By Lilian F. Gates
This complete 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 yankee political scene, together with his position in writing the structure of the kingdom of latest York. The ebook additionally chronicles Mackenzie’s existence from 1849, while he used to be granted amnesty and again to Canada, to his dying in 1861. during this, the one complete examine Mackenzie’s lifestyles, Lillian Gates bargains a meticulous account of 1 of Canada’s liveliest 19th century politicians.
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Begun here as I left off at Toronto... I will not prove traitor on this side of the St. Lawrence to the democratic principles we fondly cherished on the other side. ff Canadian Patriots, however, were less interested in these long run calculations than in the immediate struggle with Great Britain. Mackenzie tried to convince them that British investors in American bank stock and western lands had laid the United States under tribute. 'There are other ways besides fighting to reduce a government under foreign sway," he observed, in words that for Canadians have a very modern sound.
Some subscribers had paid for only four months, some had not paid anything, and some, it soon became obvious, would never pay anything. 49 Although Mackenzie had decided to become an American citizen, he was still determined to give the Patriot cause all the help he could through his Gazette. He would, however, no longer refrain from discussing the political and economic problems of the country to which he was shortly to belong. After all, could a newspaper devoted chiefly to Canadian and British news, yet forbidden to circulate in Canada, flourish on the support of the impoverished Canadians in exile and their American sympathizers?
He could plainly see, however, that the United States would not involve itself in war over Canada before Canadians had demonstrated a determination to achieve their independence. In the meantime he disapproved of further military operations on the frontier. "70 In this realistic appraisal of American sentiment and in this cautious advice from their once impetuous leader, there was little comfort for Patriots. "72 He was ready to believe that experience had opened Marcy's eyes to the defects of the banking system and to the weakness of the New York Safety Fund.