|Title:||The Scribbler 1821-09-06 Volume 1, Issue 11|
|Tags:||Canadiana, essay, magazine, periodical, poetry, mixed fiction/nonfiction|
Essay topic: Wit.
“Wit is a most dangerous quality in the possession of either man or woman . . . there is not much danger amongst our young men, whose chief vice is a superabundance of prudence, of their wit running away with their caution . . . the other sex stand perhaps therefore more in need of a curb in that respect.” [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Wilcocke, Samuel Hull
Samuel Hull Wilcocke (1766-1833) was an English author and journalist. He was born in England but brought up in the Netherlands where his father was in the clergy. His education lent a certain continental air to his future writings. Moving back to England in 1794 due to a French invasion he lived in Liverpool where he became involved in mercantile and scholastic pursuits.
He emigrated to Canada in 1817 (leaving behind domestic troubles) and obtained a job working for the North West Company as a publicist during its dispute with the Hudson's Bay Company over the Red River Colony. He published a "A narrative of occurrences in the Indian countries of North America in 1817". In 1820 he fled to Burlington, Vt. over a conflict with his employer. NWC agents pursued him and brought him (illegally) back to Montreal where he was imprisoned on trumped up debt charges. Pressure from the United States brought his release but he was forced to return to the U.S. to live in exile.
While in prison he founded the "Scribbler", a newspaper published in Montreal. he continued to edit it while living in exile even though it was still printed in Montreal. Among regular news, poetry and gossip items, he used the Scribbler to mount attacks on agents of the NWC whom he portrayed using nicknames instead of real names, e.g. Mr Reaper for Nahum Mower, Tommy Changling for Thomas Andrew Turner, Horatio Bigdoors for Horatio Gates, and Lord Goddamn-him for Thomas Thain. He and his wife, Ann Lewis, wrote a series of articles called “Letters from Pulo Penang” which detailed the persecution he and his wife suffered at the hands of the NWC agents. Wilcocke started a few other largely unsuccessful newspapers and wrote a few books. He died in poverty in Quebec in 1833. (Dictionary of Canadian Biography)
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