Item 23-28 - Letters : Illness and death of John Grant

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Letters : Illness and death of John Grant


  • 1825 (Creation)

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6 documents and 1 typed copy

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(d. 1825)

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John Grant (d. 1825) was the son of James and Margaret Grant of Nairn, Scotland and brother of James Grant (l786-1870). John arrived in V.D.L. in January 1823 as a merchant in partnership with Alexander B. Spark, who settled in Sydney. John acted as a merchant in Hobart in partnership with Bethune. James Grant sent from London introductions, consignments of harness, ale, printed cotton and other goods, advised his brother about the sale prices of hides, whale oil etc. in Liverpool and consulted him about other business possibilities, such as muskets to sell to the natives in New Zealand and other ideas. James and his wife Caroline (d. 1868) the daughter of John Neve of Tenterden, Kent, followed John and arrived in April 1824. James and his brother received grants of land in the Fingal Valley and James named his "Tullochgorum". However John became ill and took a trip to Sydney for his health and died
there on 11 December 1885, leaving most of his property to James.

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Donated by W. K. Grant in 1972

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Letters relating to the illness and death of John Grant dated between 12 November 1825 and 31 December 1825. Letters from A.B. Spark in Sydney to James and Caroline Grant - John Grant very ill, prospects grave, relative needed. John Grant. died Sunday 11 December and was interred on the Tuesday, John Grants.'s will; Caroline Grant to James Grant from Hobart - Spark's letter, business, case of umbrellas (1 December 2 copies cross written- one addressed to James Grant c/o John McLeod, Campbell Town, the other c/o Archibald Thomson, Launceston), from Sydney: arrived too late, John died, returning to James and the "little fellow", Dr Hood and Mr Bethune would be shocked at news, customary in England to send gloves to all friends of deceased- white as John single,Mr Sparks and Mr Bethune ought to be presented with mourning rings.

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HE Feb 2018




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