File 1991.197V-1-17 - Correspondence Between J.J. Maclaren and S.S. Nelles.

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Correspondence Between J.J. Maclaren and S.S. Nelles.

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CA ON00357 2038-1-1991.197V-1-17

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  • 1883-1887 (Creation)

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Maclaren suggests scheme for grand Methodist University with affiliated colleges, discusses possibility of making Victoria a theological college and Victoria's move to Toronto, Nelles asks for meeting with Maclaren, Judge Rose and Dr. Sutherland re: alternatives to federation (suggests only options are federation or independent university at Hamilton, Nelles forwards copy of federation scheme to Maclaren and asks his opinion, discusses proposed plan for affiliation of all Toronto theological schools, Nelles favours federation as long as government meets money question fairly, feels federation not acceptable unless at least some of Victoria's conditions of January 9,1885 are met, Nelles outlines state of negotiations to Maclaren, defines what federation meant to him and importance of Board keeping a united front, letter written by Nelles from England discussing his opposition to federation now that other colleges have pulled out, blames Dewart for being too eager to accept government terms and for relying on Howland's promise of aid, Nelles and Sutherland agree that move to Toronto as independent university not feasible at moment, Nelles prefers small town atmosphere for college, insists that Victoria must be allowed to purchase land at any time at present value, critical of Dewart's willingness to side with government, discussed dissension following General Conference's decision, Dewart and Griffin accusing those who ask for certain conditions to protect Victoria of being disloyal, Sutherland should not become publicly involved as there is still bitter feeling against him due to Church Union, endowment to McMaster, Dewart spreading stories that Nelles speaks unfavourably of federation, objects to amendment to subscription notice allowing people to indicate preference for federation or independence

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