By Richard Feltoe
A Gentleman of Substance covers the impressive lifetime of John Redpath. Born to humble situations in Scotland in 1796, he emigrated to Canada in 1816 to develop into a stonemason in Montreal. by way of 1818 he had his personal construction 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 by way of, validated his company recognition, whereas his management in the Presbyterian Church stabilized his place in the neighborhood. His involvement within the political and armed forces lifetime of Montreal is traced from sooner than the 1837 uprising interval via to his involvement with the Annexation flow, making him an seen candidate for the Montreal urban Council. the writer lines John Redpath's upwardly cellular social prestige, his friendship with Peter McGill, and his recognition into the elite society of Montreal, incomes him a spot in the coveted “Square Mile.” regardless of a rigorous enterprise agenda and vast kin duties (he fathered 17 children), he was once a common benevolent contributor to neighborhood wishes, in addition to engaging on various forums and Committees and contributing to the shaping of the city layout of Montreal. awareness 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 progress.
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The Patriotes then instituted a series of measures to extend and secure their power base that were subsequently documented in a paper submitted to the British Parliament. An excerpt of this document is to be found in Appendix B. As a result, the other linguistic and cultural communities of Montreal were literally in fear for their future as the political extremism of the Patriotes became a manifesto for driving all other linguistic cultures out of Lower Canada, by the use of force if required. For this purpose, an armed "paramilitary" wing of the Patriotes was established under the guise of a cultural and fraternal organization called La Societe Saint-Jean Baptiste.
Who I hope when they get tired of me will have the honesty to let me know and they will find that in taking, what is termed a hint, I am not very far behind the rest of my neighbours 7 In another letter of July 19, 1837, this time to a Mr. C. 49 A Gentleman of Substance Two views showing the front of Terrace Bank. Carthage, also of New York City, John reveals additional details about the move to the new property: 50 . . There is signs of moving in our house today, the crockery and glassware have been turned out upon the floor and I had no idea that I had such a large stock of things.
They then formed up, marched out of the building and declared themselves as an entirely new congregation under the banner of "St. " Was John Redpath part of this occupying Independentist group? It cannot be said with any certainty. What is known, however, is that he strongly supported Reverend Black, spoke on his behalf at the Synod of churches investigating the matter, and was a founding member of the new congregation. In addition, on several occasions during the period concerned, he was certainly in Montreal since he is recorded as having attended the weddings of his brother Robert's daughters, Helen Redpath, in October 1831, and Jessie Redpath in February 1832.