Fonds F 1293

Small and Gowan fonds

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Small and Gowan fonds
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Physical Description

1.3 metres of textual records

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of correspondence and other records of the law firm run by James Small, and then by James Small and James Gowan, from the years 1824- 1845, as well as other records of James Gowan, and some correspondence of John Small (James Small's father).

Records of the law firm include letters, bills, receipts, notes on cases, writs, summonses, bonds, leases, mortgages, indentures and estate documents.

Fonds also includes letters relating to Gowan's removal to Barrie in 1843 and his position there as Judge; correspondence to and from Robert Baldwin and Oliver Mowat as Attorneys- General; correspondence and notes concerning judicial legislation with which Gowan was involved, 1873-1876, as a member of the Statute Revision Committee.

Fonds also contains some general correspondence of James Gowan and of James Small, including: a letter concerning the destruction of Mackenzie's printing press, 1826; references to Indian lands, 1835- 1846; a description of Toronto and Upper Canada written to an Irish friend, 1842; and a petition of the Ontario County Court Judges to Sir John A. Macdonald. Other references or correspondents include the Quebec City election of 1841; the Rebellion of 1837; Fort Henry at Kingston; Ogle R. Gowan; the Hon. C.S. Patterson; and Justice John Beverley Robinson.

Also included are some records of John Small (father of James Small), Clerk of the Executive Council, including some receipts of money loaned by Small.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Small and Gowan was a nineteenth century law firm based in Toronto, Ontario, operated by James Edward Small (1798-1869), a lawyer, politician, and judge, and James Robert Gowan (1815- 1909), a lawyer, jurist, and senator.

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Title based on content of fonds.

Fonds was originally described as the Small (James E.) Papers.

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