By Patrick Brode
John Beverley Robinson (1791–1863) was once certainly one of top Canada’s leading jurists, a dominating impact at the ruling élite, and a number one citizen of nineteenth-century Toronto who owned an unlimited tract of land on which Osgoode corridor now stands.
The loyalists had based a colony company in its devotion to the Crown, with little room for dissent. As a real loyalist son, knowledgeable by way of John Strachan, Robinson tried to lead top Canada towards emulation of what he seemed to be Britain’s perfect aristocratic society.
As a tender ensign within the York military, he defended his sovereign at Queenston Heights, and as appearing attorney-general he prosecuted traitors who threatened to undermine the colony. Later, as attorney-general and de facto chief of the meeting throughout the 1820s, he attempted to mildew the govt to the British shape. yet elements he by no means understood—the impact of yankee democracy and liberalism within the Colonial Office—ensured that top Canada may by no means be a ‘new Albion.’
Robinson was once appointed leader justice in 1829, and his judicial profession spanned thirty-three years, in which he insisted the courts have been subservient to the legislature and demonstrated precedents mentioning their function may be constrained to the enforcement of current legislation, with out self reliant artistic functionality. His lengthy provider at the bench represented either a maintenance and a strengthening of the British culture in Canadian law.
In this biography, early Toronto comes alive throughout the eyes of a robust man—firm in his ideals, beautiful to ladies, revered through his fellows—who sought to mildew society to his personal beliefs. For historians, attorneys, and scholars of jurisprudence who search an realizing of the roots of felony perform in nineteenth-century Ontario, it truly is crucial reading.
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