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[Bookplate for James Scott Howard]
[Bookplate for James Scott Howard]
Title[Bookplate for James Scott Howard]
Date Created[between 1828 and 1838?]
Sort Date1838
DescriptionBlack ink on cream paper. Crest features a ship's steering wheel with stringy foliage extending from the left and leafy foliage extending from the right atop a crest-wreath. Shield is sable and party per fess. Top section is charged with a white cross in the center with a fleur-de-lis on either side. The bottom section is charged with a white ship steering wheel that is identical to the one in the crest. The motto is printed on curling ribbon below the shield in capitalized, serif, white block font with black outline. Below the motto, the bookplate owner's name Is printed in sentence case, black, serif font.
Extent1 bookplate : relief printing ; 6.5 x 9.4 cm
SubjectPrivate libraries ; Postmasters ; Fleur-de-lis ; Heraldry
Subject - GeographicToronto (Ont.)
Personal NamesHoward, James Scott
TypeStill Image
NotesJames Scott Howard was born on September 2, 1798 in Bandon, Count Cork (Republic of Ireland) to John Howard and Mary Scott. He married Salome McLean in Fredericton, New Brunswick on June 8, 1822. The couple had three children: Prudence Eliza Howard, Archibald John Howard (who passed away at the age of four), and Allan MacLean Howard. Howard left Ireland in 1819 to settle in Fredericton. He moved to York (Toronto) in 1820 and became part of the York post office staff shortly afterwards. He succeeded William Allan as postmaster on July 2, 1828. In his first year, Howard built a new post office. Though Howard was well-liked by his colleagues, Lieutenant Governor Francis Bond Head removed Howard from his post on December 13, 1837, during the Upper Canada rebellion. Howard's opinions on the rebellion came into question because of his associations and the fact that he did not fight the rebels. Howard asked Charles Berczy, surveyor of the post office to investigate. Nothing was found against Howard, but Head was suspicious of Howard's potential compliance with the rebels because of Howard's contact with John and Joseph Lesslie and his appointment to the Toronto post office of sympathizers with the revolutionary party. Howard attempted to fight these accusations by stating his political neutrality. He argued that in his capacity as postmaster he did not attend political meetings or vote and that he had not been asked to take up arms. Head was not seeking Howard's neutrality, but rather his loyalty and so Howard's case was brought before the colonial secretary Lord Glenelg in February 1838. As a result, Howard was granted political neutrality, but Head's actions were also upheld. Howard continued for years to try and regain his position at the post office, or to receive compensation. Howard became treasurer of the Home District in 1842 and subsequently became treasurer of the united counties of York and Peel. He held this office until his death in 1866. In addition, when the General Board of Education was formed by the Common School Act of 1836, Howard was named to the board. The Board became the Council of Public Instruction in 1850 and Howard continued to serve, again until his death. Howard was also part of a committee that oversaw the publication of the Wesleyan Methodist Christian Guardian in 1828. Additionally, Howard was treasurer of the Irish Relief Fund in 1847, secretary of the Upper Canada Bible Society from 1846 to 1860, and treasurer of the Upper Canada Tract Society. Howard died in Toronto, Canada West on March 1, 1866. He is buried in St. James Cemetery.
1) Beyea, M. (1976). HOWARD, JAMES SCOTT. In Dictionary of Canadian Biography (Vol. 9). University of Toronto/Université Laval. Retrieved from
2) JAMES SCOTT HOWARD: POSTMASTER. (n.d.). Retrieved from
Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN P H9375
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_P_H9375
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Stanley Binder. BP MUR CAN P H9375
Date Available2017-04-13
Publisher - DigitalVancouver : University of British Columbia Library
RightsImages provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy, or otherwise use these images must be obtained from Rare Books and Special Collections:
TranscriptPRO FIDE James Scott Howard. [Rie lish?]
TranslationFor his faith
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