By J.M.S. Careless
George Brown (1818-1880) used to be the influential editor of the Toronto Globe, the main robust newspaper in British North the US. He was once additionally chief of the Liberal social gathering, arch-rival of John A. Macdonald, and the statesman who held the foremost to Confederation at its most important degree. This moment quantity lines the sectional clash that introduced political impasse by way of 1864 and makes transparent Brown’s important functionality find a manner out. It additionally units out in meticulous element his profession after leaving celebration club in 1867. This accomplished two-volume biography of George Brown used to be first released in 1959 (volume 1) and 1963 (volume 2). In 1963, Professor Careless obtained the Governor General’s Award for the entire biography.
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George Brown's health had finally collapsed from constant strain. 17 His health had been declining for some weeks, and still he forced himself to work at the Globe office. "19 He had had to strive so long and hard with financial problems, had never been really free of them since the onset of the depression in 1857. And, in the last year, there had been the costly outlay on the Globe, the mortgaging of Bothwell for the $20,000 loan, the slander that this had roused, and the further strain put on his credit and his feelings through the purposeful attacks on his business reputation.
13 Politics in Canada were apparently back in their old groove. It might take strong pressure perhaps something like the impact of the American war - to bring them out of it. The census and rep by pop; rep by pop and the census: that was the programme Brown now set for his paper, whenever there was time to turn from the American crisis. 16 Although the completed census would probably not be pub- 40 B R O W N OF THE GLOBE lished before the next session of parliament was over, it was equally probable that the proceedings of the session would be greatly affected by awareness of the coming results.
Altogether, it was a shot-gun blast of defamation, which seemed likely to injure if it did not kill. Of course, there was not much new in this procedure to the rowdy provincial press of either side. But the point that grew increasingly apparent here was how little fact Brown's defamers had to go on in making their vague charges, whereas the Globed own accusations had normally been much better grounded and thus much more devastating in their total effect. 104 Unquestionably, however, some harm had been done George Brown, although it was more personal than political.
Brown of The Globe, Statesman of Confederation 1860-1880 Volume 2 by J.M.S. Careless