Fonds MG4001 - Charles Ebenezer Moyse Fonds

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Charles Ebenezer Moyse Fonds

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  • 1900-1919 (Creation)
    Moyse, Charles E. (Charles Ebenezer), 1852-1924

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18 cm of textual records

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Born in England, Charles Moyse received two B.A. degrees from the University of London; English, 1872 and in animal physiology, 1874. After serving as the headmaster of St. Mary's College in Peckham, England, he came to McGill University in 1878 as Professor of history and Associate Professor of English language and literature. From 1882 to 1919, he was Molson Professor of English Language and Literature and held the position of Lecturer in history from 1882 to 1895. In 1904 he became the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and the Vice-Principal of the University. In 1919 he retired as Emeritus Vice-Principal.

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Moyse's private papers consist largely of correspondence, and fall into four subject-areas: finance, associations and philanthrophy, literature and personal affairs. Financial papers consist of invoices for purchases, papers and correspondence regarding property purchases and taxes, and customs and shipping notices. Moyse's memberships in associations, particularly cricket clubs, is documented by correspondence and invoices for dues, as are his contributions to organizations such as the Y.M.C.A. and various hopitals. Literary correspondence concerns his own publications of fiction, as well as the publication ventures of others. Some are covering letters for manuscripts submitted for his criticism. Finally, his personal correspondence contain letters from Canadian and English friends, as well as McGill colleagues. Letters to Mrs. Moyse from their two sons describe their experience on active service during World War I.

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