THE REBELS OF HASTINGS
Univerisity of Toronto Press, 1992. Printed cloth. pp (16), 233, . Photos and map in text, index, notes, bibliography. Fine copy without jacket (as issued?) "The Rebellion of 1837 is an early landmark in Upper Canadian history. Most Ontarians know about the dramatic uprising in Toronto, led by William Lyon Mackenzie, but the troubles elsewhere in the province are less understood. Centering her account on Hastings County, Betsy Dewar Boyce explores the events of this period in eastern Ontario. Although generally believed to have been solidly loyal, Hastings had its share of Reformers too, and the region was in fact bitterly divided over a number of issues. The story includes a Patriots' conspiracy to take Kingston, the pirating and burning of a passenger ship on the St. Lawrence, the posting of a hundred-man guard to Belleville, the Battle of the Windmill (near Prescott), conflict between Orangemen and Catholics, and a strange case of bank robbers near Cobourg. More than eighty men of the district were arrested and charged with treason during this period; some spent months in prison. In the end none was convicted, and the identities of those who actually participated will never be certain. Drawing on provincial records, newspapers of the day, and the private papers of families of the area, Boyce reconstructs a turbulent time in Ontario's past, and sheds new light on the history of the province's eastern region." This hardcover issue is uncommon for some reason. Size: Octavo.