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Fonds Level Description

Accession Number: 97-1022


Hugh Atwood collection. -- 1897-1899. -- 3 items.

Biography / History

Hugh Atwood, a retired doctor, is understood to be a descendant of Catharine Parr Traill.

Custodial History

This collection was in the custody of Hugh Atwood before it was donated to Trent University Archives through the Friends of the Bata Library.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of three personal notes written by Catharine Parr Traill to her grand-niece, Agnes Le Fenore. One is a two part card with the cover illustrated with cutout images of a dog and a butterfly along with a wisp of moss glued to the surface. The second part of the card is a warm salutation to Agnes and her family. The date is December 24, 1897. The second item, dated May 12th, is a note of thanks to Agnes for obtaining a cape [and cap?] for her, and also refers to fatigue and the problem of swelling feet. The third item is a letter written April 1, 1899 to "G Niece A F" [Agnes] sending belated sympathy for two in hospital and describing in some detail Traill's own plight, and the care offered by Kate and Katie.


Title based on the donor of the collection.

This collection was donated by Hugh Atwood.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

For related records see: 69-001, 69-1001, 74-003, 77-010, 82-022, 83-1003, 83-1021, 86-011, 86-1000, 89-1062, 93-1004, 93-1013, 94-001, 94-007, 95-004, and 96-1012.

These notes were found loosely inserted in a signed copy of "Pearls and Pebbles" by Catharine Parr Traill, which was donated to Trent University by Hugh Atwood through the Friends of the Bata Library in 1995. The book was dedicated to Agnes Le Fenore and her husband. (In the accessioned notes of 97-1022, Agnes is addressed as a grand-niece of Trail).