Greeting the Governor General, Montreal, 1843

Montreal Gazette, 21 August 1843, page 2

Sir Charles Metcalfe - image from Wikipedia

Sir Charles Metcalfe – image from Wikipedia

We understand that apartment have been taken for the Governor-General and suite at Rasco’s Hotel, where his Excellency will remain till Thursday afternoon, when he will leave for Quebec. A levee will probably be held on Wednesday.

An Address from the Mayor and Corporation, on the part of the inhabitants, will, we believe, be presented to His Excellency, but whether this is to be done at the city limits, at the Town Hall, or at Rasco’s Hotel, we have been unable to learn. It is possible that the late hour at which His Excellency is expected to arrive (six o’clock), may have prevented the Corporation from making proper arrangements for a public reception, though the erection of a triumphal arch, and the invitation to the citizens generally to unite with them in receiving His Excellency, would imply such an intention on their part. It is to be regretted that the citizens generally have not been better informed of the intentions of the Corporation, so that they might have been prepared to receive in a becoming manner their Sovereign’s Representative, on this his first visit to Montreal.

At a late hour yesterday, we were unable to learn anything as to the intentions of the authorities. Whatever inconvenience may result from the delay in announcing them, we feel confident that the loyal British inhabitants of this city wait only for the opportunity, to testify in any manner which may be judged most appropriate, their respect for the Governor-General as the Representative of their Sovereign, for his private virtues, and for his long and distinguished services to the State as an officer in high command in both hemispheres. Should they appear to fail in any respect in the expression of their feelings, it will be from no fault on their part, but be wholly attributable to the failure of proper organization on the part of those whose business it is to take the lead in the demonstration. We hope, however, that this morning the Corporation will make good use of the little time they have left themselves for preparation.

Montreal Gazette, 22 August 1843, page 2

THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL – Yesterday the streets were alive with people, anxiously looking for the arrival of his Excellency. Two o’clock came, and the troops who lined the sideways were withdrawn, at three o’clock they were replaced, and again withdrawn at five. At the time we are now writing, (half-past eight o’clock) His Excellency has not yet reached town; but a guard of honour from the 89th Regiment, is drawn up in front of Rasco’s Hotel to receive him, in the event of his arriving during the night. There appears to have been from the first, a want of arrangement in the whole matter; but we know not whether this be the fault of His Excellency’s officers in not communicating with the Mayor, or of some unavoidable delay in the journey from the Caledonia Springs to this city. Had his Excellency arrived at the time generally anticipated, we are sure that he would have been met with such an enthusiastic reception as must have convinced him that he was heartily welcome to our good city.

Nine o’clock, evening – His Excellency has just arrived, and taken up his residence in Rasco’s Hotel. The Steamer Oldfield, in which His Excellency and suite embarked, dead not leave Carillon till half-past three o’clock in the afternoon.

Montreal Gazette, 23 August 1843, page 2

We yesterday announced His Excellency the Governor General’s arrival in Montreal, at an hour which rendered nugatory the preparations made by the Corporation, to ensure his Excellency a public demonstration of the respect in which he is held by our citizens, both as representative of Her Majesty, and as an individual whose whole life has been spent in the service of the Empire, and whose actions have, in no slight degree, benefited his fellow subjects in either hemisphere.

It will be seen, by an advertisement in our paper of to-day, that his Excellency will, during his stay in Montreal, receive visitors at Rasco’s Hotel, from twelve to four o’clock in the afternoon; and we understand that it is not his Excellency’s intention to hold a public levee, during his short stay among us.

His Excellency was yesterday forenoon, waited upon by His Worship the Mayor, the other members of the Corporation, and some of our leading citizens, when the following Address was presented:-

To His Excellency the Right Honourable Sir Charles Theopholus Metcalfe, Baronet, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, one of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council, Governor General of British North America, and Captain General, and Governor in Chief, in and over the Provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Island of Prince Edward, Vice Admiral of the same, &c, &c, &c.

May it please your Excellency, -We Her Majesty’s devoted and loyal subjects, the Mayor, Aldermen, and Citizens of Montreal, beg leave most respectfully to meet your Excellency, and offer you a cordial and sincere welcome on your first arrival in our city.

The fame of your Excellency’s distinguished merit, and eminent public services, proceeded your visit to Montreal, and prepared us to entertain for you personally, the most unfeigned admiration and esteem, at the same time that we offer your Excellency, as the Representative of our Gracious and beloved Queen, the tribute of our sincere and dutiful respect.

Whilst we sincerely regret the brief delay to which your Excellency’s devotion to public affairs has circumscribed your sojourn in Montreal, we earnestly hope, the occasion will be productive of unalloyed gratification to your Excellency, by affording you satisfactory evidences of the rapidly increasing prosperity of our city, and the augmenting welfare of its inhabitants.
(Signed) Jos. Bourret
Montreal Province of Canada, 21st August, 1843

His Excellency was graciously pleased in reply, to thank his Worship, the Council, and citizens, for the flattering attention shewn him, and to express his deep regret that untoward events, beyond his control, had prevented his arrival in time, to witness the very flattering demonstrations intended to have been made; His Excellency added, that he hoped he would ere long, have it in his power to pay Montreal, which he was pleased to say, was the most beautiful as well as the most important city he had seen in British North America, a less hurried visit than his present one.

An address was also presented to His Excellency, by the Chairman and Council of the Montreal Board of Trade, and numerous private individuals during the day paid their respects to the distinguished visitor.
We understand that his Excellency the Governor General and suite will leave for Quebec on Thursday morning, per steamer Montreal.

Posted in 19C, Canada, Commemoration | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Family Places Tour, Pt 4, St George’s Hanover Square, 2014

St George’s Church, Hanover Square, 2014

St George Hanover Sq (1)

A ten minute walk from Golden Square, on the other side of Regent Street, lies the Church of St George’s Hanover Square. It was here that Elizabeth Windham (aka Morgan) was baptized in 1743, and her brother William in 1751. She married Richard Guise here in 1761.

I was really looking forward to seeing this place. When I had read up about it on the internet, it showed some amazing pictures, and it looked like a lovely Georgian church. It was built between 1721 and 1724, and it was here that the composer Frederick Handel worshiped.

As Susan, Pete and I were walking there from Golden Square, we approached the church from the rear. Sadly, not its best angle. Once we reached the front, the disappointment continued. At the front we reached a tall, elaborate portico, with soaring columns. As we entered the portico, we noticed that the church doors were being blocked by two homeless men. They seemed to have settled in and made it ‘home’ despite the signs above them that said “no sleeping”. We tried to open the one door without a keeper, and it was locked. No entry.

St George Hanover Sq (2)

Meanwhile a group of people had begun to gather outside- but it turns out that they were waiting for a tour bus, which arrived soon after. Really it was a ‘posh’ neighbourhood, with Christies across the street, but the church looked so sad, unloved and dirty.

I would have loved to have gone inside and seen it more carefully. This was my one true disappointment in my “family places” tour. The photos say it all.

St George Hanover Sq (3)

Posted in British History, England, Family History, Genealogy | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Who will praise their arts degrees? 2014

Last week Carleton University announced that Wes Nicol made a $10 million donation to their school of business. it was a festive moment, the school was rejoicing at the infusion of much need cash and publicity, and Mr Nicol was glowing from pride at what he was able to give to the community. [$10M-donation-for-new-business-school-building/1] In the various interviews he gave, he talked about the benefits of his university education, and how happy he was to give back, so that others may benefit from a good education. This is wonderful, and that kind of massive gift is all too infrequent.

But I want to pull back for a moment of reflection here. Mr Nicol was giving $10m to a business program, but his own success was not as a result of a business degree. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton. Why then did he invest in a business degree? Why not give the chronically underfunded Faculty of Arts the much needed money? He cannot argue that this program provided material benefit, as his success demonstrates.

The media as of late have been very quick to denigrate arts degrees. Why don’t you get a “useful” degree, one that will gain you a high-paying job or career? Become a scientist, or an engineer, or a lawyer. These jobs pay well and are “legitimate” and “respectable.” What can an arts degree get you?

Apparently a company that enables you to make $10M donations to universities.

As Mr Nicol demonstrates, even with a degree in the arts, you can pursue a career in business, away from the actually topic you studied at school. The flexibility of an arts education can parlay the acquired skills into unrelated activities, to create a career to which you are best suited, interested in and allow you to succeed.

Why aren’t the successful arts graduates giving back to the programs that gave them the skills to success in their chose career paths?

Posted in Canada, Social commentary | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Family Places Tour, Pt 3, Sherborne, 2014

or Sherborne and the architectural historian inside of me!

My cousin Andrea and I went to see Sherborne, Dorset, home to the Cutler family in the late 18C and early 19C, when our mutual ancestor the Rev John Cutler served as headmaster at Sherborne Grammar School. Our first stop was at Sherborne Abbey.

Lady Chapel - note the windows

Lady Chapel – note the windows

What an absolutely lovely church. Henry VIII and Cromwell were responsible for a lot of the loss of decoration, and the 19C is responsible whatever remains. It is a church with not a lot of statuary, but it is beautiful. I had a specific goal in mind though going into the Abbey, and that was the Lady Chapel. According to histories written about Sherborne School the chapel served as the home of the headmasters of the school until the mid 19th century, and stayed as a residence in the school for another half a century. It was only in 1922 when the Abbey got it back and turned it back into the Lady Chapel, and a memorial for World War I. [A History of Sherborne School by AB Gourlay, Warren & Son, 1951 & Sherborne Abbey by Huw Ridgeway, Sherborne Abbey, 2014]

From "A History of Sherborne School" by Gourlay

From “A History of Sherborne School” by Gourlay

For those scratching their heads at this point, I am with you. I could not imagine just cutting off a part of the Abbey to turn into a house, how odd does that sound. My mind had conjured images of the chapel actually being off to the side of the church itself, and easily separated, and I really could not imagine the space being that large, or suitable for family living. I knew Rev John Cutler had about 9 kids, so where would he have put them? But the Lady Chapel, and the general area partitioned off the Abbey is actually quite large, and sits at the back of the Abbey, behind the main altar area.

Plan of Abbey from "Sherborne Abbey" by Ridgeway with house marked at top

Plan of Abbey from “Sherborne Abbey” by Ridgeway with house marked at top

As it exists now there are only a few clues to its past use, including Tudor style windows where a third floor must have been, and a fireplace in the area now used for baptisms.

Side part of Lady Chapel with fireplace

Side part of Lady Chapel with fireplace

Lady Chapel

Lady Chapel

The whole exterior of this part of the building though really does look different from the rest of the Abbey. The brick looks slightly different, and the decoration around the windows and eaves are a different style from the rest of the building.

From the outside- clearly a different style of construction at the end

From the outside- clearly a different style of construction at the end

After taking in the Abbey and imagining the house in the Lady Chapel, we went to the school. The doors were wide open, and there were a lot of workers milling about. School was not in session yet, so I imagine they were prepping the school for the inevitable onslaught of keen young men, or rambunctious ones anyway. We went into the reception area, and were given leave to wander around the school. It is a lovely area, and still speaks to its heritage as part of Sherborne Abbey, with the monks cloisters still evident within the more modern (relatively speaking) buildings. It was a fascinating experience. After looking at the main buildings, from the outside (everything was locked), we headed to the School House as the building was known, the Lady’s Chapel, from the other side, on school property. And it was so easy from this angle to see that this was a home, and a rather generously sized one at that. You could see how they would have entered the home, and how it related to the other buildings in the school.

Sherborne School gate

Sherborne School gate

All in all Sherborne was a lovely town. The Abbey and school were of course highlights, but the whole town was nice. The main areas are not so built up, no McDonald’s or Starbucks in sight. It felt like an English town, as the stereotypes would have you expect. I would love to visit again.

Posted in England, Family History, Genealogy | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Family Places Tour, Pt 2, Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk, 2014

Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk, 2014

Felbrigg Hall

Felbrigg Hall

Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk, near Cromer, was the family home of the Windham family. William Windham II inherited the house in 1749 when his father Ashe Windham died. Now owned by the National Trust, the house retains a lot of the characteristics and features of William’s time there. On his inheritance he undertook a fair amount of renovation on the building, and he used the building’s walls to hang the vast number of pictures he seems to have bought on his grand tour.

The Grand Tour spoils!

The Grand Tour spoils!

It was a lovely home, and home is the right word to use, because despite its grand scale and lavish decoration, Felbrigg feels more like a home than a great many country houses that I have seen over the years.

Elizabeth Windham, William II’s illegitimate daughter, was raised by him, and lived here with her father and the rest of the family. In Ketton-Cramer’s book on Felbrigg, he quotes a passage from a letter by a family friend who spent a Christmas there, about being entertained by Elizabeth and her step-sister. It captured a truly domestic moment, and points to Elizabeth living apparently on equal terms with the legitimate children of the household.
In the dining room there are a number of portraits of family members which hange on the walls. It is an odd feeling to stand there and see these silken and bewigged people and realize that they are really and truly related to me. It is very unreal and slightly odd. Of course my cousin Susan and I had to pose under a photo of Ashe Windham, our mutual 8 times great grandfather. There isn’t much of a resemblance really. I am not sure if this is good or bad, because he might have been handsome under all that hair.

Any family resemblance?

Any family resemblance?

The house itself is not that large, and most of the rooms on the main floor are open. There are several rooms on the second floor where the bedrooms are that are closed, but in total there aren’t that many places to sleep. (The floor plan was pretty helpful) I am totally mystified as to which room Elizabeth slept in. Did she share with her step-sister?

I absolutely fell in love with William Windham III’s library. Oh the lovely books and the places available to coze up and read! There was even a small hidden room behind a bookcase to take a wee, if you were taken short. Seriously, if you plan a library to include a place for pit stops, you intend to linger long hours there.

While at Felbrigg we also went to see the church on its grounds. A great many ancestors were buried here. It is a lovely little church which retains the old style pews, with the high walls and doors. It was charming.

Felbrigg Church

Felbrigg Church

Posted in England, Family History, Genealogy | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Finding the Faces, Pauline Family at Tod House, Victoria, 1889-91 Pt2

The second image of the family at the BC Archives is entitled “WS Goodwin Wedding” (B-02795). I stumbled on it, because as the title suggests, it is not clearly associated with the Paulin(e) family. Bessie Pauline married William Starr Goodwin on the 2 October 1889, so that dates the image definitively. It was clearly taken at Tod House where Bessie’s parents Frederick and Mary Pauline lived.


I have numbered the people, and have tried to identify those I know. I must say, until I was sure of the date (from their marriage certificate) I was sure the little baby (no 7) was Irene Paulin, but she would have been only a few months old, and her older sister Dorothy had already passed on. I was forgetting the Victorian habit of dressing the very young boys like girls- by the age- it was Harold. Again all assistance gratefully appreciated.

b_02795 with numbers

1. ?
2. ?
3. ?
4. Emma Jane Paulin nee Jennings (1866)
5. ?
6. Ernest Alfred Paulin (1864)
7. Harold Paulin (1888)
8. John Paulin (1877)
9. ?
10. Violet or Sally Paulin
11. Mary Pauline nee Cutler (1836)
12. ?
13. Frederick Paulin(e) Sr (1831)
14. ?
15. ?
16. ?
17 ?
18. William Starr Goodwin (1867)
19. Bessie Goodwin nee Paulin (1868)
20. ?
21. ?
22. ?
23. ?
24. ?

Posted in 19C, Canada, Family History, Genealogy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Finding the Faces, Pauline family at Tod House, Victoria 1889-92 Pt 1

The British Columbia Archives have two pictures of the family taken at the historic Tod House, which they owned until 1925. The first image is entitled “Three Generations of the Pauline Family at Tod House” (A-08840).


I am trying to identify all of the people in the image, so I have, below a numbered version of the image, and my best guesses as to who is pictured. I ask anyone vaguely related, who recognizes their kin in the image to contact me so I can add more names to this picture. I have also tentatively dated this photograph to 1891 from the estimated ages of the children of Ernest and Emma Paulin, from whom I am descended, and have many more images of these people.

a_08840 with numbers

1. ?
2. ?
3. Frederick Pauline Jr (1861)
4. Charlotte Mary Pauline (nee Mesher) (1862)
5. Frederick Charles Pauline (1891)
6. ?
7. ?
8. ?
9. ?
10. ?
11. ?
12. Irene Belle Paulin (1889)
13. Ernest Alfred Paulin (1864)
14. Emma Jane Paulin (nee Jennings) (1866)
15. Gladys Paulin (1891)
16. Harold Paulin (1888)
17. ?
18. ?
19. Marion Paulin (1875)
20. John Paulin (1877)
21. ?
22. Mary Paulin (nee Cutler) (1836)
23. Frederick Paulin(e) Sr (1831)
24. Sally Paulin (1874)
25. Nellie Paulin (1879) ?

Posted in 19C, Canada, Family History, Genealogy | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment