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Accession Number: 77-019


Cobourg Foundry fonds. -- 1859-1865. -- 61 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

The Cobourg Foundry was established in Cobourg, Canada West in the 1850's and was operated by Andrew Jeffrey. The foundry manufactured steam engines, boilers, agricultural equipment, axes and other useful implements. (Taken from: Spilsbury, John R. "Cobourg: Early Days and Modern Times." Cobourg: Cobourg Book Committee, 1981.)

Custodial History


Scope and Content

This fonds consists of the records of the Cobourg foundry. It includes journals, ledgers, correspondence, accounts, pay lists, bills, receipts, contracts and specifications of jobs done as kept by James Davidson, founder and machine shop operator. There is also some correspondence from A. Munson of Oil Springs, Canada West relating to the oil industry, as well as correspondence from Henry Fowlds with regards to work done and payment of accounts.


Title based on the contents of the fonds.

The fonds was donated from an unknown source.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

For related records see: 77-003.

Previously known as the James Davidson papers.

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Box 1


1. undated pay lists, assorted contracts and specifications for machine and foundry work; insurance policy on buildings 1860; In Chancery Bank of Montreal vs. Wallace Davidson et alia; miscellaneous advertisements, price lists from other firms.

2. 1860 - correspondence Sept. - Dec.; pay sheets Oct. Nov.; trial balance Nov.; balance Dec.

3. shipping receipts, cancelled cheques, accounts, bills, invoices and receipts.

4. 1861 - correspondence Jan. - Dec.

5. 1861 - monthly pay sheets and balance sheets

6. 1861 - accounts, bills, invoices and receipts

7. 1861 - shipping receipts, way bills, cancelled cheques, promissory notes and protests

8. correspondence Jan. - Dec.

9. 1862 - balance sheets Jan. - Dec. (plus annual recapitulation); pay lists and work orders Jan. - Dec.

10. 1862 - shipping receipts

11. 1862 - accounts, bills invoices and receipts

12. 1862 - cancelled cheques, promissory notes and protests

13. 1863 - correspondence Jan. - Dec.

14. 1863 - Division court file (small claims)

15. 1863 - balance sheets and trial balances Jan. - Dec.; rough pay lists, pay lists, Jan. - Dec.; stock inventory; C. L. Torr indenture

16. 1863 - accounts, bills, invoices and receipts

17. 1863 - shipping receipts, cancelled cheques, promissory notes

18. 1864 - correspondence Jan. - Dec.; balance sheets Jan. - April; pay sheets Dec. 1863 - Jan 1864; statement of liabilities and outstanding debts June

19. 1864 - shipping receipts; accounts, bills, invoices and receipts; cancelled cheques and promissory notes

Box 2


1. individual account books Hirem Cruthers, A. Fraser, Jas. Hunter, A. Jeffery, Jas. Massey; shipping book 1859-1862

2. bank book (Bank of Montreal) 1860-1864; notes and bills payable/receivable (with journal postings) 1861-1863

3. cash book 1861-1864

4. monthly cash book 1860-1864

5. employees' pay ledger 1860-1864

Loose on shelf

Journal 1: Oct 1860-May 1863

Journal 2: June 1863- June 1864

Ledger 1: 1860-1864