The Archives Committee are delighted to announce that a new publication will shortly be ready for purchase.  Details are below.

Ten 1785 Sermons from Robert Addison’s Library

St.Mark’s first rector, the Reverend Robert Addison arrived in July, 1792 with a 1,500 volume library. To the end of his life, he considered these books an important treasure. The collection remains the oldest library in Ontario. In 1862, his grandsons presented the library “To the Rector of St.Mark’s Church, Niagara, And his Successors in perpetuity.”

The librarians, Peter Babcock and Murray Wilcox were intrigued by a manuscript of ten 1785 sermons in the collection and began a careful transcription. Encouraged by the Archives Committee and Susan Peacock, their work of many months now nears completion.

This is an important Canadian document which deserves the greatest respect. Van Huizen, the bookbinder, will print the 200 page text “on 70lb. natural text stock, Smyth sew the text pages, provide marble endpapers, bind & trim to 8-3/8 x 10-7/8 and provide calf leather covers with gold stamped spines.”

We invite interested and supportive individuals, or couples to become patrons of this unique Addison Library publication. Patrons’ names will be listed in the front of the editioned volumes and they will receive their unique copies at a formal reception in St.Mark’s Addison Hall this May.

For further information contact Donald Combe at

Patrons two hundred dollars 


St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Niagara on the Lake 905 468 3123