being of United Empire Loyalist Descent", membership in the Association

4 photographs with the following inscriptions: - "Niagara Queenston Heights where General Brock was slain 13th Oct. 1812, July 1910"

  • "A noon-day scene on the battleground at Queenston Heights July 1910 - At noon-day hour there cometh rest No more the battle rages But peace hours all a tranquile joy Nor blood stain's history's pages R.S."

  • "The building in which the first newspaper (April 15, 1793) was published, July 1910"

  • "Historical Museum Front View - Niagara-On-The-Lake, July 1909"

Folder 21: newspaper clippings relating to the Society

paper entitled "A Pilgrimage to Bonne Sainte Anne de Beaupre Province of Quebec"

post card of "Old Fort, Toronto, Looking East"

Memorial to Queen Victoria

miscellaneous notes re a dialogue about the Duke of Wellington, "Book Illustrations", the visit of a brother of General Baden Powell to Toronto, "An African King", ie. the death of King Lewanika, "Old Days in Toronto", "Elections", etc.

galley proof - part of an article on etiquette (very fragile)

handwritten paper entitled "Historical Exhibition"

published materials: - First Canadian Historical Exhibition... Report of Secretary and Treasurer, Toronto, 1900

  • Catalogue Canadian Historical Exhibition... June 14th to 28th, 1899

  • The Globe, Oct. 29, 1910 - section on "A German Wedding in Saskatchewan"

  • Royal Society of Canada, May meeting, 1901, at Ottawa. Titles and Abstracts of Papers


JOHN BEVERLEY ROBINSON: Notes and Research for Speeches (also includes some speeches). (Note: The following is a listing by subject of notes written by John Beverley Robinson. Some of the subject headings are actual headings from the notes and are listed in quotations. All notes except for a few are undated).

Box 2

Folder 1:

1."Re Peterboro" - notes re early settlement of Peterborough, ie. in 1823 & 1825, 1847

  1. Seemingly unrelated thoughts, ie. some man's marriage a failure but found out he had become a father of twins, a matter concerning a policeman, fruit, etc.

  2. "Re Judge Hagerman" - "provincial ADC in the staff of Sir Geo [Pr__] and Sir Gordon Drummond [ ] successing the offices of Sol Genl appointed [ ] in 1839 on retirement of the new Justice Sherwood - First elected in 1826..."

  3. "W. Indies" - notes re history of West Indies (2 pages)

  4. Notes re British nation

  5. "Talleyrand" - notes re Talleyrand

  6. Notes re Talleyrand (2 pages)

  7. "Re Autobiography of Sir John Astley - Bart"

  8. "Old [ ] for speech in dinner given to [I.H. Cameron] when made Sol General (by old College boys in Govt House)"

  9. Notes for a speech at a welcoming ceremony

  10. Notes re Mr. [W.] Smith, [Erskine] and Lord Holland

  11. Notes re man's ability in general to rise above the ordinary person without losing the ability to identify with him (note written in English, French and Latin)

  12. Notes re an archbishop being reprimanded for swearing when his way was blocked

  13. Notes re Olympia

  14. "S. Africa"

  15. "Re New Discoveries", ie. Ben Franklin, etc.

  16. "Re Federation"

  17. "Church Sermons"

  18. Notes re a rebellion

  19. Notes re life and growing old

  20. A church sermon[?]

  21. Notes re "Scotchman" and "Englishman"

  22. Notes re history of Canada after 1783, Confederation, etc.

  23. Notes re the value of having a united front as a nation by being kind to one another, etc.

  24. A church sermon[?]

  25. "Re Wellington" - notes re Duke of Wellington (3 pages)

  26. Notes re Sir John Colbourne and The Duke of Wellington

  27. [The Duke]'s comments to Talleyrand regarding [Ellice]'s position in society, Napoleon's beliefs on fighting, etc.

  28. Notes re trade and water transportation through the Great Lakes, ie. Lake Erie Canal, etc.

  29. Notes re trade and water travel, ie. Georgian Bay Canal, etc. (2 pages)

  30. "Indians"

  31. Notes re John Milton and Paradise Lost

  32. Words of the "Bishop of [Liverpool]" regarding the spread of Christianity

  33. Notes for a speech given at Trinity School

  34. Notes on Canada's future development by reaching the Pacific across the prairies

  35. Notes re constitution of Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland - "for speech - double majority"

  36. Notes re Norway, Sweden, Unites States

  37. "Case - my brief re [ ] and Balfour arbitration"

  38. Notes and clippings re various sports and athletics (8 pages of notes, several newspaper clippings)

  39. "Fisheries"

  40. "Opening of Niagara Falls Park, New York"

  41. "Re Niagara Park, U.S., Americans"

  42. Numerous quotes of politicians, lords, etc. (2 pages)

  43. Notes re Henry Scadding - greetings on his birthday

  44. Notes re relationship between a father and his son

  45. "Mem. for speech re Australian [ ], October 1893" - notes re the game of cricket

  46. "Boys Brigade"

  47. "Re General Wolfe" (18 pages)

  48. "Manual of Modern History" - excerpt? (3 pages)

  49. "Address (not presented) to Ld. Stanley, on his appt..."

  50. Notes re history of Great Britain [1754-1841] (2 pages)

Folder 2:

  1. "Wit"

  2. "Re Sherbrooke" - notes re Indian legend about earthquakes, the site of Sherbrooke, Quebec, etc.

  3. "Opening Free Library" (of Manchester)

  4. Notes re books found in Canadian homes, ie. the Bible & Shakespeare (2 pages)

  5. Notes re characteristics of the Irish, Lincoln and slavery, etc.

  6. "Brandt - re celebration at his monument - Brantford"

  7. "Re McKenzie's Rebellion"

  8. "Notes re England"

  9. "Re General Simcoe"

  10. "Re Genl Simcoe re Lord Nelson"

  11. "Extracts, [ ], Lord Dufferin, [ ], Lady [Dufferin]"

  12. "Re Ld Dufferin's Departure"

  13. Notes re Scotland, athletic sports, militia, etc.

  14. "Re St. George's Society Apl/94"

  15. "Re St. George's Society"

  16. "Mem. for old St. George Speech"

  17. "Americans" - notes re the character of Americans and Canadian/American relations, etc.

  18. "Americans"

  19. "Americans"

  20. Notes re Americans

  21. Notes re the British, Americans, etc.

  22. Notes re Canadians and Australians

  23. Notes re the British Empire

  24. Notes re the British Empire

  25. Notes re Canada/United States relations

  26. "U.C. College"

  27. "Athletics & U.C. College" (2 pages)

  28. "Address by Honourable J.B. Robinson to U.C.C. 1892-3" (1 page plus envelope)

  29. "[memo] re Brocks Monument ceremony"

  30. Notes re Canada's constitution and the "foundation of a great Northern nation"

  31. Notes for a speech honouring someone whose success is a "benefit to the whole Dominion"

  32. "Doctors"

  33. Notes re a conversation between a doctor, his wife, a patient, a lawyer - play script?

  34. "Exhibition"

  35. "GTRR" [Grand Trunk Rail Road] (2 pages)

  36. Notes re population statistics of [Britain] with its colonies

  37. "Re Exhibition"

  38. Notes re emigration, agricultural societies, etc.

  39. "Re Agricultural Fairs"

  40. Notes re exhibition

  41. Notes re the militia, ie. loss of lives for Canada, etc.

  42. Notes re the militia

  43. "Militia"

  44. "Notes on the Beverley House on the Hudson by J.B.R." (3 pages plus 1 envelope)

  45. Notes for a speech "To the Corporation of the County of Brant and the Corporation of the City of Brantford" (2 pages)

  46. "Opening of Library"

  47. "Extracts from [Froule] Australia"

  48. "The Exhibition"

  49. "The [Wilberforce] Extracts"

101:"JBR's first speech in public", St. Georges Parochial Branch Association, 14th May 1849

102:"JBR Address to The Corporation of Montreal, Presented [June 11th] 1856"

103:notes regarding fishing industry (historical information dating 1677-1852)

104:"Mem. for Speech at [ ] Lunch - at St. Laurence Hall when Mayor - 1856"

105:"When elected Mayor 1856 - Spoken from The Mayor's Chair - City Hall"

106:note re General Wolfe

107-112. Miscellaneous notes, ie. indecipherable, etc.



Box 3

Folder 1:

Invitations to various functions: 1784 - United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada luncheon invitation to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the landing of the Loyalists

1862 - dinner in honour of John Beverley Robinson's retirement from the office of Chief Justice of Upper Canada

1862 - ball in celebration of The Prince of Wales' twenty-first birthday

1882 - Mayors banquet "to meet Her Majesty's Ministers"

1884 - ball to celebrate the Semi Centennial Celebration of the City of Toronto

1894, 1895 - Toronto Bicycle Club dinner

1895 - Army and Navy Club house privileges extended to Governor Robinson for fifteen days

1907 - garden party held by Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Mrs. Clark in honour of Prince Fushimi

1911 - luncheon invitation to Mrs. Forsyth Grant's Company to meet Governor General and Countess Grey

1912 - dinner held to bid farewell to the former Official Residence of the Lieutenant-Governors of Ontario

1912 - garden party invitation extended by The Duke and Duchess of Connaught to Captain and Mrs. Forsyth Grant

numerous undated invitations, especially to the Captain and Mrs. Forsyth Grant; miscellaneous others (Note: see Box 1 Folders 20 & 21 for additional material related to Mrs. Forsyth Grant)

two Christmas cards (one to "Dear Sussie... Mattie")

miscellaneous post cards (not written on)

identity cards of various prominent people, ie. Lieut. General T.C. Lyons, Sir Julian Pauncefote, Vice Admiral Sir John Hopkins, etc.

identity cards from one envelope with notation: "Cards left on my father & self in London 1846", ie. Sir Francis Simpkinson, Mr. Justice Hagerman, Lieutenant General Sir Howard Douglas, Sir Robert Harry Inglis, The Misses Hallifax, etc.

identity cards from one envelope with notation: "Cards left on JBR & self while in England 1854 - Mr[s]. Beverley Robinson, The Hollow", ie. Lt. Colonel Charles Lindsay, Sir John Pakington, Sir John Dean Paul, etc.



Box 3

Folder 2 :

September 19, 1881 - Mayor and Corporation of the Town of Chatham

September 20, 1881 - West Kent Agricultural Association President and Directors, Chatham

September 20, 1881 - West Kent Agricultural Association President and Directors, Chatham

January 4, 1883 - House of Providence, Toronto

February 26, 1883 - W. Pemberton Page, Legislative Chamber of the Parliament Buildings, Toronto (re Grange Resolution)

August 30, 1883 - Fourth Annual Convention of the North American St. Georges Union, Toronto

October 3, 1883 - North York Electoral District Agricultural Society, and the Municipal Corporation of the Town of Newmarket, Newmarket

October 10, 1883 - Corporation of the County of Brant and the Corporation of the City of Brantford

June 11, 1884 - Municipal Council of Windsor

August 29, 1884 - Mayor of the Town of Stratford

August 25, 1886 - Address from Indians of Fort William

August 26, 1886 - Address from Port Arthur

September 9, 1886 - Reeve of Gananoque

September 30, 1886 - Eastern Townships Agricultural Association, Sherbrooke, Quebec

September 30, 1886 - Mayor of Sherbrooke, Quebec

October 1886 - Brant Memorial Association, Brantford

October 1886 - Mayor and Members of the Town Council of the Town of Peterborough

September 4, 1886 - Mayor of Penetanguishene

no date - President and Directors of the West Riding of Peterborough Agricultural Society (opening of the second "Peterborough Central Exhibition")

no date - County of Perth Caledonian Society

no date - Six Nations Agricultural Society



Box 3

Folder 3:

1887 - letters referring to a circular sent out by C.J. Campbell regarding a proposed testimonial to be presented to Mrs. John Beverley Robinson on her "retirement" from Government House


ROBINSON FAMILY BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION (Note: See also Box 1 Folder 11 for additional biographical information, ie. letters dated Feb. 20, May 23, June 6 & Aug. 21, 1893 and June 8, 1898)

Box 3

Folder 4:

numerous notes, newspaper clippings, letters, etc. regarding the Robinson family, ie. Christopher Hagerman, Elizabeth Hagerman, Mary Jane Hagerman, John Beverley Robinson, Col. Beverley Robinson, Nicholas Hagerman, Major Robert Beverley, Bishop Robinson, Stewart Houston, etc.


ACCOUNTS, FINANCIAL RECORDS, ETC. (accounts for clothing, boots, dog licences, promissory notes in favour of John Beverley Robinson, liquor accounts, wine merchants, food accounts, stock market sales, magazine and newspaper subscription receipts, drug store receipts, gardeners, etc.)

Box 4


1:1865-1895 - personal financial records of John Beverley Robinson, written in his own hand

2:1850's, plus 1878 - accounts: receipts, invoices, etc.

3:1880 - as above

4:1881 - as above

5:1882 - as above

6:1883 - as above

7:1884 - as above

8:1885 - as above

9:1886 - as above

10:1887 - as above

11:1888 - as above

12:1889 - as above

Box 5


1:1890 - accounts: receipts, invoices, etc.

2:1891 - as above

3:1892 - as above

4:1893 - as above

5:1894 - as above

6:1895 - as above

7:1896 - as above

8:no date - as above


ST. PATRICK'S WARD, and other elections materials (Note: see Series V for related notebook)

Box 6

Folder 1:

two lists of peoples names and titles entitled [Outvoters] or [Ont.voters], (no date)

list of people's names entitled "contest for Alderman", (no date)

petition to John Beverley Robinson from the Electors of the Ward of St. Patrick's asking that he seek the position of Alderman in the City Council, [1850]

Oct. 12, 1850 - response from John Beverley Robinson "To John Gibson and 40 other Electors of St. Patrick's Ward" thanking them for their support and acknowledging his intention to run for Alderman

notebook in John Beverley Robinson's hand entitled "St. Patrick's Ward - Election for Alderman - W.A. Campbell's [ ] after Bishop St." - under street headings lists names of people (also notations beside many of the names) - the notebook had also been used for the purpose of listing food expenses [1855]

"St. Patrick's Ward - State of the Poll" indicating number of votes for alderman and councilmen (no dates)

St. Patrick's Ward card soliciting votes for "J.B.Robinson as Alderman"

"Return after a poll has been taken" - certificate indicating that John Beverley Robinson has been elected for the Electoral District of West Toronto, 1875

printed "Instructions for Voting by Ballot" with voting results for St. Patrick's and other wards on back

cards soliciting votes for J.B. Robinson as Alderman in St. Patrick's Ward, as "representative in the House of Commons for Algoma", as "The Seat of Government in Toronto", and as "representative of West Toronto", (no dates)

publication entitled "Information for the Electors No. 1", [1895]


JOHN BEVERLEY ROBINSON: LAND PURCHASE AND OWNERSHIP DOCUMENTS, DOCUMENTS RELATING TO NORTHERN MINING LOCATIONS, ETC. (Note: see Series U for related maps, Series T for related Deeds of Land), and Series V for related notebook)


2:1854-1859 - property lists indicating land and house values, purchase figures, profits, etc.

3:1867-1876 - correspondence, reports, notes, financial records, etc. regarding northern properties, ie. Trowbridge Silver Mining Location, Thunder Bay, Lake Superior, and Little Pic River iron location

4:1881-1888 - correspondence, notes, financial records, etc. regarding northern properties, especially in the Sault Ste. Marie area

5:1889-1895 - correspondence, notes, financial records, etc. regarding northern properties, especially in the Sault Ste. Marie area


PHOTOGRAPHS (plus one sketch included with photos ie. Box 8 #2)

Box 7

1-2: two framed photos of a baby, 2 1/2 years old, unidentified, asleep in a hammock at "Tolendal", Allandale, Aug. 1905

3: framed photo of Pope Leo XIII - inscription on back reads "In an audience with the Holy Father Pope Leo XIII on the 25 of Sept. 1879 with the undersigned, He sent his photograph to Hon. Mrs. J.B. Robinson, as a recognition of her early services in the cause of Religion and charity towards the orphans and the poor of Toronto - [signed] John Joseph Lynch, Arch. of Toronto"

4: framed photo of woman, unidentified (daguerreotype)

5-6: two framed photos of individual men, unidentified (#5 is a daguerreotype)

7: framed photo with inscription: "taken from a portrait of my three aunts, the Miss Robinson's [Emily, Augusta, and Louisa], who were afterwards - Mrs. G.[ ] Allan, Mrs. Henry Lefroy, Mrs. James Strachan"

8-10: small girl in lace dress and bonnet, unidentified [Stewart Huston]

11: angel

12: dog

13: woman and small girl, unidentified [Augusta Huston and Stewart Huston]

14: small girl on bench, unidentified [Stewart Huston]

15: man with boutonniere, unidentified - (inscription: "with kind regards of J.J. [Paterewskie])

16: nanny and small girl, unidentified [Stewart Huston]

17: woman with veil and lace dress, with much jewellery - (inscription: "Good-bye! In kind remembrance of [E. Alba____] 1906")

18: Mr. Macdonald, customs office, Niagara Falls

19: Mrs. Macdonald, Niagara Falls, Ont.

20: Bishop Strachan

21: Mrs. James Strachan - The Cottage, Toronto

22: Mr. S.B. Harman, Mayor of Toronto

23: Mrs. Stanton (Anne Hagerman) - (return to Mrs. Forsyth Grant)

24-25: Sir Francis Bond Head, aged 80 1/4, April 16,1873

26: Major H. Goodwin taken at 74 years of age

27: [ ] [ ] Monument

28: John Beverley Robinson, L.O.M., after Ridgeway, June 1866

29: photo of man in uniform (inscription: For my sweet niece, per C.W.R. [Christopher Robinson])

30: J.B. Robinson Jr. from Mr. [Barthan]

31-32: group of seven women and one man, unidentified

33: identical photo to #7

34: young girl, unidentified

35: young girl holding book, unidentified

36: young boy in clown costume

37: photo of woman (inscription: "Mdlle Albani as Marguerite in Faust" - also accompanying note: "Madame Albani when a young girl - a rare photograph")

38: two young girls in long gowns, unidentified

Box 8

1: two photos under one matting of small girl, unidentified [Stewart Huston]

2: sketch of windmills, fishing boats, river, etc. (inscription on left side: "Rembrandt del."; inscription on right side: "W.B. Leyden 1765")

3: man in uniform, unidentified

4: building with many pillars, horse and buggy with man and woman, and two small girls standing in front of building

5: man, unidentified

6: two photos, one of a man, and one of a woman, under one matting, unidentified

7: young girl, unidentified (inscription: "1820 Nov. 1909")

8: woman, unidentified

9: "Miss Stewart Houston debutante, granddaughter of the late John Beverley Robinson, one time governor of Ontario, 320 St. George St., Photo by Ashley and Crippen"

10: man, unidentified [Stewart Huston (Stewart Huston Bagnani's father)]

11: woman, unidentified

12: woman and small girl, unidentified [Augusta Huston and Stewart Huston]

13: young girl, unidentified

14: woman, unidentified

15: woman, unidentified

16: woman (inscription: "To darling Babe from "[Mum]", [ ] April 10th, 1918")

17: man, unidentified [John Beverley Robinson]

18: small girl, unidentified

19: small girl, unidentified

20: [Phyllis Nordheimer]

21: boy, in jester's costume

22: General Sir Isaac Brock (inscription: "Major General Sir Isaac Brock, killed at Queenston Heights, 1812 - from a picture in possession of his niece Mrs. Henry Tupper, Guernsey, 1881")

23: "Cousin [ ], Mrs. Stanton"

24: "Old Sleepy Hollow Cottage taken when turning first [ ] for The Athletic Club, 14 Sept. 91"

25: woman, unidentified

26: man, unidentified (inscription: "From his old friend The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario") [John Beverley Robinson]

27: Sir John Beverley Robinson, Bart. C.B., etc.

28: "Old Hannah, 1890, for 30 years in Lady Robinson's service at Beverley House"

29: "Mrs. Charles McGrath, formerly Anne Hagerman, first cousin of Mrs. John B. Robinson"

30: group of four children, one girl and three boys, unidentified

31: man, unidentified

32: woman, unidentified

33: woman, unidentified (inscription: "January 1880")

34: statue (inscription: "N.603, Roma, Fontana delle Tartarughe")

35: statue (inscription: "(Ed. ne Alinari) P.e I.a N.o 6700. Roma - Piazza Navona, La Fontana centrale detta dei quattro Fiumi. (Bernini.)")

36: statue (inscription: "2520 - Roma - Venere - Scultura attica del V secolo - Museo Nazionale - Anderson")

Box 9

Oversized Photos

37: man, unidentified (inscription: "To Mrs. Forsyth Grant with the compliments of the artist, J.W.L. Forster")

38: man (inscription: "In memory of many jolly times on tour Jan.-April [1899] from Harry Plumber [ ]")

39: sketch of girl, unidentified



Box 9 (continued)

Notes on legal paper possibly compiled by C.C. Robinson on administration and municipal government of York - section titles include:

Town Wardens

Treaty of Paris

Township Officers

Counties and Ridings


Incorporation of the City of Toronto


Street Railway

Water Works

University at Queen's Park


Wolves and Bears




Jury and Jurors

Court House & Gaol


Boundary Lines


Government of City

Hawkers & Pedlars

Agricultural Societies


Board of Trade

Billiard Tables



Debt & Indentures


Hospitals & Charities

Liquor Licenses

Mechanics Institute


Parliament Buildings





Box 9 (continued)

Folder 1:

"Rules of the Book Society", March 1, 1845

"County Council of York - Memorandum re -- York Roads - C.C. Robinson" - with attached publication, Dominion of Canada in the Supreme Court of Canada - Appeal from the Court of Appeal for Ontario between The Corporation of the County of York and Wilma Chapman - Appellants' Factum, 1893

Petition of the County of Kent to the Right Honourable Sir John A. Macdonald requesting that John Beverley Robinson be appointed Lieutenant Governor for another term, June 9 1885

Petition of the Corporation of the Town of Whitby to The Governor General in Council requesting that John Beverley Robinson be appointed Lieutenant Governor for another term, no date

"Scope of the Provincial Archivist's Office" (envelope - "Dominion Archivist")

Sir Isaac Brock - "Brothers & Sisters of Sir Isaac Brock and their descendants" - family tree

Resolution - "Resolved - that this council [Barrie] have learned with pleasure... a second term of office to the Honourable John Beverley Robinson as Lieutenant Governor

"Commission Appointing The Honourable John Beverley Robinson Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Ontario. Dated 30th June, 1880..."

"Osgoode Hall, Certificate of Admission of Mr. John B. Robinson", Feb. 14, 1837

Document certifying that William Forsythe Forsythe Grant has been appointed Captain of a Company in the 82nd Regiment of Foot

Letter of "commission" appointing John Beverley Robinson to the Office of Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Ontario, 5 July 1880, signed by Under Secretary of State, Ottawa

Certificate appointing John Beverley Robinson Lieutenant in the 2nd or Queen's Light Infantry Regiment of Incorporated Militia, 24 January, 1838, signed by Sir Francis Bond Head

Grant of 200 acres in the Hamilton District of Newcastle given to Nicholas Hagerman, November 11, 1805

Indenture: "Conveyance of Equity of Redemption [Sproule Lot] - James Lukin Robinson et ux to John Beverley Robinson, Jr."...", July 5, 1855

Miscellaneous Deeds of Land, and Mortgage Documents, 1851, 1854, 1855, 1882-1886

(on top of box) Degree from Collegium S.S. Trinitatis APUD Torontonenses presented to Stewart Fielde Houston


MAPS (Note: see Series Q for related documents on northern areas)

Box 9 (continued)

Maps of Georgian Bay islands; Trowbridge location; Sault Ste. Marie; Northern Limits of the Forest Trees; Topographical Plan of the North Shore of Lake Huron; Cape Breton; Huron and Ottawa Territory; Lake Superior to Winnipeg, Townships of Hull, Templeton, Buckingham, Wakefield, Portland and Derry; etc., c1880's



Box 9 (continued)

  1. Cheque Book, April 1882 to January 1884 (cheque stubs only - household expenses?)

  2. Lett's Diary "1875" - Feb. 13, 1876 - Jan. 1, 1877 - mentions Captain Forsyth Grant and Aunt Gussie, Grant sends her "such a lot of roses", July 28th "My birthday! & so old! 25!", refers to how much happier she is this year than last, July 29th asked Capt. F. Grant "to leave off gambling for a year from my birthday"

  3. Accounts book - "J.B. Robinson, Jr. April 20 1854 - Private" (photo of "Mrs. R." in inside pocket) - notes re property sales and other financial transactions, 1854-1863, 1888-1889; new section Government House - 1892, also mostly financial matters

  4. Leather clasped notebook "Lots at The Sault with Todd", May 1889; includes correspondence between John Beverley Robinson and others in inside pocket dated 1885, 1887 regarding Sault property

  5. Notebook "Alphabetical list of voters - St. Patrick's Ward - Election for Alderman", no date

  6. School notebook of John Beverley Robinson "J.W.B. Robinson - Dec. 20, 1836" - notebook on the history of Greece, Rome, England, etc. (some notes are in written in Latin)

  7. "Toronto Athletic Club Stock Book No.20", undated

  8. Notebook written by Mrs. Forsyth Grant, Toronto, 1887 regarding "the life in Hawaii" (also telegram from Mary J. Robinson to Miss C.M. Robinson wishing her Bon Voyage on her trip to Honolulu, 1887)

  9. Leather covered notebook with metal clasp "J.W.B. Robinson, Sept. 1, 1837 - Commenced the Bible, 27th Aug. 1837" - school and church notes

  10. "De La Rue's Red Letter Diary and Improved Memorandum Book. 1862" - Note inside "Dear Minnie's Journal... 1862-63-64" - entry March 27, 1862 "JBR appointed President of Executive Council! Left Quebec for Toronto", March 29th arrived in Toronto to a great throng of well-wishers, some household accounts; grocery notations and staff wages

  11. Staff wages book and household ledger - household expenses, etc. 1888, loosely inserted at front of book; and near back of book "Visits to be Paid" and "Callers... Visits Paid" (record of names and addresses, no date)

  12. Holy Bible - in poor condition, some pages loose and title page missing, date unknown date

  13. Holy Bible - King James Version, date unknown

  14. Scrapbook filled with newspaper clippings on every subject, literature, politics, nature, science, poetry, history and historical figures (some of the clippings are dated 1867, 1870, 1873, 1876, 1881)

  15. "Journal" filled with newspaper clippings relating to John Beverley Robinson and his term as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario - (some of the clippings are dated 1881 - 1894) (Note: on page 113, the following is handwritten: "All these extracts from many Newspapers were pasted by my dear wife & myself before we left the dear old Cottage, where we lived in peace and honour for 42 years - " [written by John Beverley Robinson])


MISCELLANEOUS NOTES (which seem not to have been written by John Beverley Robinson)

Box 10

Folder 1:

"Inscription on Cup - Presented to H.C. Thomson Esq, Proprietor and Editor of the Upper Canada Herald - Kingston Upper Canada...", [1825]

Sermon (or Prayers) written on 31 pages of a booklet, dated January 31, 1885, Toronto

"Tammy Burney, & notes" - photograph of Tammy Burney, "A Thanksgiving Prayer", and notes

"General Smyth to the soldiers of the army of the [centre], companions in arms"

"Sillery Manor House"

"Queen Ann's Wars 1702-1763"

Grand Trunk Railway strike, N.W. Campaign, etc.

"disconnected musings of an old soldier from her side", ie. "on a P & O mail steamer in 1863 the Chief Engineer a Scot of course became quite a friend...", etc.

list, ie. "Schools", "Wellington St.", "Cricket Ground", "Beverley House", etc.

"extract from Boston Monday Lectures by Joseph Cook"

"Biography of "Chalmer" [ ] Christian Life"



Box 10

Folder 2: Miscellaneous newspaper & magazine clippings, some in labelled envelopes



Box 10

Folder 3: Miscellaneous poems, songs, sketches, ribbons, Confederate States Bank Notes (one $5.00 and one $10.00 note, each dated February 17, 1864)



Box 11

Folder 1:

Denison, Grace E., "Toronto Society in 1854", The Home Journal, no date, p.12

Memorial to His Worship the Mayor and the Members of the City Council, Toronto (re Old Fort Protective Association)

Mr. Hagerman's Speech on the Union, Toronto, Upper Canada, 1840

Niagara in Summer and Winter (pictorial brochure), no date

Free Niagara: Nature's Grandest Wonder: New York's Imperial Gift to Mankind, 1885

Younge Street and Dundas Street: The Men After Whom They Were Named / by Henry Scadding, 1878

Wheel Outings in Canada and C.W.A. Hotel Guide / edited by P.E. Doolittle, 1895

Algoma: New Ontario. The Northwest: The Colonization and Immigration Movement in Algoma / Circular #7, 1892

The Guilford Memorial in the North Aisle of Winchester Cathedral, March 20 1875

The Georgian Bay Upper Canada Company, Limited: Prospectus, [1864]

To Celebrate Dominion Day: Reception by Lord and Lady Strathcoma: Programme, July 1, 1902

Memorial of the 100th Anniversary of the War of 1812-14

Report of a Select Committee of the Legislative Council of Upper Canada, Upon the Complaints Contained in an Address to the King..., 1836

An Appeal to the People of the Late Province of Upper Canada by Colonel Fitz Gibson, 1847

The True Ground of Peace (prayer book), no date

Imperial Federation (Defence) Committee. The Colonies and Maritime Defence, No. 1, [189?]

St. Andrews Society of Toronto: 50th Anniversary Assembly Dinner, 1895, Queen's Hotel

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Annual Report of the St. Andrew's Society of the State of New York for the Year 1893-1894...

Centennial of Upper Canada Now the Province of Ontario: The Hundredth Anniversary of the Establishment of the Representative System, July 16, 1792 (Centennial celebrated 1892)

Collection of Shakespearian Literature... The Log Shanty Book-shelf for the Year 1892...

Improvements Suggested in a Map of the World for the Use of Travellers by the Canadian Pacific and Americans Generally, no date

The Doty Churn, Patent No. 2132, 1889 (advertisement)

The Fifty-Sixth Report of Halifax Corresponding Committee of Colonial and Continental Church Society, 1909

Bicentenary of the Church of England in Canada: Opening of All Saints' Cathedral Halifax, Sept. 3-11, 1910

Bicentenary of the Church of England in Canada, 1710-1910: Opening of All Saints Cathedral and Canadian Church Congress, Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 3-10, 1910

Official Handbook of the Bicentenary (1710-1910) Commemoration of the Church of England in Canada

Royal Musical Festival: On the Occasion of the Visit to Toronto of Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, Massey Music Hall, 1901

St. James's Theatre: The Aristocrat [1917]

Appletons' Journal, January 22, 1876 ("J.B. Robinson re Beverley House")

Souvenir: Plays at Government House, 1872 to 1878

The Art Museum of Toronto...The Works of Old and Modern Masters, Selected by the National Gallery of Canada... 1916

The Meeting of the Magi, 11 April 1872

Bishop Strachan School Magazine, Christmas, 1919

Bishop Strachan School Magazine, Midsummer, 1919

Canada Law Journal: In Memoriam Christopher Robinson, 1905

Official Information Relating to the Dominion of Canada..., 1892

An Economic Revolution, Continental in Extent by Erastus Wiman... 1893

Continental Union Versus Reciprocity. Erastus Wiman Answered by an Ex-Member of the Canadian Parliament

House of Commons Debates - Fourth Session, Seventh Parliament: Speech of Mr. G.R.R. Cockburn, M.P. on the Tariff and Free Trade, 1894

Speech of C.A. Hagerman... on the Clergy Reserve Question... 1836

A Shakespeare Calendar for 1917

"Brock Centenary", notice regarding the Centenary of the death of Sir Isaac Brock, Sept. 25, 1912

"St. Paul's Cathedral. Service used on the occasion of the death of Sir Isaac Brock", Oct. 14, 1912

Programme for a concert held May 21, 1912

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