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should shew the wisdom and foresight of your illustrious brother; but finding myself bound to relate so many strong facts affecting my superiors, I paused for reasons, which, in a military man, you will, I think, consider prudent." What these anecdotes were, or would have been, is now a matter of conjecture, as I fear that they are irrecoverably lost. Like the writer of this letter, I have experienced some hesitation in narrating facts, as I wished not to give either pain or offence, remembering the maxim: "On doit des égards aux vivans-on ne doit aux morts que la vérité;" but my duty as a biographer has prevailed over every other consideration; and if, as a civilian, I have laboured under a disadvantage in describing military events, I trust that that disadvantage is in some measure compensated by the greater freedom with which I have been enabled to write in illustration of my subject. This freedom will doubtless be displeasing to a few, who, or whose relatives, not having figured very creditably during the war in Canada, will arraign this work as written too much in accordance with a sentiment of the French historian Bodin a sentiment ever uppermost in my mind while compiling it: "Autrefois on écrivait l'histoire à l'usage du dauphin; aujourd'hui c'est à l'usage du peuple qu'il faut l'écrire."

F. B. T.

GUERNSEY, April, 1847.

PREFACE.

In the early part of last year, a box of manuscripts and the trunks belonging to Sir Isaac Brock, which had remained locked and unexamined for nearly thirty years, were at length opened, as the general's last surviving brother, Savery, in whose possession they had remained during that period, was then, from disease of the brain, unconscious of passing events. With that sensibility which shrinks from the sight of objects that remind us of a much-loved departed relative or friend, he had allowed the contents to remain untouched; and when they saw the light, the general's uniforms, including the one in which he fell, were much motheaten, but the manuscripts were happily uninjured. On the return of the Editor from South America, in May last, he for the first time learnt the existence of these effects; and a few weeks after, having hastily perused and assorted the letters and other papers, he decided on their publication. Whether this decision was wise, the reader must determine. If, on the one hand, part of their interest be lost in the lapse of years; on the other, they, and the comments they have elicited, can now be published with less risk of wounding private feelings.

It has been the Editor's study to avoid all unnecessary remarks on the letters in this volume, so as to allow the writers to speak for themselves. But he has deemed it a sacred obligation due to the memory of Sir Isaac Brock, to withhold nothing descriptive of his energetic views and intentions, and of the

obstacles he experienced in the vigorous prosecution. of the contest-obstacles which his gallant spirit could not brook, and which necessarily exposed "his valuable life" much more than it would have been in offensive operations. He regrets, however, that in the performance of this duty, he must necessarily give pain to the relatives of the late Sir George Prevost, of whose military government in Canada he would much rather have written in praise than in

censure.

Brief memoirs are inserted, at the conclusion of the Appendix, of one of Sir Isaac Brock's brothers, the bailiff or chief magistrate of Guernsey, and of two of their nephews, Lieutenant E. W. Tupper, R.N., and Colonel W. De Vic Tupper, of the Chilian service. The premature fate of these two promising young officers is, to those who knew them best, still a source of unceasing regret and of embittering remembrance.

The notices of the celebrated Tecumseh interspersed throughout the volume, and the connected sketch of him near its close, can scarcely fail to interest the reader; that sketch is drawn from various and apparently authentic sources, and the Editor believes that it is more copious than any which has yet appeared of this distinguished Indian chief.* A perusal will perhaps awaken sympathy in behalf of a much-injured people; it may also tend to remove the films of national prejudice, and prove that virtue and courage are not confined to any particular station or country, but that they may exist as well in the wilds of the forest, as in the cultivated regions of civilization.

GUERNSEY, January 15, 1845.

* I have since learnt that there is a memoir of Tecumseh in Thatcher's Indian Biography, an American work, which I have been unable to procure.-F. B. T.

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Parentage and birth-Boyhood-Enters the King's Regiment-Trait
of determination of character-Becomes Lieutenant-Colonel of the
49th-Campaign in Holland, in 1799-A young Irish Sergeant-
Russian troops in Guernsey-Battle of Copenhagen, in 1801-Notice
of John Savery Brock, Esq....

Is made a Major-General-Sir James Craig returns to England, his
character and administration-Sir Gordon Drummond-Duke of
Manchester-Arrival of Sir George Prevost, services, military repu-

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