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Edward Murphy Irish Manuscripts Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 88
  • Collection
  • between approximately 1650 and 1812

The collection consists of four early Irish manuscripts assembled by the Montreal collector Edward Murphy as part of his private library. The manuscripts include a copy of The Midnight Court (Cúirt an mheán oíche) by Brian Merriman, the Life of St. Patrick by John Chambers, Tri Biorghaoithe an Bhais (Three shafts of death) by Geoffrey Keating, and a fragment of an Irish vocabulary (Nuadhfoclóir bogcruaideach).

Hemp Cultivation Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 343
  • Collection
  • 1813

Collection contains letters, memorial, other documents dealing with the cultivation of hemp in Lower Canada, including those of Jesse J. P. Pennoyer.

Montreal Fire Club Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 437
  • Collection
  • 1786-1814

Contains 1 bound volume of minutes for the Montreal Fire Club from 2nd April 1786 to 14th November 1814. First 6 pages outline the purpose and engagement of the club members. List of 14 the members appears on page [2].

Montreal Fire Club

James McGill Collection

  • CA MUA MG1007
  • Collection
  • 1797-1814

McGill's papers are of both a personal and a business nature. Personal materials consist of almanacs, 1801, 1802, 1812, containing short, dry diary notes; a power of attorney from McGill to Duncan Cameron, 1809; photocopies of two letters to his business associates John Askin and Isaac Todd, 1812; and copies of his will, 1813. His business interests are represented by the journal of the firm of James and Andrew McGill, 1797-1814. Four documents concerning McGill's property and its boundaries, 1798, 1803 are contained in McGill University Administrative Records, Record Group 4, c.437-c.438.

McGill, James, 1744-1813

Patterson and Co. papers

  • CA RBD MSG 1139
  • Collection
  • 17 April 1811-22 June 1814

This collection contains a deed of assignment prepared for the firm Patterson and Co., created on 17 April 1811, with several renewals and additions, the last of which was on 22 June 1814. The deed of assignment includes many merchants and firms as attorneys or signatories, many of whom were involved in the fur trade and the North West Company.

Herman Witsius Ryland Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 813
  • Collection
  • 1810-1815

This collection consists of letters to Sir James Craig and others on the subject of Lower Canada, 1810-1815.

Ryland, Herman Witsius, 1760-1838

Thomas Douglas Selkirk Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 403
  • Collection
  • 1811-1816

These are letters from Selkirk to Miles MacDonnell, 1811-1813 and instructions concerning wages and contracts. Thirteen documents concern Lord Selkirk's conflict with the North West Company at the Red River Colony and Fort William.There is also a letter to Colonel Benjamin Walker, 1816.

Selkirk, Thomas Douglas, Earl of, 1771-1820

James Dennison Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 26
  • Collection
  • 1816-1817

Collection consists of a journal kept by Lord Amhurst's coachman, James Dennison, on a voyage to China with the Mission on the H.M.S. Alceste. Included is an account of the loss of the ship in the Straits of Gaspar.

James Forbes Zoological Drawings

  • CA RBD MSG BW003
  • Collection
  • between approximately 1800 and 1818

Collection consists of 57 illustrations of birds, eggs, snakes, and plants by James Forbes chiefly to illustrate his work "Oriental Memoirs," published in four volumes between 1813 and 1815. The majority of the illustrations are either engraved or hand-drawn and then coloured, and have been cut out and mounted on paper. In many cases, a background has been drawn in and coloured or partially coloured. Approximately thirty of the images depict tropical birds, many from the Indian subcontinent, as well as some from Brazil and Australia. A number of these drawings also feature insects, particularly butterflies, and trees and flowers. Fifteen drawings depict bird eggs, including many of forest birds. The images generally contain captions by Forbes or a contemporary, identifying the subject of the drawing. Some birds are unidentified. Numerous drawings also contain species identifications or annotations in pencil by Henry Mousely, librarian of the Blacker Wood Library at McGill University during the 1920s and 1930s. These drawings are tentatively dated to approximately 1811. A note on one drawing indicates that it was originally based on drawings created during Forbes's voyages during the 1780s, then recopied in 1811. Items 44 through 57 depict snakes and reptiles and are tentatively dated to between approximately 1811 and 1818, based on a small number of drawings which are signed and dated. Many of these drawings of snakes and reptiles feature as plates in Patrick Russell's "A Continuation of an Account of Indian Serpents: Containing Descriptions and Figures, from Specimens and Drawings" (1801).

Forbes, James, 1749-1819

Earl of Selkirk Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 403
  • Collection
  • 1816-1818

The thirteen documents are depositions taken by Lord Selkirk concerning the conflict with the North West Company at the Red River Settlement in Manitoba and at Fort William. On 11 June 1815, representatives of the North West Company attacked and fired upon the colonists, and demanded the surrender of Governor MacDonell, who, to avoid the loss of blood, gave himself up voluntarily. He was taken to Montreal as a prisoner, and charges were laid against him by his enemies, but his case was not tried. These depositions concern this case.

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