By Richard Feltoe
A Gentleman of Substance covers the awesome lifetime of John Redpath. Born to humble conditions in Scotland in 1796, he emigrated to Canada in 1816 to turn into a stonemason in Montreal. via 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 gotten smaller through Colonel John by way of, demonstrated his company attractiveness, whereas his management in the Presbyterian Church stabilized his place locally. His involvement within the political and armed forces lifetime of Montreal is traced from prior to the 1837 uprising interval via to his involvement with the Annexation circulation, 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 reputation into the elite society of Montreal, incomes him a spot in the coveted “Square Mile.” regardless of a rigorous company agenda and vast relations duties (he fathered 17 children), he used to be a widespread benevolent contributor to group wishes, in addition to partaking 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 enlargement of Montreal, and to his founding of the Canada Sugar Refinery and its progress.
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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.
Later in life she became a prolific and influential writer and, as part of her 54 A Gentleman of Substance The front gates of the "Terrace Bank" estate, located at the present-day intersection of Sherbrooke Street and Mountain Street, shown below. 52 Looking down "Redpath Lane," now called Mountain Street, and, below, from the perspective of the intersection of Mountain and Dr. Penfield. " It is included in Appendix C as an unashamed testament to the obviously happy home that John Redpath created for his family and successive generations.
Together, these four gentlemen had agreed to an equal division of the projected losses or profits for the completed work. In fact, the partners now each received a profit of over £20,000, a huge sum for those days. Nor was this their only reward, as Lieutenant Colonel By presented one of a set of four commemorative silver trophies to each of the principal contractors in recognition of their efforts and success. Originally, the canal had been scheduled for an official opening in August of the previous year, but construction delays had postponed the ceremony until the spring of 1832.
A Gentleman of Substance: The Life and Legacy of John Redpath (1796-1869) by Richard Feltoe