By Richard Feltoe
A Gentleman of Substance covers the extraordinary lifetime of John Redpath. Born to humble conditions in Scotland in 1796, he emigrated to Canada in 1816 to develop into a stonemason in Montreal. by means of 1818 he had his personal development and contracting company and was once engaged on the Lachine Canal in addition to a lot building and recovery paintings on constructions in Montreal. His paintings at the Rideau Canal, as shrunk via Colonel John through, verified his company popularity, whereas his management in the Presbyterian Church stabilized his place locally. His involvement within the political and armed forces lifetime of Montreal is traced from earlier than the 1837 uprising interval via to his involvement with the Annexation stream, making him an visible candidate for the Montreal urban Council. the writer lines John Redpath's upwardly cellular social prestige, his friendship with Peter McGill, and his popularity into the elite society of Montreal, incomes him a spot in the coveted “Square Mile.” regardless of a rigorous enterprise agenda and broad family members duties (he fathered 17 children), he was once a common benevolent contributor to neighborhood wishes, in addition to partaking on a variety of forums and Committees and contributing to the shaping of the city layout of Montreal. realization is given to his expansive domestic, Terrace financial institution, the following subdivision of his property and the early residential enlargement of Montreal, and to his founding of the Canada Sugar Refinery and its development.
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Paul's to perform the service of burial. To his distress, he received the reply that the minister was away in the city, attending to similar functions and could not be located. John sought out his elder brother, Robert Redpath, and together they approached Robert's minister at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, the Reverend Alexander Mathieson. Fortunately, the gentleman was able to officiate and, by nightfall, Janet's corpse had been placed in a grave at the Protestant burial ground, leaving behind the following stark entry in the St.
Due to the rising tension, John Redpath and his fellow Board members for the Mechanics Institute found it necessary to suspend their activities of providing adult education sessions until it was felt safe to do so without the disruptions of classes that had occurred of late. While his efforts to promote the education of adults were halted temporarily, John pressed forward with his support for improving children's education by becoming part of the committee to found the Canadian Sunday School Union.
Arrived at Jones Falls on Saturday morning the 5th of September. Found all in a pretyfair way—very few hands—but those that were in tolerable good order and working well—The dam that had been stoped by Mr Gils still leaking, but of no material consequence. Colonel By arrived from Bytown with the canoes—ofered to retain one for me, providing I could make myself ready soon. I acepted the offer as I wished to get back as quick as posible and was tired enough of my journey upward & on horseback—Got finished about 5 o'clock in the afternoon and set out—Left them all in good spirits at least and high in the hopes of me coming back soon with reforce't Arrived at the Ithmus about 12 o'clock in the evening— found the Colonel asleep, he kindly ofered me a part of his bed, which I acepted as beds are not plenty in this part of the world—The Istmus is a most dull, ugly looking place at least in my eyes .
A Gentleman of Substance: The Life and Legacy of John Redpath (1796-1869) by Richard Feltoe