Date Published: 191?-1940
This collection includes 22 items: 6 Wilfred Genfell Typed Letters Signed (TLS) ; 6 Lady Anne Grenfell Typed Letters Signed (TLS) ; 2 Photos ; 7 Ephemera and 1 Artifact dating form 191? to 1940.
Sir Wilfred Grenfell was an author and a medical missionary to Newfoundland and Labrador from 1892-1940. He was an author and a member of Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. Grenfell established the Labrador Medical Mission and the International Grenfell Association.
6 Wilfred Genfell Typed Letters Signed (TLS)
• TLS to Mr. Garrett, 15 May 1923, thanking him for sending the flowers (pansies) to Bryn Mawr and sending a photo in return.
• TLS with envelope to Ethel Hale Freeman, dated June 9, 1928, thanking her for the cheque for $1,000 which will pay for the “little house” In Charlotte, Vermont for Mission work, also mentioning the Lend A Hand Society, and Dr. Moret (“a perfectly splendid fellow who is simply giving his life to the development of this district from Spotted Islands to Battle Harbour”).
• TLS to Mrs. Alton B. Parker, 28 March 1934, asking her to be a member of the Grenfell Association of America in support of needy Anglo-Saxon fishermen on the coasts of northern Newfoundland and Labrador.
• 2 TLS to Wheelock, 7 May 1930 and 7 April 1939: telling Wheelock that he is an inspiration and that he looks forward to the next game of chess; thanking him for his work with Labradorite, referring to Nazis and fascists (“I’ve always thanked God for the fact of our wops.”) with travel plans.
• TLS (written by but signed by Grenfell’s wife Anne) to Robert Freeman, 17 November 191?, re speaking at Occidental College.
• 6 TLS from Lady Anne Grenfell to Louis Wheelock:
- 25 February 1930, saying that they would be pleased to stay at his house the night of the Swarthmore lecture;
- 5 August 1930, informing Wheelock that Grenfell is on the Strathcona on a cruise of the Straits of Belle Isle and relating family activities and happenings at St. Anthony’s, visit of Sir John and Lady Middleton, etc.;
- 28 May 1931, written from Charlotte, Vermont, being an SOS that the Industrial Department may be closing and is in need of money and tin ware, opening a Labrador Industries sales room and tea shop on the Champlain Highway, etc;
- 5 June 1931, thanking Wheelock for the donation and telling him about the tea shop;
- 25 October 1931, looking forward to seeing him at the Opera in New York city and thanking him for the Christmas candy;
- 22 January [1931-2], re sending her cutting about Grenfell cloth, the opera benefit, and the citrus orchards in California. Telegram to Wheelock from Lady Grenfell re Eric Taylor attending a conference together and staying the night with Mrs. Fitt Green, 11 June [193?] with Wheelock’s draft of his telegram to her on the verso.
• Two signed b&w photos of Grenfell, J.B.P Purdy & Co., Boston.
• Framed b&w engraving of Grenfell, 5-1/2 × 8 inches, signed “To Mr. Rupert G. Morse with best wishes. Wilfred T. Grenfell Labrador.”
• Bookplate of the Grenfells with crest and motto (LOYAL DEVOIR), glued to leather binding attached to paper from a scrapbook, with writing apparently in Grenfell’s hand: “ALL who FOLLOW Christ are His. WHATEVER THEY THINK. Study John Chaps 7 & 8. 1892 to ? ? Our Labrador fellowship of service Is of every church or none – just any who will follow HIM.”
• Western Union Telegram to Wheelock from Lady Grenfell re Eric Taylor attending a conference together and staying the night with Mrs. Fitt Green, 11 June [193?] with Wheelock’s draft of his telegram to her on the verso.
• 2 postcards to Louis Wheelock, post-marked 23 ? 1933 and 27 December 1935, re sending a barrel of blue stone (Labradorite) to Wheelock’s address in New York c/o John Newell and asking him to come for tea to discuss the minerals question.
• First day cover (addressed to R. Sellars), 1 December 1940, commemorating Grenfell’s landing at St. Anthony, Newfoundland.
• Postcard from Wyman Shaw to Wheelock, 6 April 1940: “Dear Mr Wheelock: Sir Wilfred would like you to send a a sample of Labradorite to each of the following:1) Mr Frederick Herz Jeweler and Diamond Merchant Reno Nevada (Charge him for it) 2) Curator of Museum University of Nevada (Charge to Sir Wilfred ) Thank you . Our best to you and Mrs. Wheelock. Sincerely, Wyman Shaw”
• Bronze paper weight, 2 ×3 inches. Portrait of Grenfell with man leading a dog sled in the background.
This Collection is on consignment with LDRB.