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Reverend Robert James Roberts Diary 1894 (A/E/R54/R54 1894)

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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N W Wind January Monday 1 1894

Up about (?) (?) (?) (?) (?) got (?) (?) Robbie Allens dad is (?) (?) (?) after breakfast (?) (?) (?) (?) went in (?) (shorthand?) (shorthand?) to meet Harbour Whitehorse? (?) (?) (shorthand?) Vancouver. (?) Miss Greaves is (?) here (?) (?) is (?) (?) (?) with her (foot?) Last night there was frost this morning (?) (?) (?) (?) H E Donald (sport?) (card?) (shorthand) (?) (?) Coast (?) (?) Washington. DC Lucy Wilson (?) (floor?) I had 3 hours work clearing in No6 Bush. When I came back home the (Sloop?) had returned whitehouse (arrived?) (? ? ? ? shorthand) (studied?) (some?) (?) read a few chapters of (?) (?) (?) winds seems to be blowing from S.W. tonight, and it (?) (?) (cold crossed out) cool. Past midnight (?) (?) (?) went to bed

Frost January Tuesday 2 1894

In (?) (shorthand) (bush?) 2 or 3 hours clearing Robbie hauled alder. (?) (?) (?) (?) went (shorthand) (?) (shorthand) (Greaves?) brought her (?) (shorthand?) (?) (?) (?) (?) (?) (?) (?) (?) (?) (?) (shorthand?) (?) Bill of Sale of (shorthand?) wrote journal for (?) (?) for (?) 2 months My left eye is not quite well yet. Sharp frost last night (?) (?) tonight (?( (?) "attack" in the parish today, but I got over it, thanks (?) (?) God.

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