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Research Note: Magrath Militia Involvement 1838
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Title: Research Note: Magrath Militia Involvement 1838
Identifier: 2005.1.95.40
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1960-1975
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: Single-spaced typewritten notes on half-sized paper about "rebels & vagabonds" who crossed the Canadian border, and were "menacing a small post in Pelham Twp". A reference note appears in the top proper left corner: "Brock to Currie". The notes from p. 171 tell how re-enforcements under Lt. Magrath and someone named McMicking of Peel charged the invaders and disaffected Canadians who had joined them, and the brigands fled in disorder. Over three days 30 were arrested and the invasion was over. Notes from p 177 describe that discontent was still smouldering in October of 1838 and "when it seemed likely U.C. was to be invaded by U.S. citizens who were already parcelling out lands, so sure were they of expecting Canadian support, part of the militia were called out once more". Four battalions of incorporated militia were ordered raised. "The Queen's Lancers had been disembodied in July, but Major Magrath was ordered to raise a troop of cavalry at Toronto, with Lieut. Magrath & Cornet Heath as his officers, & with 58 n.c.o.'s (non-commissioned officers) & men under Lt. Col. Peter Adamson". The reverse of the page is a blank Geoffrey H. Sayers Insurance statement/invoice form.

This item is part of a box of original papers, transcripts, research notes, and newspaper clippings compiled and transcribed by Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers. The notes and transcripts were written on the backs of papers related to Geoffrey’s job in Insurance. Geoffrey's Grandmother's family, the Magrath's, were notable members of the community and the local Militia.
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