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Ballooning collection

  • RC0190
  • Coleção
  • 1784-1956

This collection consists of a variety of artifacts (a coin token, brass and wooden boxes), a barometer, illustrations and art, books, cards, and ephemera about ballooning from the late eighteenth century to the first decades of the twentieth century.

Musical compositions for keyboard and voice

  • MS098
  • Item
  • ca. 1785-1790

The first 72 p. of the manuscript contain keyboard music with no composers identified. The vocal selections include works from the English stage such as "The Farmer", "The Village Maid", and "The Deserter." Singers include Signora Fraci, Mr. Darley, Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Mountain, Mrs. Martyr, Mrs. Mattocks.

Richard Nisbet manuscript

  • MS045
  • Item
  • 1786

The manuscript is titled "Richard Nisbet's Navigation Book". A bookplate bearing his coat of arms and motto (Vis Fortibus Arma) with his initials is affixed to the pastedown of the front board. A smaller binder's mark is affixed in the upper left corner of the front pastedown indicating that the manuscript was bound by T. Hookham of New Bond Street [London]. The front board bears the word "Navigation" embossed in gold. The manuscript contains 177 pages of text with extensive geometric diagrams, some of which have been coloured. A sea chart of the area around the English Channel and Bay of Biscay has been tipped in near the centre of the manuscript.

Nisbet, Richard

Simpson-Reid Family Fonds

  • Arquivo
  • 1786 - 1941

Fonds consists of correspondence, bereavement notices, and legal contracts relating to the life of the Reid-Simpson family in the late 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Of particular note are a collection of English business licenses and contracts on parchment from the early 19th century, James Simpson's pocket diaries detailing his life, and a substantial number of letters describing Thomas Bassett Reid's experiences of India during the 1850s.

Simpson-Reid Family

Claude Guillot fonds

  • RC0770
  • Arquivo
  • 1789-1798

The fonds consists of the following documents: a military certificate, noting that Claude Guillot is a volunteer in a military company stationed in Marseille, 6 June 1789; a letter of recommendation from his military company, 11 June 1794; a certificate of his admission to hospital in Mezierot on 14 July 1794; a travel document, 10 April 1798.

Guillot, Claude

Napoleon and French Revolution collection

  • RC0501
  • Coleção
  • 1789-1916

This collection of prints and drawings visually documents France and its imperial ambitions, notably the end of the Ancien Régime (Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette), the French Revolution, Napoleon reign’s as Emperor and his defeat in 1815, and Napoleon III and the Second Republic. Descriptions of each print or drawing consists of the title (sometimes supplied), measurement, the names of the artist, engraver, publisher or printer, and the source (sometimes a previous collection or from a museum or publication).

Tins of Cornwall, England and the island of Banca, West Indies.

  • MS141
  • Item
  • [1790?]-1859

Manuscript is a fair copy of letters and accounts which were published as Letters, Remarks, &c. with a view to open an extensive trade in the article of tin, from the County of Cornwall to India, Persia, and China, compiled by George Unwin (London: W. and J. Stratford, 1790). The manuscript was owned with a print copy of the book (catalogued as <a href="http://catalogue.mcmaster.ca/catalogue/Record/807616">B18058</a> and part of the library of the future King George IV).

The additional letter explains that the ms copy was found with"some old papers" at the Board of Trade offices. The letter from a Mr. Williams was sent to William George Anderson, the Auditor of the Duchy of Cornwall (1851-1891).

Token coinage collection

  • RC0829
  • Coleção
  • 1792-1794

Tokens such as these were issued in many places in England between 1787 and 1800 when the government failed to mint enough copper coinage for the conduct of business. One of the coins is a Samuel Johnson copper coin, the other is a Jack Lackington copper coin.

Harold and Grace Leather fonds

  • RC0139
  • Arquivo
  • 1793-1978

There have been three accruals. The first accrual, which consisted of photographic slides and camera equipment, was deacessioned in July 2008. The second accrual (28-1996, 32-1996) measures 1 m, and is arranged into the following series: personal correspondence; legal correspondence and documents; Canadian Red Cross society; Samuel B. Freeman scrapbooks; memorabilia; certificates and awards; photographs and albums. It includes legal correspondence relating to the family property on 341 James St. South. The third accrual (29-1998) measures 3 cm and consists of correspondence, news clippings and a photograph.

Leather, Grace

Hendrick van Aernum Lease

  • RC0794
  • Item
  • 1794

Lease by Hendrick van Aernum of Lansingburgh in Rensselaer Co., New York to Levinus Lansing of Lansingburgh, for five shillings New York money paid, granting to Levinus Lansing the piece of land lying in the patent of Stone Arabia, Rensselaer Co., for one year, paying one peppercorn in rent. Signed by Hendrick van Aernum. Dated 17 Nov. 1794. Witnesses, Daniel Marven and Richard Lansing.

Van Aernum, Hendrick

Field book

  • MS064
  • Item
  • 1795

Musical compositions for keyboard and voice

  • MS103
  • Item
  • ca. 1795

Manuscript contains excepts from ballad operas, scored for voice and keyboard. Included are The Village Maid, The Poor Soldier, The Duenna and The Spoilt Child.

Dorset (England) manuscript collection

  • MS134
  • Coleção
  • 1796

The collection consists of seven inventories, compiled for each Dorset parish, of the number of farmers, livestock, amount and type of crops (dead stock), number of servants who can be mounted on horseback, number of servants who can be armed with pickaxes and shovels. The inventories were collected by Lord Milton's Corps of Yeomanry Calvary, the volunteer Dorset Rangers. It seems likely that the inventory was prepared in anticipation of a French invasion.

Margaret Watkins fonds

  • RC0024
  • Arquivo
  • 1800-1969

Fonds consists of seven series: ancestral records, personal correspondence, business records, photographic work, personal notes and manuscripts, diaries and ephemera and newspaper clippings. Material in this fonds is primarily English although there is correspondence in German and Arabic and newspaper clippings and an exhibition program in Japanese.

Watkins, Margaret

Sarah Dixon poems

  • RC0666
  • Item
  • 1800?-1820?

Additions to Poems on Several Occasions Canterbury: printed by J. Abree, 1740. The early nineteenth century owner of the book (which has been catalogued as a rare book (C2584), apparently had access to the papers of Mrs. Dixon's niece, Mrs. Eliza Bunce. It seems Mrs. Bunce saw this volume through the press and kept the original manuscripts; from these the owner copied a number of unpublished poems, and added some which were printed in the newspaper at later dates, and lines which were found in a copy of the book in the British Museum. Two leaves are bound in the book and do not form part of the page count above.

Dixon, Sarah

Psalms and hymns

  • MS102
  • Item
  • ca. 1800

Musical scores.

Sir William Rough - Letter to Dr. Symmons

  • RC0673
  • Item
  • 1800

Letter written by Sir William Rough to Dr. Symmons. The letter is damaged and part of the text is missing.

Rough, William

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