Reservation card for Sheriff Sweetland, (the Sheriff of Carleton County in which the City of Ottawa is located) who along with members of parliament and other public officials, was entitled to reserved seating for the official Ottawa Memorial service for Queen Victoria, held at Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday February 2 1901.
Envelope Addressed to:
Sheriff Sweetland , Kilmington Place Ottawa
postmarked: OTTAWA FREE JA 31 '01
Free-frank handstamp signature (rubber stamp device) of 'Harry Graham' , a vice regal assistant to Canada's Governor General Lord Minto.
Sheriff John Sweetland to whom this reservation was sent, along with Ottawa Journal newspaper owner and hockey promoter Phillip Ross were the first trustees of what became known as Ice Hockey's Stanley Cup.
Originally named the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, Sweetland and Ross were appointed as the trustees of the famous cup in 1893 by Canada's then Governor General Lord Stanley around the time he left office as Governor General and went back to England. Sweetland remained a trustee of Stanley's cup until 1907. Lord Stanley served as Canada's governor General, Queen Victoria's representative in Canada, from 1888 to 1893.