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PATTERSON, George, Canadian clergyman, born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, 30 April, 1824. He was graduated at Dalhousie college, Halifax, in 1841, studied at the University of Edinburgh, was ordained to the ministry of the Presbyterian church, and in 1849-'76 was pastor of the congregation at Green Hill, Pictou County, Nova Scotia He established the " Eastern Chronicle" in 1848, edited it for three years, subsequently was in charge of the " Missionary Register of the Presbyterian Church," and in 1860 was joint editor of the "Missionary Record of the Lower Provinces." He was secretary of the board of home missions for several years, a member of the foreign missionary board, and a founder of the fund for the widows and orphans of ministers of the Presbyterian church. He has also engaged in archaeological studies, and made a large collection of the remains of the aboriginal tribes of Nova Scotia. His publications include many essays, pamphlets, and addresses, and " Memoir of Reverend James McGregor, with Notices of the Colonization of the Lower Provinces of British North America" (Philadelphia, 1859): " Memoirs of the Reverend S. F. Johnston, Reverend J. W. Matheson, and Mrs. Mary J. Matheson, with Selections from their Diaries and Correspondence" (Pictou, Nova Scotia, 1864) ; " The Doctrine of the Trinity, underlying the Revelation of Redemption" (Edinburgh, 1870); "History of the County of Pictou" (Montreal, 1877); "Missionary Life among the Cannibals, being the Life of the Reverend John Gedderd" (1882) ; and the" Heathen World" (Toronto, 1884).
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