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A Gentleman of Substance: The Life and Legacy of John by Richard Feltoe

By Richard Feltoe

A Gentleman of Substance covers the striking lifetime of John Redpath. Born to humble conditions in Scotland in 1796, he emigrated to Canada in 1816 to turn into a stonemason in Montreal. by means of 1818 he had his personal construction and contracting company and used to be engaged on the Lachine Canal in addition to a lot building and recovery paintings on structures in Montreal. His paintings at the Rideau Canal, as shrunk through Colonel John through, tested his company attractiveness, whereas his management in the Presbyterian Church stabilized his place in the neighborhood. His involvement within the political and army lifetime of Montreal is traced from ahead of the 1837 uprising interval via to his involvement with the Annexation stream, making him an visible candidate for the Montreal urban Council. the writer strains John Redpath's upwardly cellular social prestige, his friendship with Peter McGill, and his reputation into the elite society of Montreal, incomes him a spot in the coveted “Square Mile.” regardless of a rigorous company time table and large family members obligations (he fathered 17 children), he was once a widespread benevolent contributor to neighborhood wishes, in addition to partaking on a number 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 next subdivision of his property and the early residential growth of Montreal, and to his founding of the Canada Sugar Refinery and its progress.

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Following this outburst of violence, no compromise could be found and the situation continued to simmer within the congregation until March 1831. During this time no celebration of communion was held within the church. Still unable to achieve their goals by regular means, the Independentists now took the unprecedented step of staging a sit-in and forcible occupation of St. Gabriels, thus denying Esson and his followers access to the church. For the next twelve months, until March 1832, the lockout was continued by a rotation of the dissidents and the church remained effectively closed.

Paul s Church records, John is now described as "... John Redpath, merchant of Montreal.. "4—a sure sign that his status within the city had changed and that he was now considered part of Montreal in 1846, showing the location of the Terrace Bank property. Note that the actual property continues beyond the top of the map, outside the city boundary. Defending Against R e b e l l i o n And a New Home an adjacent section of the property. By May 1837, the new house was well under construction and the surrounding grounds were being actively cultivated, as noted in a letter written by John to a Mr.

Such was the case at the beginning of July 1834, when 03 an infected Irish immigrant arrived at Montreal aboard the steamer Lady of the Lake and started a new outbreak of cholera within the city. In response, a hastily formed group of concerned citizens including John Redpath, made desperate attempts to stem the spread of infection by establishing a Committee of Sanitation. This committee saw to it that those immigrants found to be infected were quarantined and that temporary hospitals were set up to tend to the sick.

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