Arrival of the Loyalist Volunteers
C.W. Jefferys' notes about this picture from The Picture Gallery of Canadian History Volume 3
On the news of the outbreak of the Upper Canadian Rebellion, in 1837, and the attempted attack on Toronto, volunteers rushed to the defense of the capital from all parts of the Province. The first to arrive were a force from Hamilton under Allan MacNab, afterwards knighted for his services during the Rebellion. Other forces marched from Cobourg, the neighbourhood of Galt, and elsewhere, and were welcomed at Government House. So numerous were they that the rebels were soon outnumbered. It may be suspected that some detachments had started for Toronto as rebels, but, seeing how the current was setting, transformed themselves en route into government supporters, and so endeavoured to escape the consequences of their original intention. The capture of Mackenzie's baggage, which he abandoned in his flight from Montgomery's, revealed the names of many implicated in the insurrection, and led to their arrest and imprisonment.
- Jefferys, Charles W. (1950) The Picture Gallery of Canadian History Volume 3, p.15
Bassett, John M. and Petrie, A. Roy. Allan Napier MacNab. Toronto, Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1974. 62 p. Illus. p. 33 - “Arrival of the Loyalist volunteers”
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Begbie Contest Society. “Canadian primary sources in the classroom: Rebellions of 1837.” July 2017. 46 p. Illus. http://www.begbiecontestsociety.org/Rebellions1837.htm Accessed July 29, 2017. p.25 - “ARRIVAL OF LOYALIST VOLUNTEERS AT PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS/TORONTO, DECEMBER,1837/From a pen drawing by C.W. Jefferys”