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The Political Adventures of John Henry. The Record of An International Imbroglio.

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Author: Cruikshank, Brig.-General E. A. Cruikshank.

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Inscribed, Association Copy – Judge F. W. Howay


Toronto: The MacMillan Company, 1936. First Edition. Octavo. Cloth. Inscribed by author. Near Fine [12] + 206 pp. + nine letters reproduced in facsimile; Index; and Appendix.

The latter presents two versions of the same letter, one from the Canadian Archives and the second, in facing column, from the American State Papers, demonstrating "(t)he shameless manner in which Henry garbled the letters written by him for the information of Craig. . ."(i.e. Sir James Henry Craig). After arriving in Montreal from New York in 1807, Henry was hired by Craig to keep him informed of aspects of public opinion in the United States. He then sold correspondence between himself and Craig to the United States government, which in turn became a factor in the outbreak of hostilities in the War of 1812. A lovely Association Copy being warmly inscribed in bold hand on the front free endpaper from the author to noted British Columbia jurist and historian Judge F. W. Howay. Lacking dj. [Whiteman et al, 'A Bibliography of Macmillan of Canada Imprints' #689; not in Watters, 'A Check List of Canadian Literature and Background Materials 1628-1950'.] See also the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Vol. V, pp.205 ff., esp. p.209 where Henry is characterized as a 'spy'.

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