Fonds F 17

William Baldwin family fonds

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William Baldwin family fonds
Dates of Creation
1791-1881, [ca. 1917]
Physical Description

1.3 metres of textual records

Scope and Content

Fonds consists mainly of correspondence of various Baldwin family members, and documents relating to land transactions and business matters. Correspondence relates mainly to estate and business matters, but some letters discuss political and personal issues. Included in the correspondence are some letters of Elizabeth Russell, including a marriage proposal from Robert Baldwin. Other records include commissions, indentures, land patents, deeds, accounts, volumes of legal advice of Robert Baldwin and other lawyers, and other records.

Fonds also includes a number of business and estate papers of Quetton St. George, a French royalist officer who immigrated to Canada in 1798, became active in the fur trade, and whose business William Baldwin superintended after he returned to France in 1815.

Fonds also includes one legal size bound volume with pasted and loose inserts of eight lithographic letters by Robert Baldwin (Dec. 1847), various 1840's Reform Election Committee documents and posters, an English landscape print (published 1797), plus notes and published china and pottery markings for a Toronto auction ca. 1917. Included on one volume page is a sketch map of Thorah Township lots.

The volume's provenance can be traced to the Reform Election Committee of the Township of Thorah through its use as a canvass book for the Legislative Assembly elections of the 1840s for the York North Riding, formerly the 4th of York (County of York -- the Home District, of which Thorah was part until 1850).

The register contains lists of Thorah residents and proprietors from the 1842 Census, 1844 Assessment Roll and the 1847 canvass, with their occupation, assessed value and canvassed political allegiance. Robert Baldwin's lithographic letters soliciting support were composed for distribution to three separate audiences: new voters, supposed friends and supporters, and "to parties who formerly voted against us but who...will be induced to go with us now".

The relevance of the ca. 1917 inserts is unclear, since they may have been placed in the volume after it found itself in the Osgoode Hall Library.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

William W. Baldwin (1775-1844) and his son, Robert Baldwin (1804-1858), were lawyers in Ontario, who gained prominence in the administrative affairs of the province and Canada during the nineteenth century.

William Warren Baldwin (1775-1844) practiced both law and medicine at York (currently Toronto, Ontario) and was a leader of the reform party in politics.

Robert Baldwin (1804-1858) was a member of the Legislative Assembly and the Executive Council, Solicitor General for Upper Canada and for Canada West in the early and mid-nineteenth century.

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Baldwin, William (family)

Baldwin, W. W. (William Warren), 1775-1844

Baldwin, Robert, 1804-1858

Restrictions on Access
Item number 506, Robert Baldwin's Ledger, the Reform Election Committee Canvas Book for the Township of Thorah with its assorted inserts, is presently closed for conservation reasons. Otherwise, no restrictions on access.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright held by creator. These materials cannot be published without permission from the copyright holder. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study. If you wish to use any of this material for other than research and private study, submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
No acquisition information is available for the majority of this fonds. In 2006, the Archives of Ontario acquired a ledger from the Judges' Library at Osgoode Hall. Robert Baldwin may have left the ledger there during his tenure as Attorney-General of Canada West.
Associated Material

Other records of the Baldwin family are held by the Toronto Public Library.

Availability of Other Formats

Most records are available on self-service microfilm.

Title based on content of fonds.

Some records in this fonds are written in French.

Former Codes

MU 31 - MU 37. MS 88.

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