Fonds F 556

Ely Playter fonds

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Ely Playter fonds
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

20 centimetres of textual records

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of the diary of Ely Playter who lived near York in Upper Canada and later in Niagara County in New York State. Playter was a farmer, lay preacher and officer in the Upper Canada militia. In 1824 he was elected to the House of Assembly.

The diary documents Playter's day-to-day life from 1801 to 1853. Since he was a lay preacher with the Methodist church, religious topics feature prominently. Other topics include his farming and lumbering activities; his difficulties in rounding up local militia men during the War of 1812; the fall of York to the Americans in 1813 and its subsequent occupation; election practices in Upper Canada; activities in the House of Assembly of Upper Canada; and various movements affecting New York politics in the 1840s (including the abolitionist movement, the temperance movement, the Locofocos, and the divisions in the Whig party).

The diaries are chronological; however, numerous gaps exist. There are no entries for 1807-1808 or from October 1812 to April 1813 and with the exception of December 1836 there are no entries from 1834 to 1839.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Ely Playter (1776-1858) was a farmer, lumberman, militia officer, and member of the Upper Canada House of Assembly, who lived in and around York (Toronto).

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Playter, Ely, 1776-1858

Restrictions on Access
Originals are restricted for conservation reasons. Microfilm must be used.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Records are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study. If you wish to use other than for research and private study any of this material, submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Fonds was acquired by the Archives of Ontario in 1954 from Mary Playter Daniel of San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Availability of Other Formats

Records are available on microfilm.

Title based on content of fonds.

Former Codes

Accession Number: 1529. MU 5901 - MU 5902. MS 87.

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