Date Published: 1854
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
Four pages folio, flat size: 20-3/8 x 16-1/2 inches, folded size: 8-1/4 x 10-1/4 inches, folded into quarters (was folded smaller). Indenture for the sale of land from Ogle Gowan to A.A. Riddell. Dated 31st March 1854. Between Ogle Robert Gowan of the city of Toronto in the County of York, one of the united Counties of York, and Peel and Province of Canada. gentleman of the first part and Archibald Alexander Riddel of the said City of Toronto, Printer, of the second part...of the sum of Seventy-five pounds...lying and being in the Township of Enniskillen in the County of Lampton and the Province of Canada...one hundred acres...the West half of the lot number nine in the Tenth concession of the said Township of Enniskillen...signed by Gowan and Riddel both with a red seal next to signatures. Signed by Riddel and twice by Gowan.
White spotting, stain marks and some fold holes in heavy blue paper document, otherwise good condition.
Ogle Gowan (1803-1876) First Canadian Master of the Orange Order, farmer, Orange man, Journalist and political figure in Upper Canada and Canada West. He arrived in Leeds County, Upper Canada in 1829 and settled in Brockville. In 1852, he moved to Toronto where he served on city council in 1853 and 1854 and took over the publishing of the Toronto Patriot, formerly a Family Compact newspaper.
Archibald Alexander Riddel (1819-1883) Scottish born Canadian printer, doctor, legislator. Founder of the Toronto Medical Society. Riddel came to Canada in 1836 and apprenticed as a printer, soon joining Rosewell's Printing. He was licensed as a doctor in 1857, moved to Mexico from 1859 through 1863 and "passed through many thrilling adventures in the revolutions". Before returning to Toronto, he obtained another degree in medicine from the Mexican Republic. He later became coroner for the county of York. Dr. Riddel served also as Medical Superintendent of the Toronto Smallpox Hospital. He was elected alderman in 1871 representing St. David's ward on the City of Toronto Council. He was a member of the first Toronto School board and is credited with establishing free schools in Toronto. He considered a radical Clear Grit, and in 1856 raised funds with James Lesslie in support of the then destitute William Lyon Mackenzie. He was a follower of the artisan tradition of self improvement, and in November of 1848, proposed a talk for the Toronto Mechanics Institute that was famously rejected, a pro-worker talk subsequently published as "The Rights of Labour."
Good. Item #7464