Date Published: 191?-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.
This collection includes 26 items dating form 1884 to 1940.: 6 Wilfred Genfell Typed Letters Signed (TLS) ; 6 Lady Anne Grenfell Typed Letters Signed (TLS) ; 2 Photos ; 7 Ephemera and 1 Artifact and two signed books, one with 2 B&W photos.
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.
A Man's Faith (signed)
1908. Boston, (The Pilgrim Press) Luther H. Cary Edition
1st Edition. 4-1/8 x 7-1/4 inches. 87pp. Original cream cloth with decoration and gray lettering on front cover. Inscription with signature of Grenfell on first page.
“Mrs. John Kennedy with kindest regards + many thanks for a very delightful ending to Xmas day. Wilfred T. Grenfell, 1908 (He would have been 40 years old at this time) Religious readings, inspiration, devotion, study, worship, biblical, scripture elements.
No dust jacket. Spine is frayed and missing. Marks on back cover. Overall good condition only with very good insides.
This Collection is on consignment with LDRB.