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George W. Hodgson archives
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George Wright Hodgson was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, on 15 January 1842, the son of Daniel Hodgson and Mary Cambridge Wright and younger brother of Edward Jarvis Hodgson. George was baptized on 24 August 1842 in St. Paul's Anglican Church in Charlottetown.
George studied at King's College in Windsor, Nova Scotia, becoming a firm supporter of the Anglo-Catholic Oxford Movement. He was the first Reverend of St. Peter's Cathedral, in Charlottetown, in 1869; the church had been built in 1867 and held its first service, under his direction, in 1869.
George married Gertrude Magdalene DesBrisay on 4 March 1884. He died on 20 July 1885 at the age of 43 and is buried at the St. Peter's churchyard in Charlottetown.
The George W. Hodgson Archives are part the backlog of records held by St. Peter's Cathedral Church, which were relocated from the church bell tower to the church basement in and then moved into a purpose-built archival room. The records had been stored in boxes and bags at one point and original order was lost.
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The archives consist of personal and church-related records created or received by George W. Hodgson in his capacity as rector of St. Peter's Cathedral Church. Series include: certificates, correspondence, diaries, notes and sermons, printed communications and addresses, and records of personal and life events.
The archives include the following files and items, described in more detail in the finding aid:
-- Appointment of G. W. Hodgson as Deacon, Admission of Holy Orders, 11 June 1865 (File 1)
-- Appointment of George W. Hodgson to Parish of Falmouth, Nova Scotia, 12 June 1865 (File 2)
-- Appointment of George W. Hodgson to Parish of St. John, Lunenburg, 24 December 1866 (File 3)
-- Appointment of George W. Hodgson as Chaplain, St. Peter’s, 25 May 1869 (File 4)
-- Admission of George W. Hodgson to Incumbency of St. Peter’s, 29 June 1873 (File 5)
-- Appointment of George W. Hodgson as Priest Incumbent St. Peter’s, 3 August 1873 (File 6)
-- Rev. George W. Hodgson Diary 1871-1872 (File 7)
-- George W. Hodgson Diary 1880, 19 January 1880 – 31 March 1880 (File 8)
-- “G.W. Hodgson’s Notes on a Trip 1882-3”, 19 April 1882 – 29 October 1883 (describing a trip from Charlottetown to other parts of Prince Edward Island and to London, England) (File 9)
-- George W. Hodgson Notes and Reflections, 1 February 1885 – 29 March 1885 (File 10)
-- George W. Hodgson correspondence, 1867-1885 (see below for further details about correspondence) (File 11)
-- George W. Hodgson notes for confirmation classes, 1871-1885 (File 12)
-- George W. Hodgson, “Notes of Conversations with Candidates for Conversion 1883-1884” [1885?] and "The Sevenfold Gift: Notes for Confirmation Classes, by Rev. George W. Hodgson" (Toronto, Church Book Room, 1915) (File 13)
-- Confirmation Register, 1869-1877 (File 14)
-- Register of communicants (File 15)
-- Printed communications and addresses, 1869-1885, n.d. (File 16)
-- George W. Hodgson death, funeral, and memorial records, 1885, 1886, 1888, 1911, 1916, n.d. (File 17)
The file of correspondence includes the items listed below:
Item 1: from J. C. [English?], Halifax, to G. W. Hodgson, Charlottetown, 11 December 1868, re: church paper?
Item 2: from J. C. [English?], Halifax, to G. W. Hodgson, Charlottetown, 12 December 1868, re: names for a committee of management
Item 3: from T. Haviland, Charlottetown, to G. W. Hodgson, Charlottetown, 17 December 1872 , re: a gift of lamps for the chancel
Item 4: from Church Wardens and Vestry, Charlottetown, to G. W. Hodgson, Charlottetown, 23 July 1877, re: vote of thanks to G. W. H. and John Ellis for fitting the interior of the church
Item 5: from [?], Halifax, to G. W. Hodgson, Charlottetown, 11 September 1879, re: Lieutenant Governor’s certificate
Item 6: from [?], Halifax, to G. W. Hodgson, Charlottetown, 20 [January?] 1880, re: statement of investments requested
Item 7: from [?], Halifax, to G. W. Hodgson, Charlottetown, 6 April 1880, re: disappointment with G. W. H. re: sacramental character of marriage
Item 8: from J. G. MacGregor, Dalhousie College, Halifax, to G. W. Hodgson, Charlottetown, 11 January 1884, re: whether King’s College should move to Halifax or Dalhousie should move to Windsor
Item 9: from G. W. Hodgson, Charlottetown, to Horace Haszard Esq., Charlottetown, 21 January 1885, re: Canada Temperance Act, elections (transcribed)
Item 10: from G. W. Hodgson, Charlottetown, to Leo Davidson, Charlottetown, 16 February 1885, re: stopping the paper delivery (letter is from Hodgson’s copy book)
Item 11: from G. W. Hodgson, Charlottetown, to Messrs Pitcairn, Charlottetown, 16 February 1885, re: a shipment of stained glass (letter is from Hodgson’s copy book)
Item 12: from G. W. Hodgson, Charlottetown, to J. A. McLean, Charlottetown, 21 January 1885, re: Canada Temperance Act, elections (transcribed)
Item 13: from G. W. Hodgson, Charlottetown, to J. A. McLean, Charlottetown, 24 January 1885, re: Canada Temperance Act, elections (transcribed)
Item 14: from G. W. Hodgson, Charlottetown, to J. A. McLean, Charlottetown, 8 January 1885, re: whether King’s College should move to Halifax or Dalhousie should move to Windsor (22 page letter from Hodgson’s copy book)
Item 15: from G. W. Hodgson, Charlottetown, to Murray [Hodgson?], Charlottetown, 9 March 1885, re: new college in Halifax, funds (transcribed)
Item 16: from G. W. Hodgson, Charlottetown, to L. H. Davies Esq. M.A., Charlottetown, 9 April 1885, re: imprisonment of P. P. Gillis, Temperance Act (transcribed)
Item 17: from Parishioners of St. George’s, Falmouth, Nova Scotia, to George W. Hodgson, Falmouth, Nova Scotia, 31 December 1866, re: extending thanks for his service as minister on his departure for Prince Edward Island
Item 18: note on voting rights for congregation, >1879, re: “42 Vic. Cap XIX (1879) re: persons entitled to vote at meetings of congregation”
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