Item FC 3213 L55 020.043 - 1857 (Nov) from John Strachan to Arthur Palmer

Transcript 1857 Nov 8 - Letter from Strachan

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1857 (Nov) from John Strachan to Arthur Palmer

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FC 3213 L55 020.043

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  • November 8, 1857 (Creation)

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One sheet of paper, watermarked "A Pike & Sons."

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Strachan was the first Anglican Bishop for the Diocese of Toronto (1839-1867). He was also instrumental in the founding of the University of Trinity College in Toronto.

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Place: Toronto

From: John Toronto

To: Rev. A. Palmer

Details: 4pp

Notes: A copy of a private letter written by John Strachan, Bishop of Toronto to Rev. Arthur Palmer of Guelph, Canada West.

In this letter, Bishop Strachan responds to a letter written by Rev. Palmer which enclosed a letter sent to him by Mr. Geddes, a prominent member of the congregation at Elora. The bishop expresses anger and frustration with Reverend John Smithurst for abandoning his parish at Elora and refusing to tender his resignation. Mr. Geddes proposed a solution to the impasse, but the bishop gives detailed reasons why the proposal in unacceptable. Bishop Strachan plans to appoint a commission to investigate Rev. Smithurst's conduct.

The context of this letter is confusing, given that Bethune, Palmer, and Osler had already visited Elora and completed a report on Rev. Smithurst's absence dated October 22, 1857. Also, Rev. Smithurst indicated in his letter of November 3 to the Elora congregation that he had resigned. Perhaps a delayed postal delivery is to blame for this confusion.

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

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