July 10th, 1913


July 10, 1913

The First Bishop.

The first Anglican Bishop appointed in British North America was Charles Inglis, who had been inducted rector of Trinity Church, New York, in March, 1780, and on its evacuation by the British was appointed Bishop of Nova Scotia. He kept a diary full of interesting matter relating to the events and people of that period. The diary was borrowed by the Ven. Archdeacon Armitage from Rev. Rupert Inglis, England. A digest of it appears in the last issue of the Archives (Ottawa) report.

The digest from 1775 to 1814 occupies some 80 pages and is made with such intelligent care that no fact of importance to the general reader seems to be omitted. The diary from 1814 on, embracing the work of the second Bishop Inglis, is to appear in the next report. Bishop Charles Inglis’ travels through Acadia and Canada are full of moving incidents, and give a good idea of the state of society and of the country at that date. He built himself a log cabin at Aylesford (Clermont) where his family resided, and where he lived when at home, and permanently during the later years of his life.

In addition to this important matter, the report contains other documents of interest to the Maritime Province people. A journal is published of the expedition under Sir William Phips against Port Royal in 1690; another account of its capture, also two private letters on the subject. The report is printed made by Captain Morris to Governor Shirley in 1749, six years before the removal of the French, upon his survey of lands in Nova Scotia available for Protestant settlers, which presents an accurate state of the various settlements at that period.

Dr. Doughty, the archivist, is to be congratulated on presenting so readable a bill of fare, and one that students of local history will value most highly. – Acadian Recorder.