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By Richard Feltoe

A Gentleman of Substance covers the amazing 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. through 1818 he had his personal development and contracting enterprise and was once engaged on the Lachine Canal in addition to a lot development and recovery paintings on structures in Montreal. His paintings at the Rideau Canal, as reduced in size through Colonel John through, validated his company 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 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 recognition into the elite society of Montreal, incomes him a spot in the coveted “Square Mile.” regardless of a rigorous company agenda and broad kinfolk duties (he fathered 17 children), he used to be a common 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 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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Denis and had been forced to withdraw, losing several men and artillery pieces. Fear swept through the city and numerous civilians fled to escape the rumoured advance of the rebels. Two days later, however, an engagement at St. Charles resulted in the complete routing of the rebels, the capture of many of the rebellion ringleaders and the decamping of the few who remained at large into the United States. With the collapse of the rebellion on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, a coordinated attack by a combined regular and militia force soon overran the northern centre of Patriote activity at the village of St.

As well, he participated in the March 1832 baptism of his sixth child, Jane Margaret Redpath (born February 17, 1832). Interestingly, this birth is recorded in both the St. Gabriels and newly established St. Paul's registers. With the settling of this contentious religious issue and the official opening of the Rideau Canal in May 1832, John Redpath probably hoped that life could now return to normal. He concluded his business partnership with Thomas MacKay, as well as similar agreements held between himself and two other Rideau contractors, Thomas Phillips and Andrew White.

After several days water supplies and contaminated food led to outbreaks of of confrontations at the polling stations, factional fighting infection, and death, in specific neighbourhoods. Under escalated into all-out rioting and looting on May 21, 1832. normal circumstances this was something manageable for In response, the city authorities were forced to read the Riot the populace at large. In the early summer of 1832, however, Act and call in a small detachment of British troops to the problem became epidemic when a new wave of Working in the Wilderness immigrants brought with them what was referred to as "Asiatic Cholera"—a disease which then swept through every part of the colonies of Lower and Upper Canada.

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