The Seventh report from the Select Committee of the House…

The Seventh report from the Select Committee of the House of Assembly of Upper Canada on grievances : to whom were referred Lord Viscount Goderich's despatch, to His Excellency Sir John Colborne, of the 8th November, 1832...

Toronto: M. Reyolds, 1835. Title continues "to which is added, the report from the same committee, on the petition of William Forsyth, late proprietor of the Niagara Falls pavilion, W.L. Mackenzie, Esq. Chairman. Ordered, by the House of Assembly, to be Printed, (2,000 copies) 10th April, 1835". Octavo. pp [2, blank], (2, half-title), (2, title, with General Contents on verso), (6, table of contents), 76 (index), (2, errata), li (committee's report), [1, blank], 372 (minutes of evidence, reports), vi, (report on Forsyth's petition), 26 (Forsyth's petition, evidence), a-y, Sundry Bills (King's College, Education, Leeds Election), [4, blank]. (complete). Ex library, bound in modern brick buckram, spine lettered in white. Small library rubber stamps early and late and on page edges. First blank has a tape stain at bottom and a contemorary ink inscription at top, upon which is the rubber stamped ownership of Egerton R. Young (Egerton Ryerson Young, Canadian author and Methodist missionary, no relation to Egerton Ryerson). half title leaf has a tape stain and large corner clipped at bottom, Young's rubber stamp over an 1860 pencil name, but all text still present. Title leaf is a mess and defective: 2 cm trimmed from fore margin. Ryerson's rubber stamp over the pencil name at top, large piece missing at bottom which has tape stains and some celloptape still present, with loss of some of the last part of the subtitle, and most of "Mackenzie", but imprint just escaped and almost all of General Contents on verso still present. Library rubber stamp present once on verso, twice on recto. Table of Contents has some offset tape staining, but no excision. Small chip, short tears to fore margin of pp xxiii-xxiv repaired with celloptape (no printing lost). A photocopy of a complete title page is laid in. The rest of the text is quite clean and unworn, with very little foxing. The old ink inscription is difficult to decipher because of Young's rubber stamp. It may read "Dr M Gillquist [/] Colborne [/] From his most humble servant M.S.C." TPL 1929. Lande 859. Sabin 10577. Gagnon I-2196. Fleming 892. One of the most important documents in the history of Upper Canada. Written mostly by William Lyon Mackenzie, it outlines the complaints and demands of the reformers who sought a more democratic and responsible government as against the then current stranglehold of the Family Compact (High Tory, Anglican oligarchs) on the governance of Upper Canada. These grievances lead to the Rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada (lead by Mackenzie) and in Lower Canada (lead by Papineau). A very scarce book in the market, this copy is tolerable but for the title leaf.

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