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Reverend Robert James Roberts Diary 1901 (A/E/R54/R54 1901)

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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January Friday 4 1901

Nixon left after breakfast Perry had made a very good tiller for [?] Julia out of a piece of hickory which he bought in Nanaimo. One of the Tate's sheep lambed in No 2 field but the lamb was dead when Robbie found it. About 4 pm there was an appearance of more snow coming.

I was up this morning long before day light & printed more photos on Velox paper. Finished reading "The Cruise of the Cachelot" by Frank Bullen, First Mate, its is about the voyage of a whaling ship all around the world, & it is extremely interesting and well written. One of the best sea stories I have ever read.

Snowing January Saturday 5 1901

Snowing again until seven 3 sheep had lambs, 2 rams & one ewe - all mine. Perry & R took snow off the building

Perry got up on the house & put oil on the wind vane to prevent it making a weird noise as it used to do on a [illegible] night. Tonight C. Wilson came over and I wrote a letter for him.

Wrote a long letter to Emma Barton. I am sending her a few photos & a small book " Everybody's Medical Guide"

Mail for Austrailia leaves Victoria on the 11th inst & I have a good many letters to write.

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