Place Published: Toronto
Publisher: M. Reynolds, Printer to the Hon. the House of Assembly.
Date Published: 1835
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
QUITE RARE COPY INSCRIBED BY W.L. MACKENZIE TO GEORGE BELL, CALEDON
First edition. 7-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches. (12), 76, 2, li, 372, vi, 26p.), ([A]-l,K-Y) with half-title. Old 3/4 leather with marbled paper, and raised bands. Internally generally clean clean. "Ordered, by the House of Assembly, to be Printed 10th April, 1835." Includes index. Errata inserted following index. Half-title page repaired and some age toning with a few page edges tears. Overall condition is good.
An important and very rare MacKenzie book inscribed on the title page ("Mr. George Bell, and the Alliance Society, Caledon. from W.L. Mackenzie") on his famous report. MacKenzie later lead and precipitated the Rebellion of 1837-38. A cornerstone book on Upper Canada's history
Table of contents ( p.). - Index to the several matters contained in this volume (76 p.). - Errata (2 p.). - Seventh report from the Committee on grievances (li p.). - Appendix ... Minutes of evidence (p. 1-104). - Documents appended to the Seventh report (p. 105-372). - Report on the petition of William Forsyth ... (vi, 26 p.). - Sundry bills passed by the House of Assembly during the 1st session 12th Parliament, and lost in the Legislative Council (p. A-Y) "In the 1930s, with William Lyon Mackenzie King as Prime Minister, there were new memorials created for King’s illustrious grandfather. One such memorial is now in the garden of Mackenzie House: a bas-relief panel of almost gargantuan proportions, its scale alone declares William Lyon Mackenzie to be a Very Important Figure in Canadian History. The scene is the Upper Canada House of Assembly, April 10, 1835. Mackenzie, as chairman of the “Select Committee on Grievances,” presents his Final Report. Here is King’s version of Mackenzie’s finest hour - there is no “Little Mac” or “Little Rebel” here. Mackenzie stands tall, the dominating central figure. The prophetic statesman speaks with authority. His text catalogues everything that is wrong with the government. Pondering the import of his words are his parliamentary colleagues – all anonymous, all virtually identical, all suitably solemn in the presence of the Great Man. Here is the quintessential Canadian idol – a Member of Parliament complaining!" quoted from Chris Raible, The Changing Public Images of William Lyon MacKenzie, 2011
On 9th December, 1834, the “Canadian Alliance. Society” was founded at York. Mr. James Lesslie was President, and Mr. Mackenzie Corresponding Secretary. In the declaration of objects, formed upon resolutions drawn up and submitted by Mr. Mackenzie, for the attainment of which the society was formed, there were eighteen subjects of legislation, twelve of which have been acted upon.
Emanuel Hahn's "Mackenzie Panels" (1938) in the garden of Mackenzie House in Toronto. The panel shows William Lyon Mackenzie presenting his historic Seventh Report of Grievances to the House of Assembly of Upper Canada. Names of those executed during the repression that followed defeat of the rebellion appear on one of the panels, as do profiles of the two rebels who met their death on the scaffold in Toronto: Samuel Lount and Peter Matthews. Wikipedia
George Bell, J.P. (postmaster and commissioner at the Court of Queen’s Bench) The first settlers at Charleston (name was changed to “Caledon” ) were George Bell and William Stubbs who took up their lands in 1821. The first “census” and assessment records show that the population of Caledon numbered 100 inhabitants in 1821. Thomas Bell became postmaster in 1863 to 1883 and the Sligo post office was relocated to the mill on Bell’s property, nearer Forks of the Credit. “Sligo Hill” on Centre Road / Hurontario Street is a reminder of this early settlement. In 1877, Thomas Bell, his son, built a grist mill and blacksmith shop. G. Bell info quoted from "Town of Caledon Archaeological Management Plan" 2021
This book most recently owned by Chris Raible a former interpreter at Mackenzie House in Toronto, has written two books about William Lyon Mackenzie and is historical advisor to The Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum in Queenston. He has written articles and reviews for the Beaver, Ontario History, the Toronto Star, and the Globe and Mail. He lives in Creemore, Ontario.
Full title: 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; 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