Brown of The Globe, Statesman of Confederation 1860-1880 by J.M.S. Careless

By J.M.S. Careless

George Brown (1818-1880) used to be the influential editor of the Toronto Globe, the main robust newspaper in British North the United States. He was once additionally chief of the Liberal occasion, arch-rival of John A. Macdonald, and the statesman who held the foremost to Confederation at its most crucial degree. This moment quantity lines the sectional clash that introduced political impasse via 1864 and makes transparent Brown’s important functionality to find a manner out. It additionally units out in meticulous aspect his occupation after leaving celebration club in 1867. This entire two-volume biography of George Brown was once first released in 1959 (volume 1) and 1963 (volume 2). In 1963, Professor Careless acquired the Governor General’s Award for the entire biography.

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To prepare for that debate, and for the elections that must follow the session, was now Brown's prime concern. Or, rather, it should have been. It was announced late in February that parliament would meet on March 16. Brown should have used the remaining time to tighten the Liberal press and party organization behind the renewed demand for rep by pop. There should have been a string of powerful Globe editorials for reprinting throughout the satellite party papers, and more of his glowing speeches at Reform meetings to rouse the electors and keep their representatives in line.

22 At forty-two, Brown, worn out with business worry and with the outpouring of vitality on so many projects, had finally broken a constitution that had once seemed indestructible. Of course, he had been ill before. But never for so long, or with such lasting effect. 2 For two months and more he lay in the quiet house on Church Street, solicitously tended by his elderly parents, his sister Isabella, and sister-in-law Sarah, while physicians consulted over him and friends called by to learn of his condition.

It was an old trumpet call; but the enemy had suffered a severe blow. 114 This was the auspicious moment to take to the public platform again. Before the Prince had left the province, within a few days of his Toronto visit, the Liberal leader was off to Gait to address a major Reform demonstration there. 115 Brown rose to it with his best soul-stirring oratory, denouncing all the evils of misgovernment and the failings of the union, and calling once again for the Convention remedy of federation.

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