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By Richard Feltoe

A Gentleman of Substance covers the amazing 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 construction and contracting enterprise 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 shriveled by way of Colonel John by means of, verified his company popularity, 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 circulation, making him an seen candidate for the Montreal urban Council. the writer strains John Redpath's upwardly cellular social prestige, his friendship with Peter McGill, and his attractiveness into the elite society of Montreal, incomes him a spot in the coveted “Square Mile.” regardless of a rigorous company time table and huge family members tasks (he fathered 17 children), he used to be a widespread benevolent contributor to group wishes, in addition to partaking on a number 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 following 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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Finally, he deepened his involvement in the St. Andrews Society by taking on the chairmanship of their Committee of Management. Despite this full schedule, John regularly returned to Jones Falls to visit his children. It also appears that he made several visits 4 4 A Gentleman of Substance John Redpath, at 40 years of age, A. Plamendon, artist. 42 Jane (Drummond) Redpath, at 21 years of age, A. Plamendon, artist. A Tragic Loss and a New Beginning to Kingston to the Drummond household whose inhabitants were also observing their period of mourning.

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. This, in turn, infuriated the extremists, who retaliated by calling for the abolition of the Catholic Church within their proposed new republic. The ongoing crisis finally peaked when the Governor General, Lord Gosford, overrode the Legislature's continued veto on finances and ordered the required money appropriated for use by the various governmental departments.

Andrew's Society which John attended as part of a specially invited audience of 100 guests. However, this dinner and the society it supported were not altogether what they seemed, as will become clear later. As John Redpath's period of mourning passed from "Deep" to "Half" to "Light" during 1835, he began to resume his former tempo of life. His financial interests expanded as he purchased additional shares for his portfolio of business investments. He also extended his responsibilities at St. Paul's Church, where he was elected as Elder and officially ordained on May 31, 1835.

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