By Richard Feltoe
A Gentleman of Substance covers the extraordinary lifetime of John Redpath. Born to humble situations in Scotland in 1796, he emigrated to Canada in 1816 to turn into a stonemason in Montreal. by way 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 constructions in Montreal. His paintings at the Rideau Canal, as shrunk by way of Colonel John through, demonstrated his enterprise 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 flow, making him an noticeable candidate for the Montreal urban Council. the writer strains 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 company agenda and vast kinfolk tasks (he fathered 17 children), he used to be a common benevolent contributor to group wishes, in addition to partaking on a variety of 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 next 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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This campaign included pressing for boycotts of any "English" business, disruption and heckling of any "English" meeting or public assembly, threats of violence against any French Canadian who wished to remain neutral, and actual violence against those who openly stood 47 A Gentleman of Substance 48 against them. 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.
With this in mind, therefore, the subsequent series of events becomes all the more astonishing. The issue began in 1830 with a fundamental difference of opinion between the congregations co-ministers, the Reverend Henry Esson and the Reverend Edward Black, over the relative authorities and jurisdictions of the central Church of Scotland and the local congregations in Canada. So deep were these differences that matters degenerated until the large and previously successful congregation found itself divided according to the stance of one or the other of the church ministers.
Religious observance, moral correctness and spiritual welfare were not merely platitudes, but fundamental tenets that dominated every facet of daily life, both within and outside the congregation. Church members were accountable to the Elders and Deacons of the church for all aspects of their conduct. Consequently, individuals who had been reported as behaving improperly, or even simply visiting another church to attend services, would be summoned to appear before a "Deacons Court" to explain their actions.