Brown of The Globe, Statesman of Confederation 1860-1880 by J.M.S. Careless

By J.M.S. Careless

George Brown (1818-1880) used to be the influential editor of the Toronto Globe, the main robust newspaper in British North the United States. He used to be additionally chief of the Liberal celebration, arch-rival of John A. Macdonald, and the statesman who held the major to Confederation at its most important degree. This moment quantity lines the sectional clash that introduced political impasse by way of 1864 and makes transparent Brown’s important functionality find a manner out. It additionally units out in meticulous aspect his profession after leaving celebration club in 1867. This entire two-volume biography of George Brown was once first released in 1959 (volume 1) and 1963 (volume 2). In 1963, Professor Careless got the Governor General’s Award for the entire biography.

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122 He did not expect them to vote out Macdonald, he said frankly: Kingstonians were only aroused now because "your own toes have been trodden on". Yet this should simply bring home to them how much the government had ignored the basic interests and feelings of Upper Canada. And while Orangemen had not been on the side of civil and religious liberty thus far, they now might recognize how these had suffered under a Conservative ministry subservient to Lower Canadian masters for the past six years.

But he is not well posted and too indolent. . 31 In any case, Michael Foley was out of the running, although by a good speech on the address he had "re-established himself somewhat in the confidence of the party". "33 Still further, there was no effective critic of the ministry's vulnerable financial policies; in Brown's absence, Finance Minister Gait would have it all his own way. 35 The dismal picture might have given Brown the satisfaction of seeing how much he was needed; but it was small comfort for him, fretting helplessly in Toronto, to watch the whole session being thrown away.

Lawrence Hall in Toronto, early in October, proved they were not yet mollified. 121 Moreover, in the elections under way that month for a portion of the Legislative Council seats, Reformers made increasing headway in Upper Canada. Malcolm Cameron, for one, gained a Council place, while the Lambton seat he thus vacated in the Assembly was taken shortly afterwards by an old Sarnia friend of Brown's, Hope Mackenzie, Alexander's brother. Meanwhile, the harvest was good; business looked more encouraging, and Brown went down to Both well for several busy weeks.

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