By Lilian F. Gates
This entire ebook on William Lyon Mackenzie’s later lifestyles focuses first at the interval 1838-1849, Mackenzie’s years in exile within the usa. It examines his contribution to the yankee political scene, together with his position in writing the structure of the kingdom of recent York. The e-book additionally chronicles Mackenzie’s lifestyles from 1849, whilst he was once granted amnesty and back to Canada, to his loss of life in 1861. during this, the single complete examine Mackenzie’s existence, Lillian Gates bargains a meticulous account of 1 of Canada’s liveliest 19th century politicians.
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136 Mackenzie differed from Van Rensselaer not only about the command of the expedition but about the policy to be followed. He did not want the men to leave French Creek as a body, but to cross as individuals and to be organized in Canada. In that way he thought the provisions of the Act of 1818 would be evaded. " ^ One hundred and fifty men from the American side, he was convinced, would be adequate with the forces he expected to join him in Canada. E. "141 Despite the abundance of supplies, less than 100 men followed first Van Rensselaer and second Daniel Heustis over the ice to Hickory Island on the evening of the 22nd.
Van Rensselaer claimed that Mackenzie agreed to his proposals except that he preferred to go to Lower Canada instead of to Albany. Mackenzie, on the contrary, states that he refused to accept Van Rensselaer's stipulations and again urged him to join the force in the west so as to draw the attention of the British to the Detroit frontier. Van Rensselaer did not go. 130 The whole of the American frontier from Buffalo to Plattsburgh was 29 now clear. There were no garrisons of importance on the Canadian side; the greatest number of men in Fort Henry and Kingston was thought to be only 300 militia, many of them friends of the Patriot cause prepared to spike the guns and open the gates.
In the Watertown version he referred to a meeting of 12 leading Reformers in November 1837 at which rebellion had been decided upon and at which an "Executive in the city" (Toronto) was named. He disclosed that it was the "Executive" who had changed the date of the uprising to the 4th. Mackenzie now prefaced the republication of his narrative with additional material and named the "Executive" — Dr. John Rolph. Rolph denied this honour. There had been no such gathering at which he had been appointed executive.
After the Rebellion: The later years of William Lyon Mackenzie by Lilian F. Gates