||Black ink on white paper. The crest features a white lion passant reguardant with black spots standing on the top portion of a stone castle tower. The tower sits on a crest-wreath. The shield is divided per cross. Around the shield is a curling border with leafy adornments and spirals on the sides. The border is thicker on the left, right, and bottom portion. The border does not cover the entire shield; there are gaps at the top left and right corners and at the center of the base. The top left and bottom right sections of the shield are identical. They have a black and white striped background and are charged with a white chevron decorated with black dots. They are also charged with three white fleur-de-lis, two over one around the chevron. The top right and bottom left sections of the shield are also identical. They have a white background with black dots and are charged with a black lion rampant reguardant. Below the shield, the motto is printed on a ribbon with leafy ends that match the shield’s decorative border. The motto is printed in capitalized, black, serif font. The bookplate owner’s name is printed underneath the motto in thin, sentence-case, black, cursive font; Heraldic; Ownership.
||Handwritten note on verso: “Montreal [Presbyterian?] / [Minister?]
John Jenkins was a Methodist and Presbyterian clergyman and author. He was born on December 5, 1813 in Exeter to John Jenkins and Mary Evans. He married Harriet Shepstone in 1837 and the couple had 7 children before her death in 1875. Jenkins married his second wife, Louisa Mary MacLennan, in 1877.
Jenkins studied at Redford College in Exeter and King’s College in London before going to Wesleyan Theological Institution in Richmond (London) between 1835 and 1837. While at the Institution, he studied under John Hannah.
Jenkins was ordained in 1837 and immediately went to Mysore, India with the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society of London, He was sent home was an invalid between 1841 and 1842. In 1842 he began ministering in Malta, where he stayed until 1844. After Malta, he had a pastorate in Cornwall between 1844 and 1847.
Jenkins then moved to Montreal to become minister at Great St James Methodist Church, where he gained a reputation as an eloquent preacher and public lecturer.
His congregation faced financial difficulties and though Jenkins fundraised in Britain and the United States, the difficulties continued. He lost several members when the British Weslayan Methodists in Lower Canada split into three circuits.
Jenkins was also involved in a three-man delegation of British clergy in Canada to negotiate the transfer of the British Conference’s control of Lower Canada to the Canada Conference.
Jenkins spoke out against Catholic doctrines in 1853 during the papal aggression controversy. His lectures were published as A Protestant’s appeal to the Douay Bible, and other Roman Catholic standards, in support of the doctrines of the Reformation, which went through several editions. Jenkins also introduced the Italian revolutionary Alessandro Gavazzi’s speech at the Zion Church, which led to a riot. Jenkins later received a $1,000 gift from the members of his congregation after the District Meeting, Canada East District, of the British Wesleyan Methodist Church in Canada commended Jenkins for standing against Romanism.
In the fall of 1853, Jenkins moved to Philadelphia, where he ministered for a Presbyterian church. During this time, he spent 10 years co-editing the Presbyterian Quarterly Review (Philadelphia). He found it challenging to be an Englishman in Philadelphia amidst the continuing aftermath of the American Civil War so he returned to England in 1863, joining the English Presbyterian Church. He moved to Montreal later that same year.
On June 27, 1865, Jenkins was inducted as minister of St Paul’s Church, one of the largest congregations in Montreal with connections to the Church of Scotland. St Paul’s was auctioned off as commercial property in 1866 and a new edifice was built on Rue Dorchester.
In 1869 and 1878, Jenkins was elected as moderator of the Montreal-Ottawa Synod. In 1878 he was also elected moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Between 1876 and 1881 he was the convener of the General Assembly’s committee on the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Jenkins was also publishing sermons, lectures, and biographies of ministers between 1853 and 1885.
Outside of his church duties, Jenkins was also interested in education. He served as chairman of Montreal’s Protestant Board of School Commissioners between 1866 and 1878. He was also a member of the corporation of McGill College, a trustee of Queen’s College, and president of the Literary Club in Montreal.
Jenkins received an honorary DD by the College of the City of New York in 1859. In 1879, McGill gave him an lld and made him a governor’s fellow for his service to education.
In the winters, Jenkins suffered from bronchitis. He retired from St Paul’s in 1881 with an allowance of $2,000 a year. He preached occasionally until 1887 and was a member of the Presbytery of Montreal until 1891. He spent his last years in England. Jenkins died on April 12, 1898 in Dulwich (London), England and was buried in Norwood Cemetery, London.