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Francis Frost Smiths Falls Canada 1895 -1896

Francis Frost Smiths Falls Canada 1895 -1896

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I saw this for sale on Ebay and no, I do not sell on Ebay, and decided it needed to be documented. It is an important part of Smiths Falls History.

This is  an original 1895 2 page  letter (2 sheets, typed 1 side each)  with registered mailing envelope & 1896 Autobiographical Questionnaire   

 From  Francis T Frost    to   Henry Morgan

Francis T Frost was Smiths Falls Ontario Member of Parliament for Leeds & Grenville elected in General election of June 23 1896 as a Liberal in Prime Minister Wilfred Laurier’s Government. A partner with his brother in the Smith Falls Ontario  firm Frost & Wood. First mayor of the town of  Smiths Falls 1883, and local Reeve for 7 years prior to mayoralty.


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This lot contained the following 3 items:

Sept 19 1895 letter on 2 pages typed and autographed signed by Francis T Frost. Typed on 1 side each of 2 sheets. The first sheet is illlustrated letterhead of the firm Frost & Wood with illustration of a farm implement  ‘no 5 Buckeye Mower’ . size 8 1/4 x 10 3/4 fine wove paper. The second sheet is size 8 1/4 x 10 3/4 laid paper watermarked ‘IMPERIAL PARCHMENT’ and is the continuation of the letter with closing autograph signature.
Matching Sept 19 1895 envelope mailing cover  which contained the above letter, postmarked Sept 19 1895 and registered. The envelope is 5 7/8″ x 3 3/8″ and has age toning on the front and uneven toning on the back.       Stamp:  Scott # 44 8 cents small queen blue-grey. Postmarks:   SMITHS FALLS SP 19 95 Squared circle postmarks front and back ; Smiths falls CDS; TORONTO&OTAWA C.P.R.M.C. No 3  SP 19 95;  OTTAWA R SP 20 ’95 receiver postmark on back  



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1896 Questionnaire dated Nov 30 1896 (dated Nov 30 by Henry Morgan with his diagonally overwritten cover note to Mr Frost on front)  Autographed written filled out form by Mr Frost on Page 2 and 3 with signature.  Questionnaire  5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ 4 sides folded (overall this is 1 sheet of paper 8 1/2 x 11 printed 2 sides to make the 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 4 page form)  The questionnair is the standard typeset one circulated by Henry Morgan in 1896 to gather information for his ‘Canadian “Men & Women of the time” publication the next edition that was to appear in 1897. There is no mailing envelope for this questionnaire. It appears that Mr Morgan filed this form away in the same Frost & Wood envelope as the 1895 letter (as was Morgan’s custom for filing papers that he saved.

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Henry Morgan was the noted 19th century Canadian encyclopedic Biographer. Morgan was prolific(to say the least) in his first hand research of notable Canadian figures. For about 50 years beginning in the late 1850s he sent out questionnaires and requests for biographical info to virtually all notable Canadian Men and Women, corresponding with them directly and to their heirs. If not for the efforts of Henry Morgan many of the personal details we know today about virtually every public figure of the 1800s-  politicians including all the fathers of Confederation,community leaders, writers, scientists, artists, engineers, business leaders and other 19th century thinkers would have been lost to history.

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Illustrated Cover envelope:  

Stamp:   Canada Small Queen #44  8 cents bluish grey

Rate:  8 cents Registered mail rate

Originating postmarked on front:   SMITHS FALLS SP 19 95  squared circle

Receiver Postmarked on back:  OTTAWA SP 20 95

Addressed to:  Henry J Morgan Esq Ottawa.


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