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 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 gotten smaller via Colonel John by means of, tested his enterprise acceptance, 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 ahead of the 1837 uprising interval via to his involvement with the Annexation flow, 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 recognition into the elite society of Montreal, incomes him a spot in the coveted “Square Mile.” regardless of a rigorous company agenda and wide kinfolk tasks (he fathered 17 children), he was once a widespread benevolent contributor to group wishes, in addition to engaging on a number of forums and Committees and contributing to the shaping of the city layout of Montreal. consciousness 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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I should have no objection to be a little further out of the way till the whole affair was over as my ambition does not lead me that way, nevertheless I must not leave the ladies to combat against such heavy metal with their small arms 8 Finally, by August of that year, John was able to report to Mr. Carthage: . . I have left my house in town and am residing on the Des Rivieres property at the mountain which I purchased last fall and for which I have promised to pay i 0,000... the situation is delightful and my time is occupied in improving the property which keeps me in employment and suits my taste to live private and retiring, having all the necessary enjoyments of life within ourselves and feel no inclination for company or what the world falsly calls amusement 9 Although the house no longer exists, the original Defending Against Rebellion And a New Home Two views showing the rear of Terrace Bank.
The heavy fines and alienations, which impede the upcoming nuptials: 64 transmission oflandfand impose a burthensome tax upon every improvement: the feudal privilege on every purchase of real estate, which renders its possession insecure, and prevents investment of capital thereon? and the seigniorial monopoly in the manufacture of the products of the soil; which checks improvement in cultivation, and cramps enterprise in commerce, are not only injurious to the use of land for agriculture, but are infinitely more destructive to its application for building purposes..
Things were so serious that when news of the death of King William IV reached Montreal, some Legislative representatives objected to taking an oath of loyalty to the new sovereign, Queen Victoria. On the other hand, in a surprising show of support for the authorities, the Catholic Church came out in public opposition to any uprising and proclaimed that all true Catholics should repudiate the acts of violence and calls for an uprising. As a result, many of the "faithful" in the congregations abandoned the Patriote cause.
A Gentleman of Substance: The Life and Legacy of John Redpath (1796-1869) by Richard Feltoe