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Amyot-Ryland collection
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Amyot-Ryland collection

  • CA ON00239 F00343
  • Collection
  • 1811-1835

The collection consists of thirty-five letters, thirty-three of which are addressed to H.W. Ryland, member of the Legislative Council of Lower Canada, one to a Lieutenant-Colonel Ready, Amyot's deputy at Quebec at the time, and one to the Reverend William Ryland, curate of Sandridge, England, the son of H. W. Ryland. The letters concern chiefly private business matters and Amyot's relation to Lower Canada when he was its absentee secretary, the receipt of his pension when his secretaryship was commuted in 1828, and his activities with the British government on Ryland's behalf.

Amyot, Thomas

Letter from Amyot to Lieutenant-Colonel Ready

Amyot informs Ready that Ryland has waived his son's claim to Amyot's deputyship. The death of the Duke of Richmond has rendered impossible an arrangement which His Grace had planned, and so Lieutenant-Colonel Ready and Ryland will deputize pro tem for Amyot, until an arrangement can be made with Lord Bathurst's sanction, or the appointment of a permanent deputy becomes necessary. Meanwhile Ryland receives and transmits Amyot's salary and other sums due to Amyot from Mr. Taylor's representatives.

Letter from Amyot to Ryland

Amyot is still uncertain of the firmness of his situation. He is surprised at his deputies' attitudes to his absentee position as reported by Ryland. Only if he continues to hold the job can they participate in its profits, he exclaims. He is pleased that Ryland and the Duke of RIchmond are on good terms, and states that he has news of the signing of the Council of Aix-la-Chappelle for the withdrawal of British troops from France.

Letter from Amyot to Ryland

Amyot protests his ignorance, as well as his innocence, of a transaction which has resulted in a charge of extortion against his deputy, Taylor.

Letter from Amyot to Ryland

Amyot mentions money matters and assures Ryland that worries he had entertained regarding the attitude of an unnamed high official to him were unfounded. A ship bearing a letter from Amyot to Ryland has been lost, but the letter contained no news of importance.

Letter from Amyot to Ryland

After taking considerable pains, Amyot has been able to get one dozen "metallic milk dishes" of three quart capacity for Ryland's dairy. He has also sent Ryland the books he requested, and awaits the account. The King is believed to be somewhat better, though still in a precarious state. Sir Robert Peel's death has occasioned a temporary suspension of business in the House of Commons. A receipt is enclosed in this letter.

Letter from Amyot to Ryland

A brief note, acknowledging nine packets from Ryland. He has nothing to add on the subject of the Chancellor's letter to Lord Spencer.

Letter from Amyot to Ryland

Amyot has learned of the arrival in England of Archdeacon Mountain, through an accidental meeting with Mountain's brother, Armine, recently returned from India. Amyot hopes to enclose a letter from W.D. Ryland, and will forward Mrs. Ryland's letter to him at once. Amyot has learned with pleasure that Ryland had so good an introduction to Lord Gosford. The letter is incomplete.

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