Collection RC0534 - Elizabeth Simcoe collection

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Elizabeth Simcoe collection

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  • [1850]-[19--] (Creation)

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3 items
1 cm of textual records
1 photograph

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Elizabeth Gwillim, gentlewoman, author and artist, was baptized on 22 September 1762 in Aldwincle, England according to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. She married John Graves Simcoe on 30 December 1782, at the age of twenty, if the date of birth given by the DCB is correct. From 1791 to 1796 she lived with her husband in Upper Canada as he served out his term as Lieutenant Governor. While there she kept diaries and painted water colours of Canadian scenes. Her writings were published as The Diary of Mrs. John Graves Simcoe in 1911. She died at Wolford Lodge near Honiton, England on 17 January 1850.

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The collection consists of: an original photograph, the Simcoe family estate in Wolford, England, with a woman, possibly Mrs. Simcoe, on the front lawn; a handwritten copy of a letter from her daughter, Sophia Simcoe, originally written in June 1835, mentioning her mother and Mrs. Scadding; a typewritten extract from an article by Henry Crawford Scadding commenting on an event in Mrs. Simcoe's diary. The dates of creation of the latter two items are not known.

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Collection (38-1992) was acquired in November 1992 in a copy of The Diary of Mrs. John Graves Simcoe (1934) formerly owned by Henry Crawford Scadding and purchased from Acadia Books.


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