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Memoirs of Lakewood Rectorate: 1885-1892
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Title: Memoirs of Lakewood Rectorate: 1885-1892
Identifier: 2008.13.3a-e
Donor: Unknown
Item Date: 1900
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A five page account written by Rev. R. L. Brydges regarding his rectorship at All Saint's Church from 1885-1892. The memoir is typed on thin white paper with black ink. The first page has the title at the top centre; the subsequent pages contain page numbers in the top centre. The top proper right corner on all pages are heavily creased and torn. "Lakeshore" is handwritten in black ink across the back of the last page.

Memoir written by Reverend Ralph Lionel Brydges (1856-1946) when living in Lakewood New Jersey. He was listed as living in Lakewood when he married Florence Caroline Jarvis on October 7 1886. Born in Chettenham England he came to Canada and was apparently working as a clerk for the Department of Agriculture in Toronto in 1874. In 1879, he studied for the priesthood at Wycliffe College and was ordained as a Deacon in 1881 and priest in 1882. He ministered in various places around the world during his career, including: Toronto, New York, Rome, San Rose, Costa Rica, British Honduras, and Holland. Rev. Brydges enlisted in 1916 as a Chaplain and honorary Captain in the 123 Battalion CEF Royal Grenadiers; he saw active service in Canada, England, and France/Belgium. He retired in 1934 and spent his summers in Toronto and winters in Florida.

There is mention of a scandal that caused him to have to leave from Canada for Rome in 1922. He was also a suspect in a series of murders in Italy between 1924-1927. It is said that influential friends, including upper Church of England connections as well as the Jarvis family in Toronto, are part of the reason he was never convicted of any crime.
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