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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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I sat up last night till 12. At midnight I heard the booming of j___, big a little, one of them aims _____ sharp look of a rifle ____ by on this inland, ____ ___ the annual of this so ____, I am alone in my home on Keeper Island _____for a year. Lap named Jhoido, who was some of bod at at a sack home. I used a part of the of the Epiltos of __ Selie of ____ my best at 1PM but I did not feel al all well at 5PM. I work up a bodily rain + hads touch of Rhe___ a___ in my left knee. Sat up at once + made___ is ____ steady + a___ 6 of the jap had a cup of coffee for me, may he a Canteuanau be of he cant live for ever. The years have fled ___ fast and ____ I'll see, o___ until may Tap by God's good will his s___ in heaven above. Let me this hope and become Him still who is so full of love.

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