From: "Montreal History and Gazeteer to the year 1892"
By Rev. J. Douglas Borthwick, John Lovell & Son, Montreal 1892

Was born in London, England, April 27th, 1784; was a graduate of the Royal College of Surgeons, London, England, and practised extensively in Scarboro and London.  He came to America in 1821, and practised in Washington, District of Columbia, but he abandoned the practice of Medicine for the more congenial pursuits of general literature and elocution, and many of the American orators, notably Charles Sumner and Wendell Phillips, were his pupils in Harvard and Yale Universities.  In 1843, he became warmly interested in Homoeopathy, and for ten years practised it successfully in Montreal.  His maternal grandfather died at eighty, and it was his earnest wish to attain the same age, and he was eighty years and two weeks when he died May 11th, 1864, at Knowlton, Quebec.

His two daughters were well-known. The oldest married the late Judge Dunkin, a man of distinguished learning, and one of the most prominent workers of Montreal in his day.  She died a few weeks ago.  The other Miss Barber seeds no pen of mine to commend her to the public. The amount of good which she has accomplished in Montreal in her Sheltering Home, her
Rooms for Girls, and many other things, will ever remain a beacon of her work.   The writer well remembers the father when associated with him in the old High School, and Barber's method of Elocution, then in vogue, was one of the most interesting lessons the youth of Montreal learned.

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