Reynolds, Paul R.
Title GUY CARLETON: A BIOGRAPHY.
Publisher Gage, Toronto, 1980, first edition.
Seller ID 23907
209 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0771593007 "Sir Guy Carleton is one of the most influential figures in Canadian history. As a soldier, he fought bravely in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham and in 1775, with no pro fessional troops, he defeated the Americans under Burgoyne. Had Carleton failed, Quebec would have become an American colony. As Quebec's first governor, he was almost singlehandedly responsible for securing the Quebec Act, which guaranteed t h a t p rovince's language, culture and religion, and laid the groundwork for Canada's official policy of biculturalism. Autocratic and aloof, Carleton was in many ways typical of the British officer class in the eighteenth century. Neverthele s s, h e fe l t a deep sympathy and respect for the French 'habitant' and recognized that the conquered but proud Quebecois could never bow to British customs. To protect the French-Canadian way of life, Carleton brazenly defied the authority of h is Ki ng an d t he B ritish Parliament. High-handed in the pursuit of his goals, he made many enemies, but even these judged Carleton 'incorruptible' at a time when corruption among public officials was the rule rather than the exception. Ethan All en, Ben edi ct A rno ld, John Burgoyne, Edmund Burke, Aaron Burr, William Pitt, Alexander Hamilton and George Washington move through the pages of this book. Most of these men praised Carelton; a few feared him; all of them respected him." So me a reas of ligh t fad ing to t op/bottom edges of boards. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, two small edge tears, light rubbing causing scattered tiny scuffs. Very Good/Good+