THIS book does not
pretend to be either a minute biography or a detailed history. It is the
presentation to our countrymen of the various aspects of the work of a
great man who has left his impress upon, several of the important
institutions of our province, and in each case for good. In these
sketches we have made no attempt, except in the first brief Chapter, to
trace the record, either of his personal or public life, or the
development of his character, or the lessons which might be gathered
from the example of his life. We have rather considered his working life
of the makers of Canada, and necessarily with that something of the
great movements of the days in which he lived. The subject is a noble
one and we must acknowledge that we have done it but scant justice.
The volume is the
product of joint labour with my life-long friend and colleague, Dr. A.
H. Reynar. He has specially prepared the first Chapter dealing with the
early life and ministry of Dr. Ryerson, and the eleventh, dealing with
the literary work of Dr. Ryerson.
We must both
acknowledge our constant indebtedness to the indefatigable labours of
Dr. H. George Hodgins, LL.D. The rich storehouse of historic material
which he accumulating in his many works will place all future labourers
in this field under lasting obligations.
With the hope that our
work may prove useful to the thousands who in our schools are now
reaping the advantages of Dr. Ryerson's labours, we commit it to our
fellow-citizens of Ontario.
VlCTORIA COLLEGE, Feb.
Early Life and Ministry
Religion and Politics in Upper Canada in 1826
The Beginning of the Struggle for Equal Rights
A Methodist Press and a Methodist College
Mr. Ryerson in the Political Arena
The University Question
Founding The Common School System
The Development of the School System
The Separate School Question
The Grammar or High Schools
Later Literary Work
Later Church Work and Closing Days