Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00073 - De Grassi Family Papers

Identity area

Reference code



De Grassi Family Papers


  • 1793-1877 (Creation)

Level of description

Manuscript Collection

Extent and medium

1 box (13 cm)

Context area

Name of creator


Biographical history

Philip De Grassi, soldier, was born in Rome, Italy, in 1793. He became an officer in Napoleon’s army, and saw service in the Peninsular war. He was taken prisoner by the British; and in England he obtained a commission in the British army. He was in the British West Indies with his regiment from 1812 to 1815; and he was then placed on half-pay. After eking out a living in England by teaching languages, he emigrated, with his family, to Canada in 1831, and settled near York (Toronto), Upper Canada. In the rebellion of 1837, two of his daughters, Cornelia (d. 1885) and Charlotte (d. 1872), played a romantic and adventurous part; and he himself served with the loyalist forces. He died at Lindsay, Ontario, in 1877.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Sheila Boyd, 1950

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Collection of papers of the family and descendents of Philip De Grassi (1793-1877). Letters of Charles Gordon Lennox, 5th Duke of Richmond (1791-1860), and other members of his family (1812-1836), mostly to Philip De Grassi.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Notes area

Alternative identifier(s)

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description identifier


Institution identifier

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

Rules and/or conventions used




Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related genres

Related places