|Title:||Toronto of Old: Collections and Recollections Illustrative of the Early Settlement and Social Life of the Capital of Ontario|
|Publisher:||Adam, Stevenson & Co.|
|Tags:||Canada, Canadiana, history, non-fiction, Ontario, Toronto|
Scadding’s purpose in writing Toronto of old was to commemorate the city’s first European inhabitants, particularly those with “high moral excellence and great usefulness.” He wrote almost exclusively about members of the ruling or professional classes and the government bureaucracy, as well as about worthy tradesmen and shopkeepers. He wanted to preserve their “characteristic sayings, doings, dress and demeanour”; his emphasis was thus on outward appearance rather than biography or historical significance. He was also uncritical, probably to present the pioneers most favourably, possibly to avoid controversy, as he had avoided it both as a teacher and as a clergyman. Scadding described amusing peccadilloes and harmless eccentricities, but not scandal or wrongdoing. Early Toronto is depicted without want, disease, squalor, or crime.
—Dictionary of Canadian Biography [Suggest a different description.]
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