1901 letter Provost of Trinity College, University of Toronto Canada

The Provost of Trinity College is writing to an Engineering student to encourage him to enroll for a L. Th. (Licentiate  of Theology) because  'the need of more men for the Sacred Ministry is very urgent'.

Two page typewritten letter on  letterhead of ‘Trinity College Toronto’ along with coat of arms.

17th July 1901
Thomas J. Colwill Esq.
c/o H.H.B. Calvert Esq
P.O. Box 407 Guelph Ont.
Dear M. Colwill,
It is now some months since we had a talk together about your prospects of entering upon your course for the degree of L.Th. in Trinity University next October, and I am therefore writing to ask you how you are getting on with your studies. I hope you have been making good progress and that you feel encouraged, I hope this both for your own sake and also because the need of more men for the Sacred Ministry is very urgent...I might also add that if you are expecting to come into residence here next term you ought to make arrangements now about your room, as the rooms are now being assigned to students, and soon there will be very few, if any, left. I can give you more information about the rooms if you wish it ...
T.C.S. Macklem

Rev. Thomas C.S. Macklem, Trinity's 4th Provost from 1900-1921, was Trinity’s 1st Canadian-born Provost.

In 1899, there is a Thomas J. Collwill from Guelph listed as a student in Civil Engineering.

Vertical and horizontal folds.

4 pages, 2 with text.

21,50 x 18 cm


The University of Trinity College, known simply as Trinity College, is a college federated to the University of Toronto, founded in 1851 by Bishop John Strachan. Trinity was intended by Strachan as a college of strong Anglican alignment, after the University of Toronto severed its ties with the Church of England. In 1904, Trinity joined the university as a member of its collegiate federation.

After taking office in 1900, provost Thomas C. S. Macklem supported joining the college with the University of Toronto. The matter became hotly contested when Trinity's medical faculty merged with the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1903. After what Macklem described as a "long-drawn and bitter" series of debates, the college voted 121 to 73 in favour of federation with the University of Toronto. The university made a concession to allow Trinity to administer its own examination in religious subjects, which required the university to remove the restriction from its governing charter.