A City in the Making: Progress, People and Perils in by Frederick H. Armstrong

By Frederick H. Armstrong

A urban within the Making examines certian of the occasions that came about within the 19th century Toronto, paying specific cognizance to those that carved a thriving city out of the frontier publish that used to be town of York. (1989)

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In the earlier years of the town, some merchants had claimed to be specialist dealers, but by 1830 large, sound businesses were making their appearance, such as Watkins & Harris hardware and the printing and publishing firm operated by Henry Rowsell. There were also a great variety of minor concerns: silversmiths, book stores, druggist's, hatters, even a cigar store and a used-clothing shop. Many of these businesses, of course, were ephemeral, but others were to grow and play a leading role in the city for decades.

For the earliest periods of Toronto's history a great deal of work has already been done, beginning with Canon Henry Scadding's Toronto of Old in 1873. The city's origins in the French regime were examined by Percy J. Robinson in 1933, and events in the Town of York from the 1790s to early 1820s have also attracted many writers. It is to the next major period in the history of the city that this chapter is directed—the few years after 1825 which saw the village of York turn into the thriving city of Toronto.

Gibson and his young man had returned, but he still had received no money. This letter was followed on Nov. 1 by another providing a report on progress to date, including a comment that since the fall of the land from the Ridges to Lake Ontario was 723 feet, the railway would have to descend 33 feet per mile for the 22 miles. He concluded, "I have not been able to pay the men and am now nearly 2 weeks in arrear. B. 7 Meanwhile, Gibson had resigned, and Roy discovered that that worthy's surveys were inaccurate: 55 I took the leveling books as left by Mr.

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