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[Bookplate for George E. Longley by Francis Adams Sc.]
[Bookplate for George E. Longley by Francis Adams Sc.]
Title[Bookplate for George E. Longley by Francis Adams Sc.]
CreatorAdams, Francis, Sc.
Date Created[not after 1842]
Sort Date1842
DescriptionBlack ink on white paper with cropped corners. The crest features an arm grasping a dagger. The blade of the dagger has pierced the head of a bearded man that resembles a lion head. The arm is atop a crest-wreath. The wreath sits on a flower with a round center and 5 petals. To strips extend out of the flower across the front and back of a ribbon, connecting to the top of the shield. The ribbon extends straight out with curling ends. The motto is printed on the ribbon in black, capitalized, serif font. Shield is ermine with a black bend. Bend charged with three cheetah heads. Underneath the shield, the bookplate owner's name is printed in elaborate gothic block font. The first letter of each part of the name is outlined with a black border, while the remaining letters are printed in black. Swirling lines and dots embellish the text. Below the name, a location is printed in smaller, sentence case, black serif font. Underneath this text is another swirling line with several dots, to the right of which text is printed in capitalized block serif letters with black outlines. In the bottom left of the bookplate, the creator's name is printed in small, black, sentence case, serif font.
Extent1 bookplate : relief printing ; 6.6 x 9.4 cm
SubjectCheetahs ; Armorial bookplates ; Heraldry
Subject - GeographicMaitland (Ont.)
Personal NamesLongley, George E.
TypeStill Image
NotesSee also the bookplate of J.W. Longley (BP MUR CAN P J5455). F. Adams is from Montreal and worked as an artist in the mid-nineteenth century. George Longley was born on April 22, 1787 in Newbiggin, England to William Langley and Sarah Scott. He married Ruth Wells on February 18, 1824 and they had three sons and one daughter. Longley emigrated to Quebec around 1812 and worked in the timber trade. He was provincially appointed to master culler and measurer in 1815 and served timber merchants. Around 1823 he founded Longley and Dyke with Joseph Dyke. In addition to his timber business, Longley purchased farmland on the St Lawrence River in August Township at Pointe au Baril in February 1822. Longley's farmland is near the site where Ziba and Jehiel Phillips would establish the village of Maitland. Longley settled there in 1826 and increased his land holdings, buying a controlling interested in a water-powered grist-mill. In December of that same year his partnership with Dyke ended and he worked only as an occasional supplier to Quebec. He also petitioned against the timber tolls on the Rideau Canal. In 1827-28 Longley built a 90-foot stone windmill on Pointe au Baril. It was enlarged and altered to become a steam-powered mill, one of the earliest in the province. At its peak, it employed 20 men and produced 150 barrels of flour a day. Longley was active throughout Maitland. In 1827-1828 he opened a merchant's shop. In 1836 he became postmaster and remained in that role until his death in 1842. His farm produced livestock, especially sheep and cattle. He built a stone villa close to his mill and farm in 1828, which survives to this day as an example of 19th-century domestic architecture in the area. He also led the efforts to construct the St James Church, which was built in 1826-27. Longley also played a key role in establishing the private school Maitland Academy 1833, which closed a year later. Longley sat in the House of Assembly for the riding of Grenville as a reformer in 1828. He supported a bill that provided grants for agricultural societies and also sat on the select committee on the Welland Canal Company. He lost in the 1830 general election. Longley served as the first president of the Grenville County Agricultural Society, which formed in 1830. In that same year, he was appointed to a committee to improve navigation on the St Lawrence and he was commissioner of the St Lawrence canals from 1833 until his death. He also received his first commission as justice of the peace in 1833. Around the same time he was also a director of the Saint Lawrence Inland Marine Assurance Company and of the Brockville board of the Commercial Bank of the Midland District. While travelling to England from Quebec in 1842 to seek a cure for his poor health, Longley died. He was buried in the parish of Milton-next-Gravesend, England in August 13, 1842.
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2) Harrod, S., & Ayearst, M. J. (1919). A list of Canadian bookplates: with a review of the history of ex libris in the Dominion. (W. Prescott, Ed.). Toronto: The Society of Bookplate Bibliophiles. Retrieved from
3) Otto, S. (1988). Longley, George. In Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 7. University of Toronto/Université Laval. Retrieved from
Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN P J5454
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_P_J5454
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 J5454
Date Available2018-03-29
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:
TranscriptFIRMAVIT FIDEM George E. Longley. Maitland, Ontario. CANADA. F. Adams Sc
TranslationHe was as good as his word
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