Extent of Material:
122 p. of textual records.
Biographical Sketch:

Mel Robertson is a graduate in History from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.  He was Clerk to the Vestry and lay delegate of Holy Trinity Church, Burford, Ontario, and author of numerous historical and humorous newspaper articles as well as two books.

Custodial History:
Acquired from Huron College.
Scope and Content:

Fonds consists of a typescript copy of “Saddle and Bible : the letters and reports of, and about the Reverend George S. Petrie, B.A., 1806-1847”.  The author, Mel Robertson, compiled and transcribed correspondence from Rev. Petrie to W.J.D. Waddilove, Bishop John Strachan to Petrie and others, and letters and reports concerning Petrie’s death from an unknown friend to W.J.D Waddilove.  Includes biographical and geneological information about Petrie and his family, brief sketches of William James Darley Waddilove (1785-1859) and Bishop Charles Stewart (“The Stewart Mission”), a note about postal service in Burford and the Cholera epidemic during Petrie’s time. The letters and reports illustrate how Petrie, a Stewart missionary to the London district and first rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Burford, was working to bring the teachings of the Church of England to Upper Canada.



General Notes:

GSA holds other articles and publications of Mel Robertson in the historical library.

Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod Archives.
Personal Names:
Petrie, George S. (George Sutherland), 1806-1847.
Waddilove, William James Darley, 1785-1859.
Strachan, John, 1778-1867.
Corporate Names:
Burford, Ont. Church of the Holy Trinity.
Stewart Mission.
Upper Canada Travelling Mission.
Geographic Names:
Burford (Ont.)
Accession numbers:

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