A letter from John Thompson to friends in England, describing various aspects of life in "Toronto on Smith's Creek" (Port Hope) in 1819
The diaries of William and Elizabeth Peters of Hope Township, written in 1830 while enroute to Canada from England
An 1831 letter to William Furby, editor of The Telegraph, complaining of the condition of the marshy harbour
A portion of the diary of twelve-year-old Joseph Spencer Wilson of Hope Township, written in 1841-1842
On 01 July 1842 my second great-grandaunt, Ann Skitch, having just turned 17, emigrated from Cornwall, England to New Zealand aboard the Blenheim. The trip, which lasted until 17 November, was recorded in the ship's surgeon's diary, and, while not 'local' material, nevertheless makes for interesting reading. It is suspected that Ann's description of the trip was a factor in the decision of her siblings to settle in Port Hope, rather than make the arduous trip to New Zealand.
A complete list of the passengers on the Blenheim (plus those of 574 other ships bearing immigrants to New Zealand!) can be found at Denise and Peter Wells' excellent web site.
Letters written by members of the Boardman/Topley family of Crewbeg, emigrants to Port Hope c1850, reproduced with the kind permission of the Poyntzpass & District Local History Society
Two letters from Port Hope schoolteacher Thomas Whitfield to Mrs. Mary Summers (1869 & 1873) and his obituary from the 13 Jan 1882 Guide
A letter written by Port Hope resident Nicholas James Winters to his brother, Silas, in 1880
Three letters from Isabella Pringle, intended governess for the children of Harold and Lauretta (Wallace) Barrett, to her mother and sister-in-law Juliana, following an outing to the Opera House in 1887
A written log describing daily life at Sylvan Glen Camp (along the Ganaraska River three miles north of Port Hope) in the summer of 1890. There were some 617 visits to the camp that summer and many of the names are recorded.
A most interesting article by Darlene Polachic appeared in The Beaver [85, 1 (2005): 26--32] and is reproduced here with her gracious permission. In her opening paragraph, she writes
Some years ago, a yellowed letter penned in 1891 was discovered in an old trunk, glued to pages of The Model Encyclopedia. Written by George Healy, Jr. to his father who lived in Port Hope, Ontario, the missive proved to be more than a nostalgic link to the Healy family's past. It contains a detailed, first-hand account of the voyage George, Jr. took to Siberia on a whaling ship in 1889. The letter gives a frank, unbiased look at the North American whaling industry which was at its height in the 19th century, and closely paralleled the better-known commerce of fur trading.
A letter to the Editor of the 14 Feb 1896 Port Hope Weekly Guide from Willis Powers, promoting the idea of Port Hope as a Summer Resort
A c1950 memoir written by Katherine Maude Baines (1887-1962), daughter of Thomas Trevor Baines (1850-1897)