Copies or Extracts of Correspondence Relative to the Affairs of British North America


Copies or Extracts of Correspondence Relative to the Affairs of British North America

DURHAM, John George Lambton

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  • Publisher: Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be Printed
  • Edition: n/a
  • Date Published: 1839
  • Place Published: London
  • ISBN: n/a


  • Condition: Good
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  • Details:
    vi, 400 p. Rebound in attractive blue cloth with leather spine label. Damp stains and ink stains along fore edges. New end papers. Rear hinge repaired. Rough edges and small tears. Intermittent stains from tucked in leaves, especially page 44-45. Spot from 186-9. Page 327 is bumped and torn about 1/2 inch in at the bottom fore-edge. This is the second and much larger volume that accompanied Lord Durham's famous Report. Much correspondence from Lord Durham who replaced Sir Francis Bond Head as Lt. Governor of Northern Canada following the 1837 Rebellion. Much on the aftermath of the rebellion & relations with the United States. It consists of 105 letters from Lord Glenelg, dated between Feb. 19, 1838 - Jan. 25, 1830 in regards to Lower Canada; 91 letters from Sir J. Colborne and the Earl of Durham, also respecting Lower Canada between Jan. 24, 1838 - Jan. 8, 1839; 22 letters from Lord Glenelg between May 22, 1836 - Feb. 2, 1839 regarding Upper Canada; 41 letters from Sir C. Arthur, between March 23, 1838 - Jan. 4, 1839, also about Upper Canada; together with documents from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward's Island, and Newfoundland; in all, 269 despatches. Sir F. Head addressed a letter to Lord Melbourne on Feb. 13, 1839 containing objections against three paragraphs of Lord Durham's Report, headed "Proceedings of Sir Francis Head - Failure of Result aimed at by Sir Francis Head - Real Result of Sir Francis Head's Policy - Legislature does not possess sufficient popular Confidence Exasperation of the People." Head's objections were based on the following sentence in Durham's report which read: "In a number of other instances, too, the elections were carried by the unscrupulous exercise of the influence of the government." Sir Francis informed Lord Melbourne that he noticed with extreme surprise that his lordship and colleagues should have deliberately advised her Majesty to lay before both Houses of Parliament a report containing the paragraphs alluded to, when her Majesty's Government knew perfectly well that they were, and long had been, in possession of dispatches from him (Sir F. Head,) containing unanswerable evidence of the series of misstatements which these paragraphs contain. Head continued in his objection: "I conceive that Her Majesty's Government have made it unavoidably necessary that, without a moment's delay, I should vindicate myself; and I have, therefore, the honour to inform your lordship that I shall this day send to the press documents which will enable the British public to form their own judgment, not only on the policy which has been pursued by Her Majesty's Government in the British North American colonies, but on the -- recommendations which are contained in the elegantly written document which has assailed me." (The Hobart Town Courier, Friday June 28, 1839). Includes references to the 1837 Rebellion in Canada.

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