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Sir Aemilius Irving Papers (F 1027)


Another view of Davis Mill Lock, U.C., 1840

Another view of Davis Mill Lock, U.C., 1840 (detail)
Thomas Burrowes
Reference Code: C 1-0-0-0-49
Archives of Ontario, I0002168

 

Background


Sir Aemilius Irving was born at Leamington, England in 1823, educated at Upper Canada College, Toronto. He became a barrister in 1849 and was appointed Queen's Council in 1863. He represented Hamilton in the House of Commons, 1874-1878; was Treasurer of the Upper Canada law society, 1893-1913. He was knighted in 1906 and died in Toronto on November 27th, 1913.

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Introduction


The microfilm consists of material created or collected during the course of Mr. Irving's work as Counsel for the Ontario government in two major efforts.

A) The arbitration and litigation proceedings between the Dominion Government and the Provinces of Quebec and Ontario for the apportionment of responsibility and liability for the debts and assets of the Province of Canada after Confederation.

B) The adjudication of certain jurisdictional disputes between the Dominion and Provincial governments which helped to establish their roles in confederation.

The main cases in the arbitration were:

  1. The Interest Question that arose when settlement under the 1870 award did not take place over fifteen years. At issue was the question of whether interest on the unsettled accounts should be calculated at compound interest or simple interest at 5%.
  2. The Robinson Indian Treaties, 1850. In September, 1850, Hon. William B. Robinson M.L.A. for Simcoe, Executive councillor concluded land purchase treaties with the Ojibeway Indians of Lakes Huron and Superior wherein they ceded land in exchange for a cash payment and annuities.
  3. Northwest Angle Treaty #3 was concluded between the Dominion Government and the Indians in the Kenora - Lake of the Woods region in 1873.
  4. Quebec Turnpike Trust. The Province of Canada had invested Common School Fund money in Quebec turnpike trust debentures.
  5. Immigration Expenditures. For a time, after Confederation, the Dominion Government provided financial assistance to aid immigrants in moving from ports of entry inland for settlement. This assistance was stopped in 1880.
  6. Hamilton Coupons. London Agents of the Province of Canada had paid certain Hamilton City coupons on security.
  7. Upper Canada Building Fund. The main dispute in this case was over the rate of interest that the unsettled account was to be calculated at.
  8. Indian land Dispute and Compensation Claims. After the arbitration award of 1893 the Dominion Government suddenly flooded Irving's office with a number of claims against Ontario on behalf of various Indian tribes.

Other arbitration cases are Niagara Falls park cases; Upper Canada Municipalities Fund; the Common School Fund; Senate Gratuities; Trust Funds; Yule Bridge Case.

The Ontario Government made use of Mr. Irving's services as counsel in several jurisdictional disputes with the Federal Government. Among the disputes, the most prominent were the Executive Powers Case; Assignments and Preferences Case; and the Escheats and Forfeitures Case along with a host of miscellaneous cases of lesser prominence, which generated records that are available in this collection.

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Explanation of Reference System


The microfilm numbering is not completely sequential. Researchers should examine these listings carefully in conjunction with the detailed Finding Aid on MS 6437. No change has been made in the physical arrangement of these records.

The conversion list is divided into four parts, which reflect the major format differences within the fonds. These are Correspondence and Supporting Documentation; Arbitration Proceedings; Printed Material; and Letterbooks. An explanation of how to use the conversion list for each section is provided.

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Correspondence and Supporting Documentation


In the shelf list, the left column displays the box, package and item numbers. For the microfilm the box number can be ignored. The package number and item numbers is the information that links to the microfilm in the Conversion List.

Review the shelf list, pages 19-97 on MS 6437, to determine what material is relevant to your search. To identify the reel of microfilm, examine the first two columns in this table to match the package and Item numbers. The third column provides the name of the package and the fourth column provides the microfilm number.

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Correspondence and Supporting Documentation from the Sir Aemilius Irving Papers (F 1027)

Package Items Title Microfilm Reference
    Finding Aid MS 6437
Package 1   Province of Canada Accounts MS 6437
Package 2   Province of Canada Accounts MS 6437
Package 3   Accounts, Canada and Ontario MS 6437
Package 4   Ontario Accounts MS 6437
Package 5   Provincial Accounts MS 6437
Package 6 1-21 (2) Common School Fund MS 6438
Package 6 21 (3)-22 Common School Fund MS 6439
Package 7 1-22(1) Ontario Trust Funds MS 6439
Package 7 22(2)-25 Ontario Trust Funds MS 6440
Package 7a 1-20 Arbitration Correspondence MS 6440
Package 7a 21-22 Arbitration Correspondence MS 6441
Package 7b 1-26 Trust Fund Correspondence MS 6441
Package 8   Loans and Deposits MS 6442
Package 9   Common School Fund MS 6442
Package 10   Settlement of Accounts MS 6442
Package 10a 1-6 Provincial/Dominion Accounts MS 6442
Package 10a 7-12 (1) Provincial/Dominion Accounts MS 6443
Package 10a 12(2)-13 Provincial/Dominion Accounts MS 6444
Package 11   Arbitration of Dominion/Provincial Accounts MS 6444
Package 12 1 Arbitration Common School Funds, Ontario and Quebec MS 6444
Package 12 2-26(1) Arbitration Common School Funds, Ontario and Quebec MS 6445
Package 12 26(2)-26(3) Arbitration Common School Funds, Ontario and Quebec MS 6446
Package 13   Common School Lands MS 6446
Package 14 1-8 Sale of Common School Lands MS 6446
Package 14 9-10 Sale of Common School Lands MS 6447
Package 15   Sales of Common School Lands MS 6447
Package 16 1-4(6) Sale of Common School Lands MS 6447
Package 16 4(7)-5 Sale of Common School Lands MS 6448
Package 17 1-9 Reserved Cases - Pre-Confederation Land Sales MS 6448
Package 18   Ontario Appeal Against Arbitration MS 6449
Package 19   Privy Council Decision on Common School Fund MS 6449
Package 20 1-8(3) Notes on Arbitration Awards MS 6449
Package 20 8(4)-16 Notes on Arbitration Awards MS 6450
Package 21 1-7 Common School Fund Arbitration MS 6450
Package 21 8-15 Common School Fund Arbitration MS 6451
Package 21a 1-5(3) Common School Fund Arbitration MS 6451
Package 21a 6 Common School Fund Arbitration MS 6452
Package 21c   Common School Fund Arbitration MS 6452
Package 22   Grammar School Lands - Proton Township MS 6453
Package 23 1-7 Grammar School Lands - Proton Township MS 2571
Package 24 1-12 Correspondence Regarding Arbitration of Accounts, Ontario and Quebec MS 2571
Package 25 1-26 Correspondence and Memos Regarding Dominion/Provincial Arbitration of Accounts MS 2572
Package 26   Land Improvement Fund Arbitration MS 6454
Package 26b   Common School Fund Arbitration MS 6454
Package 27 1-19 Correspondence on Trust Funds MS 6455
Package 27 20-25 Correspondence on Trust Funds MS 6456
Package 27a   Purchase of Prisons and Asylums from Dominion Government MS 6456
Package 27b   Province of Canada - Old Claims for Contracts in Ottawa MS 6457
Package 28 1-15 Quebec Turnpike Arbitration Case MS 6457
Package 28 16-17 Quebec Turnpike Arbitration Case MS 6458
Package 29 1-6 McGreevy Claim MS 6458
Package 29 7-9 McGreevy Claim MS 1779
Package 30 1-15 Arbitration of Indian Land Claims MS 1779
Package 31 1-8 Robinson and Superior Huron Treaties MS 1779
Package 32 1 Annuities and Arrears of Payments under Treaties MS 1779
Package 32 2-19 Annuities and Arrears of Payments under Treaties MS 1780
Package 33 1-15 Lake Huron and Superior Treaties MS 2573
Package 34 1-34 Arbitration Correspondence - Robinson Treaties MS 2573
Package 35 1-3 Claims and Arbitrations - Lake Huron Islands MS 2574
Package 35 4-18 Claims and Arbitrations - Lake Huron Islands MS 2574
Package 36 1-25 North West Angle Dispute MS 2574
Package 37 1-5 Boundaries and Fishing Rights on Reserves MS 2574
Package 37 6-21 Boundaries and Fishing Rights on Reserves MS 2575
Package 37a 1-3 Ontario/Manitoba Boundary Dispute MS 2575
Package 37a 4-13 Ontario/Manitoba Boundary Dispute MS 6458
Package 37a 14-29 Ontario/Manitoba Boundary Dispute MS 6459
Package 37b   Notes and Documents Regarding Boundary Disputes MS 6459
Package 37c 1-8 Correspondence Regarding Ontario/Manitoba Boundary Dispute MS 6460
Package 37c 9-15 Correspondence Regarding Ontario/Manitoba Boundary Dispute MS 6461
Package 37d   Legal Opinions on Ontario/Manitoba Boundary Dispute MS 6461
Package 37e   Memos and other Documents on Boundary Disputes MS 6462
Package 37f 1-4 Correspondence Regarding Administration at Rat Portage MS 6462
Package 37f 5-14 Correspondence Regarding Administration at Rat Portage MS 6463
Package 37g   Miscellaneous Documents Relating to the Boundary Dispute MS 6464
Package 38 1-15 Correspondence Regarding Treaty #3 and Dominion/Ontario Arbitration MS 2576
Package 38 16-22 Correspondence Regarding Treaty #3 and Dominion/Ontario Arbitration MS 2577
Package 39 1-3 Miscellaneous Notes and Records on Boundary Dispute MS 2577
Package 40 1-13 Resources on Indian Lands MS 2577
Package 41 1-4 St. Catherines Milling Company Case MS 2577
Package 42 1-8 Timber Rights and Dues MS 6464
Package 42 9-16 Timber Rights and Dues MS 6465
Package 43   Niagara Falls Park Commissioners MS 6465
Package 44 1-10 Canada Shipbuilding Company MS 6465
Package 44 11-23 Canada Shipbuilding Company MS 6466
Package 45   Water Lots and Fishing Licenses MS 6466
Package 46   Fisheries and Water Rights MS 6467
Package 47   Dominion/Provincial Fisheries Case MS 6468
Package 48   Hamilton Coupons Case MS 6468
Package 49   Yule Bridge Case MS 6468
Package 50 1-10 Ottawa River Jurisdiction Disputes MS 6468
Package 50 11-21 Ottawa River Jurisdiction Disputes MS 6469
Package 51 1-4 Executive Powers (Appointments) Disputes MS 6469
Package 51 5-6 Executive Powers (Appointments) Disputes MS 6470
Package 52   Executive Powers Dispute MS 6470
Package 52a   Documents Relating to the Executive Powers Dispute MS 6471
Package 53 1-4 Incorporation of Railways MS 6471
Package 53 5-12 Incorporation of Railways MS 6472
Package 54 1-8 Appointment of Queen's Counsels MS 6472
Package 54 9-19 Appointment of Queen's Counsels MS 6473
Package 55 1-8 Liquor Licensing and Prohibition MS 6473
Package 55 9-12 Liquor Licensing and Prohibition MS 6474
Package 56   Immigration Accounts Arbitration MS 6474
Package 57 1-13 Grip vs The Queen Case MS 1925
Package 58 1 Miscellaneous Court Cases MS 6474
Package 58 2-9 Miscellaneous Court Cases MS 6475
Package 59 1-4 Baldwin vs Kingston Case MS 6475
Package 59 5-11 Baldwin vs Kingston Case MS 6476
Package 60   Miscellaneous Court Cases MS 6476
Package 61 1-8 Miscellaneous Court Cases MS 6476
Package 61 9 Miscellaneous Court Cases MS 6477
Package 62   Miscellaneous Legal Issues MS 6477
Package 63 1-9 Miscellaneous Legal Issues MS 6477
Package 63 10-20 Miscellaneous Legal Issues MS 6478
Package 64   Miscellaneous Documents Relating to Dominion/Provincial Arbitrations MS 6478
Package 65   Correspondence Regarding Appendix to Award in Common Schools Case MS 6478
Package 65a   Temiscamingue Claims Inquiry MS 6478
Package 67   Copies of Documents Relating to Dominion/Provincial Arbitration MS 6479
Package 68   Correspondence Regarding the Claims of the University of Toronto in Respect to Tay Navigation Bonds MS 6479
Package 69   Miscellaneous Legal Documents MS 6479

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Printed Material


Review the shelf list on pages 102-125 on MS 6437 for material of interest. Request the microfilm, which corresponds to this.

Printed Material from the Sir Aemilius Irving Papers (F 1027)

Container Items Title Microfilm Reference
68 1-11 Printed material MS 6489
68 12 Printed material MS 6490
69 1-3 Printed material MS 6490
69 4-9 Printed material MS 6491
70 1-11 Printed material MS 6491
70 12-16 Printed material MS 6492
71 1-9 Printed material MS 6492
71 10-36 Printed material MS 6493
72 1-5 Printed material MS 6493
72 6-58 Printed material MS 6494
73 1-10 Printed material MS 6495
73 11-22 Printed material MS 6496
74 1-16 Printed material MS 2105
74 17-23 Printed material MS 2106
75 1-16 Printed material MS 2106
75 17-37 Printed material MS 2107
76 1-5 Printed material MS 2107
77 1 Printed material MS 2107
78 2-9 Printed material MS 2108
79 1 Printed material MS 6496
80 1-5 Printed material MS 6497
80 6-19 Printed material MS 6498
81 1-5 Printed material MS 6498
81 6-20 Printed material MS 6499
82 1-25 Printed material MS 6500
82 26-28 Printed material MS 6501
83 1-2 Printed material MS 6501
83 3 Printed material MS 6502
84 1(to page 375) Printed material MS 6502
84 1(from page 375)-2 Printed material MS 6503
85 1-20 Printed material MS 6504
85 21-27 Printed material MS 6505
87 4-14 Printed material MS 6508
88 1-3 Printed material MS 6509

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Letterbooks


Letterbooks from the Sir Aemilius Irving Papers (F 1027)

Container Title Microfilm Reference
Container 85 Letterbook, 1865-1879 MS 6505
Container 86 Letterbook, 1870-1879 MS 6506
Container 86 Letterbook, 1894-1895 MS 6506
Container 86 Letterbook, 1896-1897 MS 6507
Container 86 Letterbook, 1897-1900 MS 6507
Container 87 Letterbook, 1900-1902 MS 6507
Container 87 Letterbook, 1902-1904 MS 6508
Container 87 Letterbook, 1904-1908 MS 6508

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