Courtesy of my friend Gordon Moat, who knows a tremendous amount about 19th century spinning wheel manufacturers in eastern Ontario (and goes on seeking), a curiosity from the first year of the new Government of Canada, 1868. The document is routine: letters patent acknowledging the invention of "The Conqueror Spindle-Head Extension Arm" by Michael Horton Row of the village of Kemptville.
What's nice about it is the way, in March 1868, the responsible official has taken old stationary from the Upper Canada division of the Province of Canada, crossed out
The new government seemed to have been prepared to get along without image consultants, design firms, and PR agencies telling them they needed a new logo and lots of new letterhead for their new distinction. In fact, they had not even updated Upper Canada to Canada West, and had been carrying on happily since 1841.
The other nice thing, of course, is that the official responsible for getting out the letters patent for the new spinning wheel part was John A. Macdonald, attorney-general for