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W2848 TO REV. THOMAS BAKER from Fredrick F. Wilkes (his future son-in-law)
Apr 8 1848
To: Rev. Thomas Baker [Brantford]
From: [Brantford]


I hereby give you notice to quit and deliver up possession of the dwelling house and presents you hold of [me, ours?], situate in Dumfries Street in the County of Brantford at the expiration of the current year of your tenancy.1

Dated this twentieth-eighth day of April 1848.

Yours [?] F. F. Wilkes

Sir, The Rev. Thomas Baker

The tenant is informed that should he continue to occupy the premises for longer periods he must make application to the agents of the [?][?] who are the keepers of the property.

1 Frederick F. Wilkes became the son-in-law of Rev. Thomas Baker, when he married Mary-Anne Baker, the sister of his deceased wife, Harriett Hampson Baker(d.1847). This union was unlawful at the time by both civil law and by Christian law. Many letters passed between the Rev. Baker and his daughter and Wilkes until finally she died in childbirth in 1850 [according to Whitehern records]. Rev. Baker never forgave Mary-Anne and refused to see her on her deathbed (W2894). For more on this story, see footnote at W2855.

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