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Re: Ontario and the 1837 Rebellion
There was a two volume book written about the Rebellion of 1837 in the
1880's of which I have a copy.
I would check the Toronto Reference Library or the National Library website
for what other books were written on that event.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Toni Sinclair" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2000 12:20 PM
Subject: Ontario and the 1837 Rebellion
> On a different note, does anyone know of a good website or source of
> information regarding Wiliam Lyon Mackenzie's Rebellion? In Toronto
> this weekend, I found a great book called "The Pioneers of Old Ontario"
> W.L.Smith. In speaking of the area near "Boston Mills" (near Toronto,
> and I think also called "The Scotch Block")
> "When the Rebellion came, it was real civil war, one neighbour watching
> There were no actual conflicts in thes neighbourhood between the rival
> factions, but fighting was narrowly averted on some occasions. CAPTAIN
> SINCLAIR had a party of Mackenzie's partisans in his home at Cheltenham,
> when they were surprised and taken prisoners by the company under
> command of my father. Most of the arms of Sinclair's men were stacked
> in the middle of the room...
> Certain it is, at least, that nowhere in the Upper Canada of that day
> did the champions of responsible government receive stouter support than
> in The Scotch Block, and when hope of securing redress by agitation
> seemed at an end, The Block contributed its quota to those who stood
> ready with Lyon Mackenzie to give the final proof of fidelity to a cause
> held more important than life itself. It is not sprprising that a son
> of the man who gave the site for "Old Boston" was among the prisoners
> confined in Fort William Henry after the collapse of the rising of
> 'thirty-seven. "
> Its an interesting part of history that I probably missed while
> daydreaming through my schoolday history classes. I know Mackenzie was
> a newspaper publisher who strongly rebelled against the "Family
> Compact", and their governance of Upper Canada by
> absolute rule in the early 1800s. I have some family stories that say
> that our Neil Sinclair's eldest son John was for some time a captive
> after the Rebellion. He came to Canada in '33, and although he later
> settled elsewhere, he did have family in the area of Boston Mills.
> Any help out there?
> Toni S.
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