By Frederick H. Armstrong
A urban within the Making examines certian of the occasions that came about within the 19th century Toronto, paying specific awareness to those that carved a thriving city out of the frontier submit that used to be the city of York. (1989)
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9,1838, at the age of thirty-two. His interest is hardly surprising since his firm, Murray, Newbigging & Company, as already noted, was active in the trade of the Lake Simcoe region. The July meeting debated the idea of building either a canal or a railway to Lake Simcoe, to connect with the Lake Huron canal that the Simcoe meeting had already approved. 0 (to be credited against future stock purchases) were received from nineteen individuals. A separate Toronto committee was appointed which included various representatives from both the Lake Simcoe area and the townships between the lake and the city.
Newspapers were important to the growth of the city's influence because most papers of province-wide interest — or hopeful of attaining province-wide interest — tended to locate in Toronto. The Gazette, as noted, had followed the capital from 40 Newark; William Lyon Mackenzie's Colonial Advocate came from Queenston in 1824; Thomas Dalton's Patriot moved from Kingston in 1832; and George Gurnett had relocated his Courier from Ancaster in 1829. Of the two denominational papers, in Upper Canada the Methodist Christian Guardian moved to Toronto and the Anglican Church was sometimes published there.
At the official granting of licenses on January 6,1834, the magistrates of the Quarter Sessions of the Home District, who supervised the government of the area, received requests from only twentynine innkeepers in the town and one in Macaulaytown; but these hardly represented the total number of inns, for the licensing regulations were more often ignored than complied with. In 30 addition to the taverns, general stores sold liquor in measures not less than quart. 18 As the business centre for the western part of the province and seat of the provincial government and law courts, the town naturally possessed its share of wealthy men whose mansions frequently stood on extensive grounds.