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By Richard Feltoe

A Gentleman of Substance covers the impressive 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 enterprise 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 gotten smaller through Colonel John through, confirmed his company popularity, 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 sooner than the 1837 uprising interval via to his involvement with the Annexation stream, making him an noticeable candidate for the Montreal urban Council. the writer lines 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 enterprise agenda and huge family members duties (he fathered 17 children), he was once a common benevolent contributor to neighborhood wishes, in addition to partaking on various 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 growth of Montreal, and to his founding of the Canada Sugar Refinery and its development.

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Not only was he invited to become a Director of the Bank of Montreal, but also was asked to sit on the Board of Directors for two city institutions. The first was the Committee of Management for the Montreal General Hospital, one of the first non-denominational hospitals in Canada and one that later founded the first medical school in Canada. The second was the Mechanics Institute of Montreal, established in 1828 which promoted adult education and training and whose lending library system became the model for the current public library network found in almost every town and city across Canada.

Unfortunately, while Lord Durham won over the various factions in Canada, events were taking place in England that would undo almost all of his achievements in placating the contending elements of the populace in Canada. There, a political split in the British Cabinet had weakened the government and changed the balance of power within the English Parliament. This event allowed Lord Brougham, a personal enemy of Lord Durham and a political opponent of the incumbent Government, to force through a series of votes that culminated with the condemnation and complete repudiation of Lord Durham's decisions in Canada.

Poulett While they were together in London, John Thompson in February 1840. Later that year, an official apparently received a letter from Jane notifying him of the delegation, including John, took the Merchants' case to engagement of his eldest daughter, Elizabeth, to John England for formal presentation to the British Parliament. Dougall, a successful Montreal merchant, who later became There, John was reported to have been a powerful advocate the editor of the Montreal Witness. This letter prompted John of the position presented in the official address each time he to return to Montreal earlier than expected.

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