Declaration of Office - Poundkeeper for Clinton Ont. (1866)

Oath of office of Joseph Bradley to execute the Office of Poundkeeper in the village of Clinton, County of Huron.

Signed by him on 8th February 1866, countersigned by the village clerk George Laycock.

Document printed by Maclear & Co. , Municipal Publishers, 17 & 19 King Street East, Toronto ON.

Nice coat of arms at top.

Great Pre-Confederation document. Scarce!

Two vertical folds and one horizontal.. Yellow areas on document. Some pinholes.

21 X 17 cm.

 

MACLEAR, THOMAS, bookseller and publisher; b. 12 Aug. 1815 in Strabane (Northern Ireland); m. 1839 Isabel Arbuckle of Coleraine (Northern Ireland), and they had three sons and four daughters; d. 2 Jan. 1898 in Montreal.

At first Maclear seemed to be doing well. In 1858, taking advantage of a current fashion, he advertised the “Toronto Stereoscope Depot Where you will find the very best instruments, And the newest views.” However, by 1860 he was in financial difficulties. An agent for R. G. Dun and Company reported that in August he had had to ask his creditors for “an extension of 8, 16 & 24 mos. on his indebtedness.” The following year he sold his stock to William Manson, his former traveller. By July 1862 he had taken back the stock held by Manson and resumed business under the name Maclear and Company, but he continued to do poorly. Later that year he was forced to arrange a compromise of ten shillings in the pound with his creditors. Though despairing of his business “capacity” and his “eventual success,” the Dun agent noted that Maclear “retains still his high char[acter] for honor.” In December 1865 two of his sons, William H. and Thomas A. Maclear, bought his stock in trade, and he announced that he was retiring from the firm. The reason for this move is not clear because he continued to operate the business.

Throughout most of the 1860s Maclear and Company appears in the Toronto directories as booksellers and stationers, but by the end of the decade Maclear had returned to publishing.

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