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Lord Stanley of Preston

Lord Stanley was 6th Governor General of Canada from 1888 to 1893.

He donated the Stanley Cup to Hockey and is the namesake of Stanley Park here in Vancouver.
We have an 1890 letter from Lord Stanley to Lady Drummond / SOLD FOR $1,540 15 October auction

Brian Grant Duff of All Nations Stamp and Coin was going through an estate recently when his assistant Neil Worley noticed an unusual name on a letter: Stanley of Preston. “He pulled out the letter and said, ‘Hey Brian, I think this might be from the governor general of Canada,’” recounts Grant Duff.

Read more in the Vancouver Sun Article

Brian Grant Duff with 1890 Stanley letter  RICHARD LAM / VANCOUVER SUN

See also "Recently discovered letter by Lord Stanley goes up for auction" John Mackie's article The Province

Frederick Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby

Frederick Arthur Stanley

Lord Stanley was the second son of Prime Minister Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, and the Hon. Emma Caroline, daughter of Edward Bootle-Wilbraham, 1st Baron Skelmersdale. He was born in London and was educated at Eton and Sandhurst. He received a commission in the Grenadier Guards, rising to the rank of Captain. He was a freemason.

Lord Stanley became a conservative MP in 1865. In the 1880s he was appointed Secretary of State for War, Secretary of State for the Colonies, President of the Board Of Trade, and in 1888 he was appointed the Governor General of Canada and Commander in Chief of Prince Edward Island.

During his term as Governor General, he travelled often and widely throughout the country. His visit to western Canada in 1889 gave him a lasting appreciation of the region's great natural beauty as well as permitting him to meet the people of Canada's First Nations and many western ranchers and farmers. During his visit he dedicated Stanley Park, which is named after him. He also experienced the joys of fishing and avidly pursued the sport whenever his busy schedule allowed. As governor general,

When Sir John A. Macdonald died in office of heart failure on 6 June 1891, Stanley lost the close friendship he had enjoyed with the Prime Minister. He asked Sir John Abbott to take over as prime minister. Once the government was in place, Abbott resigned for health reasons and turned the government over to Sir John Thompson. Stanley helped cement the non-political role of the governor general when, in 1891, he refused to agree to a controversial motion in the House of Commons. The motion called on him as governor general to disallow the government of Quebec's Jesuit Estates Act, which authorized paying $400,000 as compensation for land granted to the Jesuits by the King of France.[1] The opposition to the bill was introduced by the other provinces who were motivated by mistrust of the Roman Catholic Church in Quebec. Stanley declined to interfere, citing the proposed disallowal as unconstitutional. In holding to this decision, he gained popularity by refusing to compromise the viceregal position of political neutrality.

Stanley's wife, whom Sir Wilfrid Laurier described as "an able and witty woman", made a lasting contribution during her husband's term of office. In 1891, she founded the Lady Stanley Institute for Trained Nurses on Rideau Street, the first nursing school in Ottawa. She was also an enthusiastic fan of hockey games at the Rideau Rink. Stanley Cup[edit] A statue of Lord Stanley stands in Stanley Park, Vancouver.

Listen to Lord Stanley

Listen to the voice of Lord Stanley in one of the earliest phonograph recordings:

The Stanley Cup

Stanley's sons became avid ice hockey players in Canada, playing in amateur leagues in Ottawa, and Lord and Lady Derby became staunch hockey fans. In 1892, Stanley gave Canada a treasured national icon, the Stanley Cup. He originally donated the trophy as a challenge cup for Canada's best amateur hockey club, but in 1909, it became contested by professional teams exclusively. Since 1926, only teams of the National Hockey League have competed for the trophy.

Stanley Cup

This now famous cup bears Stanley's name as tribute to his encouragement and love of outdoor life and sport in Canada. In recognition of this, Stanley was inducted into the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945 in the "Honoured Builders" category. The original size of the Stanley Cup was 7 inches (180 mm) and is now around 36 inches (910 mm) and 35 pounds (16 kg).

Statue of Lord Stanley in Stanley Park

Statue of Lord Stanley in Stanley Park

Thank you wikipedia for text and images

1890 Letter from Lord Stanley to the Lady Drummond

Lord Stanley letter

Lord Stanley 2nd page of letter

Lord Stanley's signature

Lord Stanley's signature

Transcript of the Letter

                                                                                                                                Cascapedia River
July 12 /90

My dear Lady Drummond,

                 I am afraid that I have been a very long time in answering your letter, but you must forgive me, for it is not easy at all times to write when in the woods.

                 I hardly know how to reply to your question about Cuthbert.

                 Before I came out here, I used to believe that there were lots of openings here for any boy who meant business. But I have seen since then, that it is of little or no use for a boy to come out on the chance of employment. If he has friends to go to, with which he can learn to work, or if he is the sort that will put their hand to anything which may be doing - almost if not quite what we should call labourer's work at home- he may get on.

                 But even then he will have to work really hard at first, & to begin at the bottom at that. I don't know of anything which I could conscientiously say would suit Cuthbert, after his naval education, & with what I believe to be his tastes.

                 If you wished him to come out, the best thing would be to make some arrangement for him to have some share in some business - (say milling, or ranching) when he has learned the working of it, till then he would have to be an ordinary “hand” like anyone else. If he got on, he might look to share, probably finding some capitol - or he might start in the same line at some new place.

                  But I am very wary in recommending this, if you have any other opening for him: I have heard of to many young men who came to grief in the process.

                 If your husband could meet Capt. Colville - who has just gone home for a few months - I am sure that he (Capt.) would explain verbally what I mean, & would give you every information you could desire -

                Constance did so much enjoy seeing you when she was in England, & still more, seeing you so well & happy -

                We are a small family party here at present - The fishing has been good at times, but not altogether satisfactory - the season being late, & now very hot -

                 Edward & Alice stay on all summer. Victor has just gone back after trying visit from his ship at Halifax.

                 We all like this country, and find the people easy to get on with and pleasant enough for the most part. But I shall feel like Rip Van Winkle when our time is up, & if we go back into a political world which at present I am very glad to lose sight of!

                 All the same, one is glad to hear news of friends, especially when that news is good, and both Constance & I  were heartily pleased at hearing of your sister's engagement. You know we always liked her so much that we think it must be a lucky man indeed who can deserve so charming a wife. Please give her my best wishes, as well as Constance's.
There is another thing about which we have been thinking for some time past, of writing to you and that is – would Edith like to come out & stay with us for the winter, and see something of Canadian life & its “amusements”. You know how delighted we should be to have her with us, & we would take great care of her.

                 If you & she say yes to this idea, (which we hope you may) we could write further about all arrangements. 

                 Please give my regards to your husband (- the impertinence of my & doing being redeemed by our both having been in the Brigade) – and to Cicely, & the others.

 

Yours sincerely

Stanley of Preston

 

Lord Stanley letter to Lady Drummond

It looks like Lord Stanley initialed the front of the cover at the bottom left. 'S' for Stanley

At top-right beside stampe. Charles Colville was Stanley's right-hand man see more on wikipedia The Viscount Colville of Culross

Lord Stanley in Cascapedia River

The letter is written from the Great Cascapedia River, in the Gaspe region, a popular Atlantic Salmon fishing area still

Lord Stanley may have written the letter from his summer home in New Richmond at the mouth of the Grand Cascapedia River and overlooking the Baie des Chaleurs, one of the most beautiful bays in the world.

Lord Stanley                   

Lord Stanley at Stanley House                        

Lord Stanley at Stanley House, the year of construction

 

Stanley House Inn

Read more about the Stanley House Inn - a Queen Ann style house http://gaspesie.quebecheritageweb.com/article/stanley-house-inn-new-richmond

Thank you for the images Gaspesian Heritage Webmagazine

 

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