Fonds - Rev. William Charles Shears fonds

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Rev. William Charles Shears fonds

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  • Variations in title: NHS title is Letters addressed to the Rev. William Charles Shears, Bay Roberts, NF
  • Source of title proper: The title is taken from the contents of the collection and the label on the box in which they were donated

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  • 1864-1903 (Creation)
    Shears, William Charles

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21 textual items
5 photographs

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(? -1903)

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The letters range over the period from 1864 to 1903, though there is nothing between 1874 and 1898. The correspondents include Edward Feild, Bishop of Newfoundland; Shears' future wife, Emma Laura Harvey; his brother Fred; and his good friend Robert Holland Taylor, Anglican incumbent of Brigus parish from the early 1860's to 1886, and of Baltimore, NJ, from at least 1898 to 1903. The five photographs, all albumen prints in carte-de-visite form, were in one envelope, but only one is identified and dated, July 14, 1865. The material has been arranged in two series, with an appendix: Series 1.00, Textual materials; Series 2.00, Photographs; Appendix 1, Correspondence and other material relating to the collection.

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This collection was donated to the Newfoundland Historical Society in August 1980 by Milton Tuff of Summerville, Massachussets, U.S.A.


Several letters appear to have been placed in the wrong envelopes, which may have happened when they were examined on first receipt in 1980. This has been corrected using internal evidence of the letters and postmarks.

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  • English

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The material in this fonds is protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance, when required.

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Created - May 17, 2013

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  • English

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