During Bain's tenure as Chief Librarian, he donated his own manuscript copy of an 1801 Mississauga-French dictionary to the library.
The dictionary contains the vocabulary of the Mississauga people of the region between York and Lake Simcoe, with French translations as well as notes about the quantities and prices of furs.
It was written by Quetton St. George, a French Royalist who came to Upper Canada in 1798, and who started trading with the Mississauga people. He became one of the most influential merchants and landowners in York during the early 1800s.
This manuscript was the gift of James Bain in 1886.
Creator: Laurent Quetton de St. George, 1771-1821
Rights: Public domain
Courtesy: Toronto Public Library.
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