Date Published: 1915-1926
Binding: No binding
Henry Cockshutt, and family (his wife, Isabelle, and their daughters). An archive of social correspondence mainly to Isabelle Cockshutt but also to her husband, Henry Cockshutt (1868 - 1944), who was the 13th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Born in Brantford, Ontario, he started in the family business, Cockshutt Plow Company, in 1884, becoming treasurer in 1888, secretary-treasurer in 1891, and president in 1911. In 1921, he was appointed lieutenant-governor of Ontario and served in that position until 1927. From 1929 to 1944, he was the chancellor of the University of Western Ontario. He retired as president of the Cockshutt Plow Company in 1934 and became chairman of the board, which he held until his death.
This collection is comprised of approximately 25 letters, 10 Christmas cards, a pamphlet, 7 photos, and 10 other kinds of documents or cards relating to . Although there is an early letter dated 1896, most of the archive was created in the 1920s when Cockshutt was lieutenant-governor at Government House in Toronto. With the exception of a lovely photograph of Isabelle Cockshutt, all the material is housed is a black cloth linen box. The archive reveals that the Cockshutts belonged to the social elite in Canada with letters and notes from General Haig, Bying of Vimy, Olive Baden-Powell, Anne Chamberlain, the Prince of Wales, and other luminaries. Collection contents:
• Allenby, Edmund Henry Hynman, 1st Viscount Allenby, ALS, n.d. Also ALS from Mabel, his wife, 1926.
• 42nd battalion the Royal Highlanders of Canada, Canadian Army Corps B.E.F. France (allied with the Black Watch), Christmas card, 1915-6, from Henry or Hank.
• 125th Branshott Camp, England, A.W.E. Van Someron, Christmas card, 1916.
• Empress of Ireland advertising pamphlet, A Coaching and Private Train Trip through the British Isles and Europe for July and August 1908. Toronto: Jackson Moss and Co. Wrappers but separated from the text block.
• Adelaide ? ALS, 1913. Hotel Bothwell, Atlantic City, N.J.
• Baden-Powell, Olive. ALS, 1926, re girl guides.
• Boscawen, Margaret. ALS, 1923. Re family and the general election in Britain (“I have not seen the Neville Chamberlains since the Election results....”).
• Brian ?. ALS, 1917.
• British Embassy, Washington, DC. (Esme and Isabelle Howard) Christmas card, 1920s.
• Burk’s Peerage, table of precedence, 4 pp., 1923.
• Byng of Vimy. 3 ALS, 1923-6, with Christmas card, 1922, photo of Government House, and sepia tone photo of Thorpe Hall.
• Canelle?, J.W. 4 ALS, 1923-1926.
• Clark, Anne C.G. ALS, 1926.
• Cockshutt, Margaret. ALS to her from a friend or family member, sent from Hotel Bon Air, Augusta, Georgia, 1918, reference to playing golf, tennis etc. and Eleanor Roosevelt.
• Chamberlain, Anne (Neville Chamberlain’s wife). 2 ALS, 1920s.
• Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII). 2 Christmas cards, 1922-3 and 1925, the latter signed and the former the signature in facsimile.
• Ferguson, Githa (wife of James Andrew Ferguson, Admiral in the Boer War, etc.). ALS, 192?
• Fürstliches Schloss, Greiz, Germany. AL to Isabelle Rolls (later Cockshutt), 1896, from one of her friends who was the English governess of Princess of Reuss. Letter cut at the fold.
• Haig, Douglas 1st Earl Haig, and Dorothy Haig. Christmas card 1925, Bemersyde, Berwickshire.
• Henry, F? ALS, Oyster Bay, 13 August ?
• H.M.S. Hood ALS from Vice Admiral Clifford Caslon, 1924. ALS from Frederick Field, 1924.
• Hodgins, Mr. Justice and Mrs. Christmas card, 1920.
• Ladies’ Golf and Tennis Club of Toronto (Ida C. Mackenzie). ALS, 1926.
• Nanton, Sir Augustus and Lady. Christmas card, 1920.
• Neys? Christmas card, 388 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg, with a photogravure of their son, Michael, with the writer Tagore, circa 1917.
• Rivers, Edward H. (godson of Mrs. Cockshutt). 2 ALS, 1926.
• Roy, Mr. And Mrs. Philippe. Calling card.
• St. Andrew’s Society, Toronto. Official lancers dance steps, 1920s?
• Toronto Local Council (National Council of Women, Grace G. MacGregor and Bertha L. Quebell). ALS, 1927, and certificate of life membership.
• Willingdon, Lady Mabel. 2 ALS, 1926.
• Luncheon menu at Government House, Toronto, 17 March 1923.
• 3 Christmas cards from the Cockshutts, 2 sent from Dufferin House, Brantford, and 1 from Government House, Toronto.
• Agnès, 2 bills for couture items, Mrs. Cockshutt, Hotel Lotti, Paris, 1924.
Collection is on consignment with LDRB.