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The Court Houses of a Century A Brief Historical Sketch of the Court Houses of London Distict, the County of Middlesex, and County of Elgin   By:

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[Illustration]

The Court Houses

OF A

Century.

1800 1900.

[Illustration: HOUSE OF LIEUT. JAMES MUNRO, ERECTED 1798, LOT 14, CON. 5, CHARLOTTEVILLE USED AS COURT HOUSE, LONDON DISTRICT, 1800 1802. ( Reproduced by permission of the Ontario Historical Society and William Briggs, Publisher. )]

[Illustration]

The Court Houses

OF A

Century.

A Brief Historical Sketch of the Court Houses of the London District, the County of Middlesex and County of Elgin.

COMPILED BY KENNETH W. McKAY, COUNTY CLERK.

PUBLISHED BY THE ELGIN COUNTY COUNCIL.

With Introduction by James H. Coyne, B. A.

THE TIMES PRINTING COMPANY OF ST. THOMAS, LIMITED.

1901.

CONTENTS.

PAGE.

1. Introduction. By J. H. Coyne, B. A. 1

2. The Munro House, 1800 1802 5

3. The Turkey Point Court House 6

4. The Vittoria Court House, 1815 1826 7

5. The London Court Houses, 1826 1853 7

6. The Elgin Court Houses, 1853 1900 9

7. Statistics Population, Number of Houses, Etc. 27

8. Plan of Court House 28

ILLUSTRATIONS.

1. Frontispiece. The Munro House

2. The London Court House 8

3. Warden Locker, 1852 1855 10

4. The Elgin Court House, 1860 11

5. D. J. Hughes, Esq., County Judge, 1853 12

6. The Elgin Court House Before the Fire 13

7. Court Room after the Fire 14

8. Wardens 1898 1899, Chairman Building Committee, Architect and Contractor 16

9. New Court House 17

10. D. J. Hughes, Esq., County Judge, 1899 18

11. Court Room 19

12. Library 20

13. County Council Chamber 21

14. County Clerk's Office 22

15. Stained Glass Window, Main Stairway 23

16. Court House, East Side, showing Jail Entrance 24

17. Gaol Yard 25

18. A Gaol Ward 26

19. Plan of Building 28

REFERENCES.

District and County Records.

Oxford Gazetteer, by Shenston.

U. E. L. Settlement at Long Point, by Tasker.

"In any age it is a duty which every country owes to itself, to preserve the records of the past and to honor the men and women whose lives and deeds made possible its present, and to day when the whole civilized world is throbbing to social and political impulses of the greatest significance for the future, we ought especially to call to mind such lives and deeds and catch, if we can, inspiration for acting well the part that falls to each of us."

INTRODUCTION.

THE PASSING CENTURY.

The Wonderful Century is before the bar of history. Its record shows everywhere progress, consolidation, expansion, improvement. Civilization has spread, barbarism has given away. Labor has been restored to its honorable station, and idleness is accounted dishonor. Privilege has been curtailed, liberty has widened its borders. Slavery has almost disappeared from the earth. The beneficent forces are stronger. The comforts and conveniences of life are increased and more evenly distributed. Disease and pain have been brought under control.

Life has been made more interesting. Travel is easier and cheaper, and mankind has become acquainted with the world it inhabits. The stars have been discovered... Continue reading book >>




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