Place Published: Montreal
Publisher: J.C.C. Abbott
Date Published: 1876
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
ABBOTT, FIRST CANADIAN BORN PRIME MINISTER, SIGNED LETTERS ARE QUITE SCARCE
1 page, 8 x 10 inches, was folded now flat. Letter signed, “J.J.C. Abbott,” dated Montreal, Sep. 28th, 1876, on the letterhead of Abbott’s law firm “Abbott, Tait, Wotherspoon & Abbott,” and text of letter written in clerk's hand. Addressed to Henry Archibald. 16 lines on one sheet, near fine condition.
Abbott writes clarifying a legal position regarding the estate of one of the children of the late Judge Gale: “Dear Sir / After further consideration / I am unable to change the opinion / which I prepared for you in July / last, respecting the rights of the / children of the late Judge Gale.* // I am aware that the surviving / child of one of the sisters has since / died, but this would not materially / alter the matter, as the child’s / father would be its heir, if there / were anything to inherit from / the surviving sister. Yours truly / J.J.C. Abbott.
Sir John Joseph Caldwell Abbott, was the Prime Minister of Canada, 1891-1892. Abbott was the first Canadian born prime minister (born Saint-André-d'Argenteuil, Quebec in 1821). “I hate politics… I hate notoriety, public meetings, public speeches, caucuses, and everything that I know of that is apparently the necessary incident of politics - except doing public work to the best of my ability.”
Inside or outside parliament Abbott’s legal skills were in demand. In 1876 the Liberal government of Alexander Mackenzie had consulted him on revisions to its insolvency legislation.
Although brief, Abbott’s 17-month term as Prime Minister is recognized as being a successful one. He is most remembered for his reforms to the Canadian Criminal Code, improvements to the Civil Service, and the Reciprocity Treaty he signed with the United States. He also smoothed the way for his successor, (and Roman Catholic) Sir John Thompson
* Samuel Gale, 1783-1865, a prominent Montreal citizen, Judge and author.
Near Fine. Item #7608