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Cronin, Patrick Francis
Patrick Francis Cronin collection. -- 1839-1919; 1899 predominant. -- 1 cm of textual records .
P.F. Cronin, a journalist, came to Canada in 1887 from Ireland in 1887. He first worked for the Toronto Empire and later on for the Catholic Register. Edward Blake (1833-1912) was a Canadian lawyer and politician, who became premier of Ontario in 1871 before moving on to federal politics. In 1892 he abandoned Canadian politics for British, serving as the Nationalist member for South Longford in the British House of Commons until 1907. He died in Toronto in 1912.
The collection is mainly concerned with Blake's visit to Toronto in September and October of 1899 and Cronin's wish that the visit serve as expression of support for Irish Home Rule. Besides correspondence between Cronin and Blake, the collection contains a holograph copy of a letter from Lord John Russell (1792-1878) dated 16 October 1839 letters from Senator John O'Donohoe and various notes for speeches by Cronin, one dated as late as 30 May 1919.
Researchers are also directed to the Thomas D'Arcy McGee collection which includes correspondence between McGee and Senator O'Donohoe.
Title based on the content of the collection.