A large collection of letters, maps and other papers that once belonged to Sir John Sherbrooke, the lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia who conquered Maine for the British during the War of 1812, has sold for $573,000 at auction in London. The winning bidder was Library and Archives Canada, and the future Canadian Museum of History. Including commission, the sale cost the federal government about $690,000.
The collection features a letter written by Sherbrooke to Major General Robert Ross congratulating his troops — composed of Canadian and British soldiers — for successfully burning down the White House in August 1814.
The collection, which includes hand-drawn maps from the early 1800s that show major Canadian cities such as Halifax, Toronto and Montreal in their infancies, sold for almost twice what had been expected.
You can read more in an article in the CBC News web site at http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/06/19/sherbrooke-collection-auction.html.
My thanks to Yvonne Dolbec for telling me about this sale.