|Publisher:||William Clowes and Sons|
|Tags:||Canada, history, monarchy, non-fiction, British Empire, William Lyon Mackenzie, Lord Durham's Report, Upper Canada, Lower Canada, democracy, rebellion|
Sir Francis Bond Head was Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada during 1836-38, during which time the famous Rebellion of 1837 occurred.
Sir Francis strongly opposed the policies of the British Government with respect to the governance of Upper Canada and argued that they were inimical to the British constitution. He claimed support from the great majority of the population of Upper Canada, and held that the grievances expressed by Wm. Lyon Mackenzie et al. were but a device to force constitutional change.
Sir Francis describes several episodes when he battled with both Upper Canadian personages and the British Colonial Office in pursuit of his ideals.
Rebuffed by Downing Street and harried by reformers, he resigned and requested an opportunity to justify his actions and policies before an official body. This was refused, and consequently he was forced into silence without publishing any despatches. [Suggest a different description.]
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