Fonds PF15 - John Smith fonds

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John Smith fonds

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CA ON00311 PF15

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13 cm of textual records

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John Smith (fl. 1853-1880) was a business agent and attorney in Dereham Township, Oxford County, Ontario.

Custodial history

The records in this fonds appear to have been in the custody by Alexander R. Duncan, grandson of Robert Gourlay. At an unknown date, Duncan transferred the records to Justice William Renwick Riddell. The records were received by The Law Society of Upper Canada Archives in 1984.

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Fonds consists of records created and maintained by business agent and attorney, John Smith. The fonds primarily documents his dealings with two clients, Robert Gourlay, and his daughter, Helen Gourlay. These dealings centre on land transactions and disputes with tenants over land owned by the Gourlays in Dereham Township, Oxford County, Ontario. The fonds documents the lives of Robert Gourlay and his family, through correspondence and various publications maintained by Smith. The fonds includes correspondence, a notebook, promissory notes, bills, lists of account transactions, receipts, a list of lands and tenants, a valuation of land for rents, leases, powers of attorney, subpoenas, affidavits of disbursement, admissions, bonds, a writ, published booklets, broadsides, a newspaper, a legislative amendment, a poem, and sketches. Fonds consists of the following series: Fonds is comprised of the following series: Correspondence and notebook, Financial records, Legal records, Published material, and poem Sketches

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