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to Mason and Gorges of all the lands between the Merrimack and Sagadahoc, extending back to the Great Lakes and River of Canada. This grant was called Laconia. So little was known of the continent that it was supposed the River of Canada (the St. Canada (the St. Lawrence) was within a hundred miles of the mouth of the Merrimack. It seems to be beyond dispute that this colony of Laconia was established by prominent merchants whose aim was to establish stations for fishing and carrying on commerce. Entire frn any other colony. The towns of New Hampshire, being on the frontier and in the direct line between Massachusetts and Canada, were the scene of many a conflict in the French and Indian wars that were nearly continuous for the first one hundred an of the Merrimack River. Here he had several children, the youngest of whom was my mother. He and his family removed to Canada about the time of my mother's marriage. They were respectable and honorable people, and were certainly long lived, for m
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 2: early political action and military training. (search)
alition of the Free-Soil and Democratic parties was attempted and partially carried out. I was very strongly in favor of it because I saw hope of ten-hour legislation; and although a Democrat, I was ready to join with anybody who would ameliorate a quasi slavery in the North where the Constitution did not interfere. Although I stood with the Democracy I did not feel myself obliged by my party relations to go bounding over the graves of my fathers to catch a fugitive slave who was seeking Canada, when it was not made my duty by legal enactment. Fortunately I was not called upon to determine what I should do in that regard when obliged to act under the law. Owing to the opposition of a small wing of the party, known as Hunker Democrats, that coalition was unsuccessful. In 1849 the election showed, however, that it had capabilities of success in the near future if rightly managed. The foundation of these possibilities was that by our Constitution all elections were to be determi
t spread rapidly over the whole country North and West, many journals being founded for its advocacy. This agitation looked to no compensation to the master, but held that slavery was wholly unconstitutional; and that if the Constitution did recognize and protect it, then the Constitution was a covenant with hell and a league with death. In several States, notably in Massachusetts, societies were organized for the purpose of inducing and aiding slaves to flee to the North and thence into Canada, from which they could not be extradited. State legislation was attempted by which the Fugitive Slave Law, then existing, was to be rendered nugatory and useless. Retaliatory measures were introduced at the South. The time of Congress was largely spent in discussing and legislating on matters connected with the slavery question. The balance of power after the adoption of the Missouri compromise in 1820--that is, as many free States as slave States coming into the Union--gave an equal n
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 7: recruiting in New England. (search)
3,044 failed to report, that is, they left for Canada or elsewhere, and 3,623 paid commutation. So d a considerable force of troops to be sent to Canada, and ordered a large number of vessels sent to Halifax, and they sent over to Canada a little general who was not then (or ever) a general. And tp the St. Lawrence and all the other rivers of Canada. England ought also to have remembered thatesy of our government to get their troops into Canada, unless they forced their way over our territoasm upon the use the troops would be to her in Canada. Gen. Caleb Cushing was the ablest internat a traitor to his own portion of the country. Canada would not have been in our way at all. Ninety ys would have enlisted Irishmen enough to take Canada. That could have been taken by contract. It be built many miles a day to any place. The Canadian barns were all full and would have been depos had said to them: Yes, I want you to march to Canada and take that first, and then for the western
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 16: capture of fortifications around Richmond, Newmarket Heights, Dutch Gap Canal, elections in New York and gold conspiracy. (search)
rwise occur. This is rather a ticklish business. It is evident that the large amount of gold that has been thrown upon the market is Confederate gold. Do you know where any of it came from? Yes, he said, there has been a good deal sent from Canada. That may be English gold, I said. I cannot say whether it is or not. Is it sent to one man or many men? It has all been sent, he replied, from Montreal to the firm of Lyons & Company. Well, Mr. Treasurer, it is evident that the Coou do business for any time in Liverpool? No, sir. Where did you go then? I went to Montreal. And went into business there? Yes, sir. Was not your business there largely with your Confederate friends,--getting their money into Canada? Yes, sir. Did you renew, if you had ever broken it off, your connection with the Peoples' Bank in Kentucky? Yes, sir. How long did you remain in Montreal? I came here from there in December, last. Did you set up your business
Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler, Chapter 20: Congressman and Governor. (search)
rnmental system of terminal Annuities position on reconstruction United States should have had Canada for the Alabama claims you shall never be Governor of Massachusetts I will be Governor of Mas years of the war to that condition under which he put his blockading fleets. The Dominion of Canada was made a headquarters for the concoction and carrying out of all sorts of incursions upon our t you to remove yourself as far as possible from being our neighbor, and give up the province of Canada. You have been an exceedingly bad neighbor from the beginning, and we want you near us no more. Cede Canada to us and we will settle all difficulties and give you a clean release of all claims. Grant was impressed with my idea, but the bondholders changed his determination. They claimed th,000, reckoning interest, one third of which we had to pay back because our fishermen fished in Canadian waters, and this one third was claimed to be the value of the fish swimming in the sea we might
CAeSAR, Butler reads, 868. Cahill, Col. T. W., at Baton Rouge, 482. Calvin, Butler controverts doctrine of, 60-63; his position sustained, 64. Cameron, Simon, Secretary of War, requisition for two Massachusetts regiments, 170; regarding Ross Winans, 234; urges Butler to remain in service, 239; letter to, 240; instructions regarding contrabands, 259-261; reference to General McClellan, 473; asks Butler to accept Vice-Presidency, 633-635; seeks an interview with Butler, 768-769. Canada, hostility of the Dominion, 966. Cape Ann, Butler's summer home at, 919. Cape Henry, transport fleet anchor off, 785-786. Cape Lookout, rendezvous of Porter and Butler, 789-790. Carey, Major J. N., interview with regarding contrabands, 257-258; letter from, 262-263. Carey shoots constable Heywood, 1026. Carney, James G., offers Governor Andrew bank funds, 171-173. Carruth, Lieutenant, suppresses anti-draft demonstration in Boston, 277. Carrolton, Phelps at, 896. Ca