Item FC 3213 L55 020.041 - 1857 (Oct) from Bethune, Palmer & Osler to the Bishop of Toronto

Transcript 1857 Oct 22 - Report to Bishop Strachan

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1857 (Oct) from Bethune, Palmer & Osler to the Bishop of Toronto

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FC 3213 L55 020.041

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  • October 22, 1857 (Creation)

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One sheet of blue paper.

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(1800-1879)

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Alexander Neil Bethune was the second Bishop of Toronto for the Anglican church, serving from 1867-1879.

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(1807-1881)

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A clergyman who founded the first Anglican church in Guelph, Upper Canada [now Ontario], serving at St. George's Anglican Church from 1832 to 1867. He later became archdeacon of Toronto before retiring to England in 1875.

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(1805-1895)

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Anglican clergyman from a Naval background.

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Place: Guelph [Ontario]

From: A.N. Bethune, Archdeacon of York; Arthur Palmer, Rector of Guelph & Rural Dean; F.L. Osler, Rector of Ancaster cum Dundas & Rural Dean

To: Bishop of Toronto

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Details: 4pp (secretarial copy)

Notes: A copy of the report submitted by Bethune, Palmer, and Osler on their inquiry into John Smithurst’s absence from his missionary post at Elora in the county of Wellington in the diocese of Toronto. John Strachan, Bishop of Toronto, requested these men investigate the allegation that Reverend Smithurst abandoned his post without permission. Churchwardens William Reynolds and J.S. Crossman in Elora confirmed that Rev. Smithurst had been largely absent since the end of April, sometimes remaining only a week at a time. The Churchwardens said Rev. Smithurst was unable “to read or preach in a tone of voice audible to all the members of his congregation; but admitted that his bodily health was on the whole vigorous.” Andrew Geddes confirmed the frequent absence of Rev. Smithurst, who is said to have taken up residence in the township of Minto. The report recommends the Bishop demand Rev. Smithurst's resignation.

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Bruce Peel Special Collections is part of University of Alberta Libraries.

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