Subseries 6 - Family and courtship letters

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Family and courtship letters

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CA MUA MG 1022-2-6

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  • 1841-1899 (Creation)

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30 cm of textual records

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Dawson's family correspondence include letters from Margaret Mercer Dawson, before their marriage between 1841-1845 and also later; his son, George Mercer Dawson, on geological and personal matters; and other family members, between approximately 1869-1899. There are 74 letters exchanged between Sir William and Margaret Mercer Dawson whose topics range from geological excursions to family matters and religious ideas. Letters also give interesting accounts of mid-nineteenth century medical procedures during Margaret's illness.

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74 courtship letters between Sir William Dawson and Margaret Mercer Dawson donated by Lois Winslow-Spragge (Accession 1377, Bundle 15, Group B).


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74 courtship letters described by B. Joan Waye as part of coursework for the Graduate School of Library Science. Descriptions taken from "A Preliminary List of Correspondence of John William Dawson with Margaret A. Y. Mercer, Accession 1377 Bundle 15 Group B, 1841-1847" (University Archives, McGill University, 1973).

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