White Tie and Decorations: Sir John and Lady Hope Simpson in Newfoundland, 1934-1936 by Peter NearyWhite Tie and Decorations: Sir John and Lady Hope Simpson in Newfoundland, 1934-1936 by Peter Neary

White Tie and Decorations: Sir John and Lady Hope Simpson in Newfoundland, 1934-1936

EditorPeter Neary

Paperback | March 7, 1997

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In February 1934, a financial emergency created by the Great Depression forced the suspension of self-government in Newfoundland. Britain guaranteed Newfoundland's debt and appointed a Commission of Government. Among the first members named to the new government was Sir John Hope Simpson, whose portfolio included responsibility for fishing, forestry, mining, and agriculture. This book is a selection from the many letters written from Newfoundland to family members in England by Sir John and Lady Hope Simpson (familiarly known as Quita). It recalls in vivid detail the terrible decade of the 1930s. The reader relives the era through the eyes of a couple who had a unique and informed perspective on events in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Sir John Hope Simpson was a man of wide international experience and exceptional administrative ability. His correspondence is candid and direct - that of an insider. Quita's letters reveal a perceptive and inquisitive nature and a pervading social concern. Both write about their progressive, even utopian, ideas. They travelled extensively in the country, met a wide range of people, and recorded their experiences in letters that capture the essence of the time.

Peter Neary's edition is based on the collection of Hope Simpson papers at Balliol College, Oxford. His selection from the Newfoundland correspondence is complemented in the book by maps and photographs. Neary's introduction lays the groundwork for an understanding of the letters and the milieu of the Hope Simpsons.

Peter Neary is a professor of history and Dean of the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of Newfoundland in the North Atlantic World, 1929-1949, and has published a number of other works on Newfoundland.
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Title:White Tie and Decorations: Sir John and Lady Hope Simpson in Newfoundland, 1934-1936Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9.01 × 6.03 × 1.09 inPublished:March 7, 1997Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

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ISBN - 10:0802080855

ISBN - 13:9780802080851

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'Peter Neary, doyen of experts on the 20th-century history of his native Newfoundland, has performed a signal service in conceiving and compiling this book. The letters by Sir John Hope Simpson and his spouse "Quita" to their family back in Britain make a first-class historical and literary document. ... Neary's enterprise and editorial aplomb have added a book of classic quality to the bibliography of Newfoundland. But its appeal will transcend the boundaries of provincial history and exclusively Canadian interest. There is a universal dimension to its descriptions, reportage, and sheer humanity.' - C.J. Fox - Quill and Quire