Date Published: 1845
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
Four pages folio, flat size: 20-3/8 x 16-3/8 inches, folded size: 8-1/4 x 10-1/4 inches, folded into quarters (was folded smaller). Indenture for the sale of land from James Mitchell of Brockville, selling land to Ogle Gowan. Dated 23rd June 1845. Brockville in the County of Leeds in the District of Johnstown in the Province of Canada between James Mitchell, late of the Seventy Fourth Regiment of Foot and now of the town of Brockville aforesaid of the one part Ogle Robert Gowan, of Brockville, aforesaid Esquire of the other part...for the sum of one hundred pounds...that certain tract of land situate lying and being in the Township of Enniskillen, in the County of Kent and Western District of the Province of Upper Canada being composed of the West half of lot number nine in the tenth concession in the said Township of Enniskillen and containing by him a measurement of one hundred acres... Signed by Ogle Gowan and James Mitchell.
Many tears and a few holes in document, poor condition.
Ogle Gowan was a farmer, Orangeman, journalist and political figure in Upper Canada and Canada West. A prominent provincial politician, Ogle Gowan was born in County Wexford, Ireland. He came to Upper Canada in 1829 and immediately immersed himself in political affairs. Drawing upon his experience with the Irish Orange Order, Gowan established the Grand Orange Lodge of British North America in 1830 and, as the first Canadian
grand master, ably guided the organization during its formative years. In 1836 he was elected to the Legislative Assembly, representing this area intermittently until 1861. A shrewd strategist and an effective orator, he gradually broadened his influence, using his newspaper, the "Brockville Statesman", to promote his political views.
Following his retirement from provincial politics, Gowan continued to work for the retention of strong ties with
Britain, a cause he had upheld throughout his career.
Poor. Item #7467