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Albert Henry George Grey, 4th Earl Grey fonds [textual record]. 



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

1.59 m of textual records.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of original correspondence with subseries on Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Sir Robert Borden, miscellaneous correspondence, correspondence regarding Canadian-American relations, correspondence with colonial secretaries, the Royal Family, correspondence regarding the North West, and Newfoundland, 1904-1911, 1.03 cm; photocopied correspondence, 1902-1916, 55 cm; and printed material, 1905-1911, originals, 2.5 cm.

Textual records
Microfilm reel C-1358
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Microfilm reel C-1356
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Textual records The finding aid consists of a complete descriptive list of original and photocopied correspondence. In every case the original arrangement and designation has been retained. MSS0085 90 (Electronic)

Additional name(s)

Biography / Administrative history

Lord Grey, 4th Earl, son of General the Hon. Charles Grey and Caroline Eliza Farquhar, was born Nov. 28, 1851 in St. James's Palace, London, and died at Howick, Northumberland, Aug. 29, 1917. Brought up in Windsor Castle and educated at Harrow and Cambridge. Married Alice Holford in 1877. Succeeded to the earldom on the death of his uncle in 1894. Became Governor General of Canada Dec. 10, 1904 a post which he held until Oct. 12, 1911.

Lord Grey was a keen imperialist, and an advocate of Newfoundland's entry into Confederation. He inaugurated music and drama festivals, and donated the Grey Cup.

See: Canadian Encyclopedia, p. 774.

Additional information

The Grey of Howick Papers relating to Canada were selected by the Dominion Archivist in 1955 from the Grey Papers in the custody of the University of Durham. When all or the greater part of a file concerned Canada, the original file was obtained and a photostat copy left at Durham, but when the greater part of a file did not concern Canada, the original was left at Durham and photostats of the relevant papers obtained by the Public Archives.

Thus the Grey of Howick Papers consist of two distinct series, one original correspondence, the other photostats of correspondence.

Custodial history
The two letters written by Rev. H.A. Cody in container no. 41 were sent to the National Archives by the Archives of WhiteHorse to be added to that fonds.

Availability of other formats note
The finding aid is available on microfilm, reel C-1356.

Subject heading

1. International relations, 1906-1911 Sir Wilfred Laurier, [1902-1916], 1904-1911.
2. Canada - Foreign relations, 1906-1911 Sir Robert Borden, 1911.
3. United States - Foreign relations, 1906-1911 Joseph Chamberlain, [1904-1906]
4. Ambassadors, British - United States, [1906-1911] Sir Mortimer Durand, [1904-1906]
5. Alberta - History - 1905-, 1905 Sir Edward Grey, [1904-1906]
6. Alberta - Politics and government - 1905-, 1905 Lord Strathcona, [1902-1916], [1904-1906]
7. Canada, Northern - History, 1905 James Bryce, [1906-1911]
8. Canada, Northern - Politics and government, 1905 Great Britain. Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1904-1911.
9. Saskatchewan - History - 1905-, 1905 Newfoundland, 1906-1911.
10. Saskatchewan - Politics and government - 1905-, 1905 Windsor, House of, 1905-1911.
11. Legislators - Canada, [1902-1916] Rider Haggard, [1902-1916], 1905.
12. Invitations, [1902-1916] Duke of Connaught, [1902-1916]
13. Speeches, addresses, etc., Canadian, 1906-1911 "Canadian Letters", 1906-1910.
14. Emigration and immigration - Canada, 1905, 1906 Canada. Parliament. Senate, [1902-1916]
15. Immigrants - Canada, 1905, 1906 Canada. Parliament. House of Commons, [1902-1916]
16. Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.), 1911 New Settler, 1906.
17. Salvation Army, 1905, 1906.
18. Government House, [1902-1916]
19. Canada. Governor General, 1911.
20. Rideau Hall (Ottawa, Ont.)


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Related control no.

1. 1998-01688-9
2. MG27-IIB2