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Another country, another life : calumny, love, and the secrets of Isaac Jelfs /
J. Patrick Boyer.
imprint
Toronto : Dundurn Press, c2013.
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318 p. : ill.
ISBN
9781459708402 :
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imprint
Toronto : Dundurn Press, c2013.
isbn
9781459708402 :
catalogue key
8885498
 
Also issued in electronic format.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
J. Patrick Boyer, Q.C., is a former Member of Parliament and author of many books, including A Passion for Justice and this book's companion volume, Raw Life, both available from Dundurn. He lives in Muskoka and Toronto.
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This is a compelling life story, in terms of both history and mystery, with a richly drawn context about the fledgling province of Ontario in the early post-Confederation years.
This is a compelling life story, in terms of both history and mystery, with a richly drawn context about the fledgling province of Ontario in the early post-Confederation years. -- The Bracebridge Examiner, Aug 2013
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Summaries
Main Description
James Boyer's impressive life story - editor of the first newspaper in Ontario's northern districts, homesteading farmer, schoolteacher, town clerk of Bracebridge for decades, Methodist choir director, Muskoka district magistrate from 1878 to 1900 - is well documented in books and newspaper features. Behind his noteworthy Canadian life, however, lurked the haunting shadow of another. Isaac Jelfs, a young English clerk, became scapegoat for a Stratford law office scandal. In Birmingham the desperate Jelfs married, believing the older woman was pregnant by him. Unemployed, he tried to start over as a soldier with the Dragoon Guards in the Crimean War. As a deserter who escaped that mad slaughter to New York, he joined a major Broadway Avenue firm, fell in love with another woman, and fled to Canada with her and their love child to begin yet another new life, this time as Muskoka pioneer "James Boyer."
Main Description
James Boyer's impressive life story - editor of the first newspaper in Ontario's northern districts, homesteading farmer, schoolteacher, town clerk of Bracebridge for decades, Methodist choir director, Muskoka district magistrate from 1878 to 1900 - is well documented in books and newspaper features. Behind his noteworthy Canadian life, however, lurked the haunting shadow of another.Isaac Jelfs, a young English clerk, became scapegoat for a Stratford law office scandal. In Birmingham the desperate Jelfs married, believing the older woman was pregnant by him. Unemployed, he tried to start over as a soldier with the Dragoon Guards in the Crimean War. As a deserter who escaped that mad slaughter to New York, he joined a major Broadway Avenue firm, fell in love with another woman, and fled to Canada with her and their love child to begin yet another new life, this time as Muskoka pioneer "James Boyer."
Main Description
James Boyer's impressive life story - editor of the first newspaper in Ontario's northern districts, homesteading farmer, schoolteacher, town clerk of Bracebridge for decades, Methodist choir director, Muskoka district magistrate from 1878 to 1900 - is well documented in books and newspaper features. Behind his noteworthy Canadian life, however, lurked the haunting shadow of another. Isaac Jelfs, a young English clerk, became the scapegoat for a Stratford law office scandal. In Birmingham the desperate Jelfs married, believing the older woman was pregnant by him. Unemployed, he tried to start over as a soldier with the Dragoon Guards in the Crimean War. As a deserter who escaped that mad slaughter to New York, he joined a major Broadway firm, fell in love with another woman, and fled to Canada with her and their love child to begin yet another new life, this time as Muskoka pioneer "James Boyer."
Main Description
James Boyer's impressive life story -- editor of the first newspaper in Ontario's northern districts, homesteading farmer, schoolteacher, town clerk of Bracebridge for decades, Methodist choir director, Muskoka district magistrate from 1878 to 1900 -- is well documented in books and newspaper features. Behind his noteworthy Canadian life, however, lurked the haunting shadow of another. Isaac Jelfs, a young English clerk, became the scapegoat for a Stratford law office scandal. In Birmingham the desperate Jelfs married, believing the older woman was pregnant by him. Unemployed, he tried to start over as a soldier with the Dragoon Guards in the Crimean War. As a deserter who escaped that mad slaughter to New York, he joined a major Broadway firm, fell in love with another woman, and fled to Canada with her and their love child to begin yet another new life, this time as Muskoka pioneer "James Boyer."
Main Description
Quiet Isaac Jelfs led many lives: a scapegoated law clerk in England; a soldier in the mad Crimean War; a lawyer on swirling Broadway Avenue in New York. His escape from each was wrapped in deep secrecy. He eventually reached Canada, in 1869, with a new wife and a changed name. In his new home -- the remote wilderness of Muskoka -- he crafted yet another persona for himself. In "Another Country, Another Life," his great-grandson traces that long-hidden journey, exposing Isaac Jelfs covered tracks and the reasons for his double life.
Main Description
Quiet Isaac Jelfs led many lives: a scapegoated law clerk in England; a soldier in the mad Crimean War; a lawyer on swirling Broadway Avenue in New York. His escape from each was wrapped in deep secrecy. He eventually reached Canada, in 1869, with a new wife and a changed name. In his new home - the remote wilderness of Muskoka - he crafted yet another persona for himself. In Another Country, Another Life , his great-grandson traces that long-hidden journey, exposing Isaac Jelfs' covered tracks and the reasons for his double life.
Main Description
Quiet Isaac Jelfs led many lives: a scapegoated law clerk in England; a soldier in the mad Crimean War; a lawyer on swirling Broadway Avenue in New York. His escape from each was wrapped in deep secrecy. He eventually reached Canada, in 1869, with a new wife and a changed name. In his new home -- the remote wilderness of Muskoka -- he crafted yet another persona for himself. In Another Country, Another Life , his great-grandson traces that long-hidden journey, exposing Isaac Jelfs' covered tracks and the reasons for his double life.
Main Description
Quiet Isaac Jelfs led many lives: a scapegoated law clerk in England; a soldier in the mad Crimean War; a lawyer on swirling Broadway Avenue in New York. His escape from each was wrapped in deep secrecy. He eventually reached Canada, in 1869, with a new wife and a changed name. In his new home the remote wilderness of Muskoka he crafted yet another persona for himself. In Another Country, Another Life , his great-grandson traces that long-hidden journey, exposing Isaac Jelfs' covered tracks and the reasons for his double life.
Main Description
Quiet Isaac Jelfs led many lives: a scapegoated law clerk in England; a soldier in the mad Crimean War; a lawyer on swirling Broadway Avenue in New York. His escape from each was wrapped in deep secrecy. He eventually reached Canada, in 1869, with a new wife and a changed name. In his new home - the remote wilderness of Muskoka - he crafted yet another persona for himself. In Another Country, Another Life , his great-grandson traces that long-hidden journey, exposing Isaac Jelfs's covered tracks and the reasons for his double life.
Main Description
Quiet Isaac Jelfs led many lives: a scapegoated law clerk in England; a soldier in the mad Crimean War; a lawyer on swirling Broadway Avenue in New York. His escape from each was wrapped in deep secrecy. He eventually reached Canada, in 1869, with a new wife and a changed name. In his new home -- the remote wilderness of Muskoka -- he crafted yet another persona for himself. In Another Country, Another Life , his great-grandson traces that long-hidden journey, exposing Isaac Jelfs's covered tracks and the reasons for his double life.
Table of Contents
Escape from New Yorkp. 9
On the Path of the Lawp. 14
Calumny in Stratfordp. 25
Hannah Boyer's Plightp. 32
Crucible of Warp. 41
America's Promisep. 52
New York Double Lifep. 60
Canada Promises Another Lifep. 72
Homesteaders in a New Countryp. 85
First Muskoka Winterp. 93
Opening the Frontierp. 102
Moneyless in Muskokap. 109
Northern Advocatesp. 117
An Editor's Lifep. 128
Paper Warsp. 139
Birth of a Villagep. 147
Movin' in from the Bushp. 158
A Quickening Village Pacep. 166
Powers of the Penp. 181
A Patriot's Refugep. 191
Upholding the Rule of Lawp. 199
Bound Up in Farmingp. 209
Muskoka's Magnetismp. 222
Belated Exonerationp. 237
Life Must Go Onp. 244
The View from Magistrate's Benchp. 252
James Boyer's Last Escapesp. 260
Unrequited Lovep. 273
The Dutiful Sonp. 281
Free and Unshackledp. 289
Exeuntp. 299
Acknowledgementsp. 301
Bibliographyp. 305
Indexp. 309
About the Authorp. 319
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