Diary of a Country Clergyman 1848-1851

Diary of a Country Clergyman 1848-1851

Edited by M.E. Reisner
Copyright Date: 2000
Pages: 472
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    Diary of a Country Clergyman 1848-1851
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    A crusty yet diffident Scot, James Reid began his career as a sectarian evangelical missionary. The diary finds him thirty years later as a moderate, if conservative, Anglican clergyman. Through this remarkable document, village routines and intrigues, as well as Reid's circle of friends and his clerical colleagues, come vividly to life. His private reflections on the tensions and growing pains experienced by the colonial church at a formative stage in its evolution, and his reaction to events on the wider political scene, give us valuable insights into his life and the times. Reid was a man of considerable complexity and his foibles and vanities are apparent in his narrative. The glimpses of his home life shed much light on gender relations and the history of the family.

    eISBN: 978-0-7735-6813-6
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [iii]-[vi])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Abbreviations
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Chronology
    (pp. xi-xxvii)
  5. Maps
    (pp. xxviii-xxx)
  6. Preface
    (pp. xxxi-xxxviii)
  7. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xxxix-xl)
  8. Introduction
    (pp. xli-lxxxviii)

    When James Reid embarked, on 14 November 1863, on what would be the final volume of his diary, he began as follows: “I have here commenced a New Book, at the advanced page above set down; and if I who wrote so many would read all, ... O what a volume of useless, worthless senseless things as well as some good reminiscences would be found.” Despite his disparagement of its content, however, there is remarkably little in the diary that could be qualified as useless, senseless or worthless. Sense and utility, in fact, form the pith of most entries. Even...

  9. VOLUME 22
    (pp. 4-58)

    Sunday. Wind and rain in the morning not quite two dozen in the church. In the afternoon it snowed thick and fast. At the present rate of falling it will not be short of a foot on the ground before bed time.

    Though it snowed heavily last night, making good six inches of snow on the ground it did not freeze, but commenced thawing very fast. It is not however all gone at night. We shall have awful roads till we frost enough to harden the mud. I wa[s] all day tinkering at some little things about the premises which...

  10. VOLUME 23
    (pp. 59-172)

    Last night at supper we accidentally heard that Mrs. Hurlbut was very sick. I went down immediately and found her so indeed. Her extremities were as cold as ice, and could not be made otherwise by any application of any stimulant, or by any exertion. It was an inflammation of the Bowels. She was in great distress, but had her senses. I spoke a few words of consolation to her, but as she required, or rather her pain required such application and stir I did not engage in prayer. I came home. James and the girls were preparing for their...

  11. APPENDIX A Excerpt from the Missiskoui Post and Canada Record, 5 August 1835
    (pp. 175-178)
  12. APPENDIX B Biographical sketches of selected local figures
    (pp. 179-242)
  13. APPENDIX C Bibliography of the published writings of James Reid
    (pp. 243-250)
  14. Notes
    (pp. 251-372)
  15. Index
    (pp. 373-386)