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Reverend Robert James Roberts Diary 1893 (A/E/R54/R54 1893)

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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Mild January 1st Sunday 8 after Epiphany 1893 Addressed Indians on [?m] men coming to Christ Matt 2nd. [?Davidson] interpreted. Sermon to whites from Luke 16=4 "I am resolved what to do" Present L.P.R.D. Wm and about 15 Indians. Geo [?Whenk] Jim [?Sensulten] got dinner chez nous. Robbie and "Doon" took P. to Ch. - going to Victoria - L.D. and Wm went in "jolly" to Tent Island to see Annie [?Whipton] and her baby etc. Wm. here tonight.

Rain all day but not heavy January Monday 9 1893

up at dawn and out to look after sheep. One more young lamb a ram - mine Wm went back to Thetis in the [strikethrough] "Mary" as he wd meet Bessy tomorrow at Cheimanus- So wet not much work could be done outside. Elizabeth came up to get a letter written. I dug some parsnips. and worked at a lot L and Deena came with me to look at the sheep

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