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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)

S.E. or E. Stormy and wet

January 1st continued

Every now and then I went to the beach to look out for the [Julia] and tonight I feel extremely anxious as they have not returned. I have left a lighted lantern at the boathouse. Perhaps this bad weather has detained them at Gibbs. P [Wickmore] and wife came back from [Thetus] this eve and brought a note from [Muir]

[short hand] --- Sat. 2nd Jan. Kept a sharp lookout all a.m. for the boat. Wind S.E. by S. Came round to 5 when at last we saw the the 'Julia' going fr. [Sitwall] to Chemainus and about 11 or 12 it came round [Blue] Point homeward [as] and on board were Percy, Harvey, [Lou], [Porter] and [Eudor]. It appears that yesterday they want to [unintelligible] or [work] the [laneway]. Mr. [unintelligible] [Porter] Alice T. and [Eudor] to [Sitwall]. [E P] [Eudor] and [Sitwall] stayed here tonight. I was up late at study. After 2 [Robbin] called me as [Eldy] [Conway] had a difficulty in breathing. He had to get up and sit at the dining room

[marginalia] an Indian and a woman [Emma] [for Sholl]

Sat. continued

fire rest of [short hand] Robbie [short hand] him [comfy] and I gave him [chlorodyne]


Sunday 3 [9] a.m. Service at 11.

Present. L. P. DM, [Harvey], [S?? Porter?], [Eudor], [Chanuon], [H. Sitwell], [Had??] and [Euha??] [Wheakwatalou?], [Holeralauno?] [??] wife [?] about 16. Text [E??] [city] - no [interpreter]. In P. in [Deena] went back to [?] [Chaminos] to [Nan?]. [Leo.] P & [Eudor] to [Ch. P.) & [Hanson] took them over in the Julia - this am. Robbie & [Eloway] went in the 'Mary' to Thetis. [??] then went with them to [shorthand?] [Eloway] stayed there [w??] & R came here - H. [Sitwell] then went home - The 'Julia' soon afterwards arrived. This day was bright & mild. I sent letters to post by [Percy] to [Baull?] with [unintelligible] Chq. $125.00 to[Miss] [Clarke] [&] 3 letters I think-

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