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[Bookplate for Arthur Richard Springett]
[Bookplate for Arthur Richard Springett]
Title[Bookplate for Arthur Richard Springett]
Date Created[between 1870 and 1929]
Sort Date1929
DescriptionIn black ink on white paper, this bookplate consists of a shield or escutcheon Gules (red) party per fess wavy with three crescents, two over one, Argent (silver). The closed, barred helm in profile toward the dexter half bears a crest of a displayed eagle upon a nowed snake in a figure eight and a straight wreath. The helm is surrounded by mantling. Below the escutcheon, a banner bears the motto 'MEMOR ET FIDELIS' [Latin: Mindful and Faithful].
Extent1 bookplate : burin engraving ; 6.1 x 9.3 cm
Personal NamesSpringett, Arthur Richard
TypeStill Image
NotesOwner was Arthur Richard Springett, the son-in-law of Sir Alexander Tilloch Galt, a member of the Great Coalition Cabinet, Canada's first Minister of Finance, and the first High Commissioner of Canada in London. Springett married Galt's daughter, Evelyn Cartier Galt, in the spring of 1893. The Springetts, described by Evelyn C. Springett in her book "For My Children's Children" as 'a good old family, ' were distantly related to the wife of William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania. According to his wife, Springett was 'a tall, good-looking Englishman who had been educated at Shrewsbury School and Christ Church, Oxford, and had then come out to Canada to fare for himself.' Springett was an Indian Agent on the Peigan Reserve near Fort Macleod in Alberta from 1887-1891, and then became the manager of the New Oxley (Lazy H) Ranch in southern Alberta from 1893-1903 and later the Canadian Land and Ranch Company (76 Ranch) in Saskatchewan from 1904-1907. According to "For My Children's Children, " by 1913, when Springett and his wife were living in Cheltenham, England, he 'had become a confirmed invalid' He had given up a struggle which had been a losing fight from the first, and was much happier and more contented than he had been for years. He died on April the second, 1914, in his fifty-second year.' The Springett family crest that appears on the ex libris is pictured in chapter three (The Springetts) of "For My Children's Children." A copy of this ex libris is also available in the Philippe Masson Ex Libris Collection at McGill University. Although Springett lived in Canada for at least 20 years, it is unknown whether his ex libris was produced in Canada or his native England.
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6) Satzewich, V. (1996). Patronage, moral regulation and the recruitment of indian affairs personnel, 1879-1900. Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology-revue canadienne de sociologie et d'anthropologie, 33(2), 213-234.
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Access IdentifierBP MUR SL P S675
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_SL_P_S675
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Leslie Binder. BP MUR SL P S675
Date Available2011
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:
TranscriptMEMOR ET FIDELIS Arthur Richard Springett
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