Employees' Welcome Address to James Goldie, Esq., on his return from a visit to his native Scotland.
|Year Range from||1890|
|Year Range to||1900|
A document welcoming James Goldie upon his return to Guelph from a visit to his native land of Scotland, c.1895. Was commissioned by his employees, some of whom had been with him over 25 years.
"To James Goldie, Esq.
It is with pleasure that we your employees gather together, at this time, to greet you on your safe return from your native land and to present you with this address of welcome as a token of the esteem in which you are held by us. As an employer you have always taken a deep interest in our welfare and always been anxious that we should take hold of every opportunity of improving ourselves; you have always shown you have had a warm heart towards your employees by your actions towards and treatment of them, and by your acts of kindness, and consideration, you have endeared yourself to us. Full well we realize the value and usefulness of men such as yourself, your worthy brothers and sons, not only in providing us employment but in helping build up the manufacturing industries of the Dominion.
A number of us have been in your employ for a quarter of a century and over, and during that time have seen the business extend from a small mill to the largest milling industry in Ontario, and still realize in you the same kind friend, and we hope you will stil prosper in all your business undertakings and live to yet pay another visit to the "land o' cakes and heather."
It is not our province to say anything of you as a citizen but we can all look to you as an example of a benevolent and public spirited man ready to help any and every good work. We can not close this address without referring in the most sincere manner to the kind regard we all have for Mrs. Goldie and we fully appreciate the kindness she has always manifested towards us. And in closing we again repeat our expressions of high esteem for Mrs. Goldie and yourself.
Signed on behalf of all your employees: Sebastian Schwalm; John Higgins; McBryde Duncan; Robert Elliott, Sec.; Edward Galloway; Stewart Purves; Fredk. J. Sharpe."
Sharpe, Frederick J.
INDUSTRY & TRADE
This is a very elaborately illuminated document or welcome address hand written and painted on a piece of parchment paper which is mounted on an ivory coloured matte-board. The calligraphied script is done in gold and crimson. The colours are mainly gold leaf, crimson, cobalt blue and green. A scroll design with leaves, flowers, medallions encompasses the hand-written address. At the top of the address is a crimson shield with the word"To" inscribed on it. Whereas this document was originally framed, it has since been removed from the frame.
Dimensions of the document itself: Length: 55.5 cm. ; Width: 41.8 cm.
Dimensions of Mounted Document:
Length: 71.5 cm. ; Width: 56 cm.