Envelope of a letter written in 1823 to Mr. John Forrest of Scotland from his son, Robert Forrest in Lanark Township. Note it is in care of the local merchant in Lanark, Scotland which is how people often received their mail locally at that time.
The Middleville Museum has several collections of letters. Some of them are included in family histories. These hand written relics give a unique look into everyday life and the matters that need to be attended to with care.
The Museum has assorted collections of letters for the following people and families:
Ralph Manning collection (assorted letters of correspondence with people seeking information, letters sent to find information) Robertson (Township Clerk, letters concerning township business)
William Robertson (1834, Dec 25, 1854)
Agnes Yuill (partial letter written to Agnes from her sister, Jennie who was a nurse in the US.)
Gemmill family (binder of copied original letters with accompanying transcriptions)
Machan (correspondence from C Reedy about family history) McNichol (assorted pieces of correspondence about family history)
Archie Nairn and Grace Galbraith (letters published in a coil book of family history)
Blackburn family (Samuel Burke and his wife Christina M. Blackburn) James Hubert Gibson (WW II letters home)
Alex McKay (WW II letters home)
A letter written by Matthew Blackburn to his Uncle in 1879.
A letter written in Glasgow, Scotland in April of 1823
A letter written to Mr. Blackburn in May of 1881
A letter written by John McFarlane to his son, John in April of 1829 (transcribed in 1940 by his Great Grand-daughter, Margaret Victoria McFarlane)