Publisher: Canada Company Office
Date Published: 1841
Binding: No binding
4pp. letter, dated, Toronto 1841, folded to 7-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches with page 3 blank. Some folds and old paper repairs, and a 1-1/2 inch circular section missing on the edge of p3 and 4 not affecting any writing, otherwise, very good.
This letter is from Frederick Widder, Canada Company to Dr. Robert Alling of Guelph. The letter is responding to Dr. Alling's concern over payments from the Canada Company for services rendered. As well, Widder is asking Dr. Alling to prepare more support facts and information relative to the comparison of emigration to Upper Canada versus USA which is a concern of Widder's.
Some very interesting insights into the financial relationship between Alling and the Canada Company and the Canada Companies leveraging his writing skills.
Dr. Robert Alling had previously written a very long and highly supportive letter to the Commissioners of the Canada Company dated Guelph Dec. 16th, 1840. Sections and quotes from this letter was used in promotional material and was also published in full in an 1842 book published in London and titled "A STATEMENT OF THE SATISFACTORY RESULTS WHICH HAVE ATTENDED EMIGRATION TO UPPER CANADA, PROM THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CANADA COMPANY, UNTIL THE PRESENT PERIOD.
Frederick Widder (1801–1865) was a Canada Company Commissioner, son of a Canada Company London director, with family connections to royalty and the right Anglican connections. His moderate approach and financial innovations for the Canada Company would give him good standing with the pioneers of the Huron Tract and the reformers of Upper Canada. Widder's administrative talents and dedication to hard work allowed him to overshadow Thomas Mercer Jones and take the lead in the Canada Company. Widder's home, Lyndhurst, became a social hub of Toronto. Widder's wife, Elizabeth, entertained in style providing upper-class residents of York with refined entertainments redolent of British aristocratic and middle-class life. Wikipedia
Dr. Robert Alling, (died 1843) Settled in 1832 and is one of the first homes in Guelph (81 Farquhar Street). As well as being a Doctor he was the Emmigration agent in Guelph and was paid by the Canada Company for his services rendered.
The Canada Company, a charter company established to aid in the colonization of Upper Canada. John Galt (1779-1839), the famous author and poet was the first commissioner. Galt founded the city of Guelph, Upper Canada
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