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Reverend Robert James Roberts Diary 1892 (A/E/R54/R54 1892)

Missionary, educator, colonist—Robert James Roberts was born in Ireland on December 8, 1831. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1857 then journeyed to North America, arriving in Upper Canada in May of that year. The following year he met Anglican Bishop of Upper Canada Maurice Scollard Baldwin and expressed an interest in serving the Church of England. Roberts was admitted to Deacon’s Orders on December 15, 1858 and acted as a missionary for 20 years. Learn more.

Reverend Roberts often made notes in Pitman’s Shorthand which can be found throughout his journals and diaries. Please see the Pitman's English and Shorthand Dictionary if you would like to attempt a translation.

BC Archives PR-1511 Robert James Roberts fonds, 1845-1905

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Reverend Robert James Roberts Diary 1892 (A/E/R54/R54 1892)

9am R. South [29.77] January Friday 1 1892 12-5 a.m. God be thanks for all His mercies, I and my family are well in the [atlas?]. I am not very [slim?] but I am still able to attend to [unintelligible] to do duty in the Ch. [Militant?]. Terry want yesterday with Mr. [Hauson] and Harvey Sitwell to shoot ducks at the mouth of the Chemanius River, and they were to stay the night at Gibbs - [Robbie], Deena and my Mary "Tutu" are here on Kuper island with me and my dear wife- [Chausson] and Elouway here on a visit - the 2 latter and Robbie sat up once the New Year comes in. I go [now?] to bed praying [to?] the Lord God Our Heavenly Father to watch over [us] and protect us all in this present year of 1892 [or?] for so love as He may spare our unworthy lives. I have just [unintelligible] [the word?] and hoping this New Year by reading a [part?] of the 10th Chapter of St. John's Gospel. 11 p.m. Stormy and wet all day. I have been greatly annoyed by the [book?] Julia with [Paris] [unintelligible] others home for I wanted to send [letters?] of importance to [the] Post - Robbie and [ECorneas?] [fancied?] [unintelligible] shots, but for no good [dwells?] I switched short-hand 1

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