Fonds P092 - William Hoste Webb fonds

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William Hoste Webb fonds

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  • [185-?]-[1884?] (Creation)

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0,04 m of textual records.

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William Hoste Webb was born in Hampshire, England on 24 November 1820 to Captain Edward Webb and Sarah Ann Whitcomb. The Webbs immigrated to Canada with their children in 1836 and settled in Brompton Township. In 1846, William Hoste Webb married Isabella A.W. Morris; the couple had seven children. Webb attended the Royal Naval School in London and then studied law in Montreal. He was admitted to the bar of Lower Canada in 1851. He was very active politically at both the regional and national levels. From 1841 to 1842, he was secretary to both the council of the district of Brompton and the school board. In 1845, he sat on the newly created Brompton Township Council. From 1855 to 1857, and from 1879 to 1883, he was warden for the Melbourne and Richmond townships. Webb also sat on the Board of Directors of Saint Francis College in Richmond. In the 1857-1858 elections, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada as member for the constituency of Richmond and Wolfe. He was defeated in 1861, but returned to office in 1863, and continued to hold the seat until 1874. From 1875 to 1887, he was Member for the Division of Wellington on the Legislative Council of the Province of Quebec. In 1887, he was named Sheriff for the judicial district of Saint Francis. William Hoste Webb died in Sherbrooke on 19 December 1890.

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The documents were donated to the archives in 1992 by Mr. and Ms. W.N. Coburn, who had found them in their Melbourne home, where they were preserved with documents relating to Daniel Thomas (Notary) and his son Daniel Thomas Jr. (Registrar). The Thomases and Webbs may have successively occupied the home owned in 1992 by the Coburns.

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The fonds contains source material on the professional activities of William Hoste Webb and the development of the Richmond and Wolfe ridings from 1850 to 1890. It consists mainly of correspondence from Webb's legal clients, his fellow parliamentarians (including George Etienne Cartier), his constituents, and his supporters. The fonds is comprised of the following series: Correspondence ([1852?]-[1884?]), Appointments (1854-1863), Life Insurance (1863), and Miscellaneous Documents ([185-?]-[186-?]).

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Most of the documents are in English, some in French.

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28 janvier, 2016

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