Place Published: Kingston
Publisher: Samuel Harrison
Date Published: 1841
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
A complete letter, 13 x 8 inches, folded to 6-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches, dated Nov. 11 1841 signed SB Harrison. Secretary's office in Kingston to Daniel Lizars Esq. of Goderich.
The 1st Parliament of the Province of Canada was in session from June 15, 1841, to 1843 and Harrison, representing Kingston, Ontario was the joint Premier from Canada East thus this letter written while he held this position.
It's content are about the Proclamation constituting the new Townships and the insertion of Bosanguet is clearly an error that the Township forming part of the Western DIstrict (of Huron). As well comments on the Ashfield and the range of townships to the northward being included in the Proclamation when the act so explicitly constitutes them a portion of the District. He goes on to say he will talk to the Attorney General to get these issues mentioned corrected.
Samuel Bealey Harrison was a lawyer, miller, reformer politician, and a judge of the County of York. He was Joint Premier of the Province of Canada for Canada East from 1841 to 1842 with William Henry Draper PM for Canada West. Draper was a member of the Family Compact and Harrison was a moderate Reformer, the predecessor of the Liberal Party of Canada. In February 1842 he was named one of three directors of the Welland Canal which had been taken over by the government. He also served in the Senate for the University of Toronto.
"One significance of The Act of Union in 1841 was that it precipitated passing of the District Councils Act (1841) in Upper Canada, introduced by Samuel Bealey Harrison, Governor Lord Sydenham's most trusted minister, which even Robert Baldwin, considered the "father of Ont's municipal govt system, admitted was an improvement over his and his father's." "Union of the Canadas: 1841-1958" by JMSCareless, 1967
"Despite his long judicial tenure, Harrison’s brief political career is more significant. Although he kept his position through changing ministries under Sydenham, Bagot, and Metcalfe, his abrupt and voluntary departures first from the Executive Council and then from politics make it clear he was no placeman. The key to his policy would seem to be that though he believed progress towards responsible government both good and inevitable, he understood it could be severely set back by a premature clash with the Colonial Office. If gradual constitutional advance was his aim, he contributed significantly to its achievement. His part in introducing the resolutions of 1841 and in sponsoring the entry into government of Baldwin and La Fontaine in 1842 certainly forwarded responsible government; his role in partially out manoeuvring Baldwin on both these occasions and in contributing to the latter’s defeat in the election of 1844 did much to avert a confrontation with the imperial government until, by 1847, the Colonial Office itself was willing to accept the concept of internal self-government for the Canadas."
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