By Lilian F. Gates
This finished booklet 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 yank 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, while he used to be granted amnesty and again to Canada, to his dying in 1861. during this, the single finished examine Mackenzie’s lifestyles, Lillian Gates deals a meticulous account of 1 of Canada’s liveliest 19th century politicians.
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133 From Ogdensburgh he went to Plattsburgh, accompanied by David Gibson, to consult with the leaders of the French Canadians. After his return a convention of Patriot sympathizers is thought to have been held in St. H. Graham, now informed him that Van Rensselaer had left the Niagara frontier with the avowed intention of supplanting him. He suggested that Mackenzie should use the executive authority with which the refugees and the Patriots resident in Canada had entrusted him to depose Van Rensselaer from the command.
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. 32 Certainly Van Rensselaer believed Rolph had been the chosen executive. Mackenzie also republished an article from the United States Magazine and Democratic Review entitled "History of the Recent Insurrection in the Canadas" which, referring to the change of plans from the 7th to the 4th, said that: 38 The movement [of organizing for revolt], however, went on with the expected success until it was precipitated either by the treachery or the criminal indiscretion of one of their leaders....
10 Henry O'Rielly, editor of the Rochester Daily Advertiser, and a former employer of Mackenzie's son James, was in New York at this time. He sympathized with the Patriot cause and helped Mackenzie to get his paper started,11 on credit, not an easy matter since Mackenzie had left Toronto still in debt to the Bruce Brothers, a New York firm of type founders. George Bruce had him arrested for debt as a non-resident alien. E For a few weeks Mackenzie was able to keep the dark devil of despair from overtaking him.