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Accession Number: 98-005


Stewart family books. -- [ca. 1750-1900]. -- 4 books.

Biography / History

Several generations of the Stewart family have lived in the Peterborough area. Thomas A. Stewart and his wife, Frances, were prominent and influential early citizens of Peterborough. Extensive biographical information on the Stewart family, plus friends, neighbours, and associates, may be found in 02-001.

Custodial History

These books were in the custody of Reverend John Shearman before they were donated to Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This accession consists of four books. The first book, The Holy Bible, is a pulpit bible printed by John Baskerville [c.1750], and includes the dedication to King James 1 and the Apocrypha. Handwritten family records, from Thomas A. Stewart's father down through several generations, appear on the inside of the front cover and at the beginning of the New Testament. Included with the bible is a description and history of the book, as provided by Reverend John Shearman. The second book is a "Commonplace" book. The notebook inscribed "Frances Browne, 1811", reflects Frances Stewart's taste in verse and sayings and is handwritten except for a few clippings inter-leaved. A photocopy of the "Commonplace" book is also included.

Two additional books were added in 2004. The first of these is Frances Browne's music book, 1811, and consists of sheet music bound together inside a leather cover; the inscription on the cover reads "Miss F. Browne, 1811." The second of these is Church of England, Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments..., [170-]; the title page is missing.


Title based on the family which owned the books.

The binding of The Holy Bible is broken, and some pages are tattered. The two books that were added in 2004 were received in 1997.

The original books were donated by Reverend John Shearman. The photocopy of the "Commonplace" book was donated by Joyce Lewis in 1977 and was accessioned as 77-1006.

Restrictions: N

For related records see: 69-1003, 71-001, 74-1005, 74-1006, 77-1006, 78-008, 92-1002, 94-006, 94-007, 94-1001, 94-1002, 96-1007, 97-023, and 02-001.