Fonds F 4448

John White fonds

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John White fonds
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

1 volume of textual records

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of one personal notebook kept by John White, the first Attorney General of Upper Canada.

The principal content of the notebook is a diary kept from 1792 until 1794. The early entries describe White's trip from Montreal to Kingston upon taking up his office. Thereafter, brief daily entries record his health, social engagements and matters relating to his working life, both as parliamentarian and as prosecutor. Among the associates frequently mentioned are Governor Simcoe and Chief Justice Osgoode. A transcription of this diary, edited by William Colgate, is published in Ontario History, vol. XLVII, no. 4, pgs. 147-170.

The diary entries conclude on 5 April 1794. A few pages following are occupied with memoranda of payments to various persons, all dated in 1797.

White also used this notebook to record his expenses, starting with his arrival at Montreal in 1792, and continuing, on a somewhat sporadic basis, until 1795. The accounts begin at the rear of the volume and are upside-down in relation to the diary entries.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

John White was a lawyer and the first Attorney-General of Upper Canada.

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White, John, d. 1800

Restrictions on Access
Original closed for conservation reasons. Researchers must use microfilm copy.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Records are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on reproduction, however permission of the Archives of Ontario is required for publication; submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This notebook was donated to the Archives of Ontario by Mrs. Robert Hotz of Middletown, Maryland in 2004.
Custodial History

The first page of this notebook bears an ownership inscription: Helen M. Merrill, January 1915.

This notebook is also known to have been at one time in the possession of Mrs. Frank Egerton of Toronto. By 1955, when a typed transcription of the diary was used for publication in Ontario History, the location of this original was not known.

The relationship between Helen M. Merrill, Mrs. Egerton, and the donor, Mrs. Hotz, is not currently known.

Availability of Other Formats

Notebook has been microfilmed as MS 8350.

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