Place Published: Baltimore
Publisher: Niles' The Weekly Register
Date Published: 1812
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
SCARCE EARLY WAR OF 1812 REPORTS ON GENERALS BROCK AND HULL
Original and complete Issue of Niles' The Weekly Register dated Aug. 22, 1812. 16pp, p-416, disbound.
Published from July 22, 1812, the Proclamation from Major-General Isaac Brock of Upper Canada on The Unprovoked Declaration of War By The United States. Very good condition.
Other report include: The Baltimore Riots, Capture of Fort Michilimackinac, the Capitulation of Mackinac,
In July 1812, an American army crossed the Detroit River and threatened Upper Canada. British General Isaac Brock knew he needed to move quickly to reassure the population and to halt the American invasion. Upon his arrival in Canada, American General William Hull made a proclamation asking inhabitants to accept his presence and offering them freedom from British rule.
As he prepared a defensive force, Brock issued his own proclamation in response.
The enemy, Brock argued, had insulted the British subjects by inviting them to “quiet and unresisting submission” in seeking the protection of the American government. Brock also challenged the inhabitants to recall any time they were mistreated by the British Government, and reminded them that they, unlike the Americans, had access to the enormous trade network protected by the British Navy. Brock also reminded his audience about duty: “Every Canadian Freeholder is by deliberate choice, bound by the most solemn Oaths to defend the Monarchy as well as his own property.” To forsake that oath, he continued, would be treason.
After imploring the inhabitants, Brock then reassured them. “Let no Man suppose,” he wrote, “that the Province will be eventually abandoned.” The British Government would not make peace with the United States of America unless the security of Upper Canada was ensured.
In the final section of his proclamation, Brock addressed the most grievous statement Hull had made the threat to refuse mercy to whites caught fighting with native warriors. “Be not dismayed,” Brock wrote, “at the unjustifiable threat of the Commander of the Enemies forces to refuse quarter if an Indian appear in the Ranks.” Brock knew that his army would depend on native warriors to increase their numbers, and the British commander defended natives’ right to protect their property. “They are men,” Brock argued, “and have equal rights with all other men to defend themselves and their property when invaded.”
The Weekly Register (also called the Niles Weekly Register and Niles' Register) was a national magazine published in Baltimore, Maryland by Hezekiah Niles. The magazine "exerted a powerful influence on the early national discourse," As noted in Wikipedia:
"Niles edited and published the Weekly Register until 1836, making it into one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States and himself into one of the most influential journalists of his day. Devoted primarily to politics, Niles' Weekly Register is considered an important source for the history of the period."
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