Item MS-2-36, SF Box 16, Folder 8 - Sermons of Reverend Peter De LaRoche

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Sermons of Reverend Peter De LaRoche

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MS-2-36, SF Box 16, Folder 8

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  • [ca. 1771]-[ca. 1781] (Creation)

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2.5 cm of textual records : The volume contains sermons hand-written in ink, unpaginated and loosely bound in glued paper layers. The 1933 cataloguing number from Dalhousie College Library is written on the spine.

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Reverend Peter De LaRoche (ca.1752-1795) was a French protestant, educated in Geneva and ordained by the Bishop of London in 1771. He came to Lunenburg as a Society for the Propagation of the Gospel missionary and became the rector of St. John's Church in 1771, at which time he reported that his congregation consisted primarily of English-speaking Germans. In 1773, he founded a school for the French at Lunenburg. He himself studied German, and by 1775 he was able to officiate in three languages.

While in Lunenburg he published several sermons and a commentary on the four gospels, which he had printed at his own expense, to be given away to his congregation. He was married ca. 1772 to a woman named Anna (ca.1752-1772), with whom he had three children, including Francklin Bulkley Gould who was baptized on May 27, 1773. The baptism entry indicates that Francklin was the first child in the province innoculated for smallpox.

De LaRoche left Lunenburg ca. 1786 and moved first to Manchester, Nova Scotia and then to Guysborough in 1787, where he passed away in 1795 at age sixty-three.

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The records were accessioned by Dalhousie University Archives in 1970. Prior to that, the materials had been donated to Dalhousie College Library in 1933 as part of the Edwards Collection.

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Item is one bound volume of hand-written sermons preached in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia ca. 1771-1781.

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There is some bleed-through and fading of the ink, particularly on the page edges. The cover is fragile.

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Public domain. Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room.

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See MS-2-25 (Seven sermons of Reverend William Ellis) for contemporaneous writings from another early Society for the Propagation of the Gospel missionary to Nova Scotia. For additional sermons, see Sermon by Joseph Outram (MS-2-61) and Anonymous German sermon (MS-2-65).

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