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Scope and content
Fonds consists of the Osgoode papers which are chiefly correspondence, to and from intimate friends on a wide range of personal, political and social matters. They reveal much of Osgoode's private life while disclosing the opinions of his correspondents and himself on the major political and social events of the day. The letters offer specific insights and new information about the policies of major political figures in Upper and Lower Canada during Osgoode's lifetime.
Originals in container 1 have been withdrawn from circulation and researchers must consult reels H-2819 to H-2820.
Textual records Finding Aid No. 1719 provides a descriptive listing of the documents. MSS1719 90 (Electronic)
Biography / Administrative history
William Osgoode (1754-1824), was born in London and educated at Oxford. In 1773, he entered Lincoln's Inn and was called to the Bar in 1779. His reputation and influence gained him the appointment as first Chief Justice of Upper Canada in 1791. After only two years in that province, he succeeded (as expected), William Smith as Chief Justice of Lower Canada, serving there from the summer of 1794 until the summer of 1801, although his resignation from office did not take effect until 1 May 1802. In both provinces, Osgoode was also Member of the Executive Council and of the Legislative Council, as well as Speaker of the Legislative Council, from which positions he influenced legislative and judicial developments. Osgoode spent his later years in London. While he received no further judicial appointment, he served on several Royal Commissions investigating legal and judicial matters.
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1. Lawyers - Canada, 1776-1824 Upper Canada. Executive Council, [ca.1791-1794]
2. Judges - Canada, 1791-1824 Lower Canada. Executive Council, [ca.1794-1802]
3. Upper Canada. Legislative Council, [ca.1791-1794]
4. Lower Canada. Legislative Council, [ca.1794-1802]
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