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title The Loyalist Question on Prince Edward Island 1783 - 1861
creator Bumsted, J. M.
subject Island Magazine
subject Prince Edward Island Museum
description The year was 1861. The guns had been fired at Fort Sumter and the United States found itself involved in its second bloody civil war. In British North America — that par t of Great Britain's American empire that had remained loyal to the Crown during the first civil war* almost a century earlier — the Upper Canadian clergyman and educator Egerton Ryerson circulated to "the Descendants of the British Uni ted Empire Loyalists of America" a call for documents to serve as the basis for a history of those who "preferred British connexion and government to any other." Ryerson's circular observed that "the unsuccessful part ies in such contests always appear to disadvantage, and especially when the only histories of them are wri t ten by their adversaries." He added, "They were a noble race of men — in few respects inferior, and in several respects superior, to the lauded Pilgrim Fathers of New England." The Loyalists, he insisted, deserved a "faithful history and rightful vindication."
publisher Prince Edward Island Museum
date 1989
type Document
format application/pdf
identifier vre:islemag-batch2-332
source 25
language en_US
rights Please note that this material is being presented for the sole purpose of research and private study. Any other use requires the permission of the copyright holder(s), and questions regarding copyright are the responsibility of the user.

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title The Loyalist Question on Prince Edward Island 1783 - 1861
creator Bumsted, J. M.
subject Island Magazine
subject Prince Edward Island Museum
description The year was 1861. The guns had been fired at Fort Sumter and the United States found itself involved in its second bloody civil war. In British North America — that par t of Great Britain's American empire that had remained loyal to the Crown during the first civil war* almost a century earlier — the Upper Canadian clergyman and educator Egerton Ryerson circulated to "the Descendants of the British Uni ted Empire Loyalists of America" a call for documents to serve as the basis for a history of those who "preferred British connexion and government to any other." Ryerson's circular observed that "the unsuccessful part ies in such contests always appear to disadvantage, and especially when the only histories of them are wri t ten by their adversaries." He added, "They were a noble race of men — in few respects inferior, and in several respects superior, to the lauded Pilgrim Fathers of New England." The Loyalists, he insisted, deserved a "faithful history and rightful vindication."
publisher Prince Edward Island Museum
date 1989
type Document
format application/pdf
identifier vre:islemag-batch2-332
source 25
language en_US
rights Please note that this material is being presented for the sole purpose of research and private study. Any other use requires the permission of the copyright holder(s), and questions regarding copyright are the responsibility of the user.