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Page 54 - A Missionary Trek in Cape Breton

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1988/8/1 (775 reads)
 

upon them to continue steadfast in their Protestant profession, as he knew that they were surrounded by Papists on all hands. At that time there were not any Protestant settlers on the south side of the Bras d'Or Lake, from West Bay to Sydney, a distance of eighty miles, the whole shore being oc? cupied by Romanists; while the north side of the Lake, where are now the settlements of Malagawatch, River Dennis, and Whycogo- magh, is described as a terra incognita. Unless there were a Church of England mini? ster at Sydney, there was not a Protestant minister on the Island. Immediately after preaching he left West Bay on his return home, being anxious to get a passage from the Strait in a vessel, which he expected to pass through on her way to Pictou. On his departure, John Mac? Leod, one of his old acquaintances, offered to accompany him to the Strait, but (Rev. MacGregor) would not allow him. After Mac? Leod had accompanied him a mile or two the Doctor proceeded alone, and on foot; his only guides being the blaze and a pocket- compass. The whole time spent on this mission we know not, but he speaks in one of his let? ters of "six Sabbaths, and some week-day sermons, being all the Calvinistic gospel that ever Cape Breton enjoyed," by which we presume he describes his own two visits. In another place he speaks of having on this visit met persons over twenty years of age that had never heard a sermon. This must have been at Mabou, which had been settled for a longer period than the other places visited. Cape Breton's mag a z i n e SUBSCRIPTIONS ''''"tiaor*"'' 4,ssues(fore,gn) ( Gift Subscriptions Are a Weicome Present - We Mali Anywhere!) BACK ISSUES AVAILABLE: (except Issues 2, 5,19, and 26) Issues 1 to 30 each $1.00 Issues 31 to 38 each $1.75 Issues 39 to 43 each $2.25 Issues 44 to 49 each $2.75 Order Cape Breton Fiddle Music on Cassette Tapes 0 Mike MacDougall (violin) Tim Donovan (guitar) IN CANADA $6.00 (Nova Scotia residents add $0.60 provincial sales tax) OUTSIDE CANADA $7.00 (U.S. currency, please) Mike MacDougall's Tape for Fr. Hector ?? V/inston "Scotty" Fitzgerald House Parties! and 78s (from home tapes made for friends, plus all the unavailable 78 records) IN CANADA $10.00 (N.S. residents add $1.00 provincial sales tax) OUTSIDE CANADA $10.00 (U.S. currency, please) ??( {2) Cape Breton Fiddlers on Early LPs Dan R. MacDonald, Donald MacLellan, Theresa MacLellan, Dan Joe Maclnnis, Johnny Wilmot, & their accompanists IN CANADA $7.00 (N.S. residents add $0.70 provincial sales tax) OUTSIDE CANADA $8.00 (U.S. currency, please) SEND CHEQUE OR MONEY ORDER TO: Cape Breton's MAGAZINE CAPE BRETON • NOVA SCOTLA BOC IHO 54 CapeBreton's MAGAZINE Edited & Published by Ronald Caplan with the help of Bonnie Thompson Paul Cranford Carol Kennedy AUGUST 1988 BUILT TO LAST!
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