|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.]
Author Bio for Scadding, Henry, Rev
Henry Scadding (1813-1901) was a Canadian historian and clergyman. He was born in England and came to Upper Canada as a child in 1818. He was ordained in 1837 and he worked as a priest at St. James church in Toronto. Other than his religious affiliation, Scadding's main interest was in history and especially that of his home town, Toronto. He is known for such books as Toronto of Old and A History of the Old French Fort at Toronto. While Scadding's books were what some might call the "Good Parts Version" of history, avoiding tales of scandal and intrigue, he is notable for providing a glimpse of early Toronto history. (Dictionary of Canadian Biography)
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