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Finding Aid - William Osgoode Collection (PF8)

William Osgoode collection

1772-1824

12.5 cm of textual records


Biographical Sketch

William Osgoode (1754-1824) was the first Chief Justice of Upper Canada. Born in London, England, he was educated at Kingswood, and afterwards attended Christ Church College at Oxford, where he attained BA and MA degrees in 1772 and 1777, respectively. Osgoode entered Lincoln's Inn in 1773, and was called to the Bar on November 11th, 1779. He was appointed the first Chief Justice of Upper Canada on December 31st, 1791. Osgoode served as a member of both the Executive Council (sworn July 9th, 1792), and the Legislative Council (sworn July 12th, 1792). He also served as speaker of the Legislative Council from September 10th, 1792. Osgoode was issued the commission as Chief Justice of Lower Canada on February 24th, 1794. In Quebec, he served as a member of both the Executive and Legislative Councils, and was speaker for the latter. Osgoode resigned as chief justice on May 1st, 1802. Osgoode died in London, England, on January 17th, 1824.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of correspondence received and sent by William Osgoode, first Chief Justice of Upper Canada.

Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

PF8-1 Correspondence

1772-1824
12.5 cm of textual records

Scope and Content

Series consists of correspondence received and sent by William Osgoode, including two bound volumes, entitled "Osgoode Correspondence 1772-1823", and loose correspondence. The vast majority of the letters relate to Osgoode's personal life, and only a few date from his time in Canada.

 

Reference Code / Title / Date
984027-001 Osgoode correspondence 1772-1823: Vol. I. -- 1772-1823
984027-002 Osgoode correspondence 1772-1823: Vol. II. -- 1773-1824
984027-003 Loose correspondence. -- 1794-1808
991052-001 Letter from the Immortal Jupiter. -- 15 May 1794
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