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By Mary Beacock Fryer

Francis Simcoe used to be the eldest son of John Graves Simcoe and Elizabeth Gwillim. his father is well known because the first lieutenant governor of higher Canada; his mom for her Canadian diary and watercolour sketches. Francis was once twelve months outdated whilst his kinfolk arrived at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) in 1792, and virtually six after they lower back to England. Letters written through his mom, sisters, and himself exhibit his adolescence at Eton. At 16, he was once an ensign within the twenty seventh Inniskilling Regiment. From the start of his army occupation, he stored journals and wrote many letters preserved by way of the relatives. His carrier started in eire and ended below Wellington - he died top a storming occasion within the Trinidad breach at Badajoz, Spain, a completely bloody, expensive conflict within the Peninsular struggle. the military had misplaced a skilled younger officer. As a warrior, Francis possessed the characteristics that had carried his father from ensign to lieutenant common. Letters and journals reveal a soldier who used to be additionally an clever, loving person. Of designated curiosity are Francis' affiliates who frolicked in Canada - the Duek of Richmond, Edward Littlehales, James Kempt, and Julia Somerville (more than a friend?) who grew to become Mrs. Francis Bond Head 4 years after younger Simcoe's dying.

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Francis and Sophia went to the head of the lake, where their parents joined them and they finished the journey by water. They reached York on the 16th, nine days after leaving Newark. By that time, the governor, who had been unwell for some weeks, had applied for a leave of absence. He needed to recover his health, but he also wanted to treat with the government directly. Lord Dorchester, who had consistently vetoed any plan for Upper Canada that involved much expenditure, had resigned.

During a visit to the Macaulay home, young John was cutting through large chunks of wood. Francis begged to be allowed to learn to handle an axe, too. Shivering at the sight of so sharp a blade, Elizabeth agreed to let him because he would be so useful. York had grown, as everyone knew it would soon be the seat of government. Most of the civil servants and the officers of the Queen's Rangers now had 200-acre lots in the vicinity, and town lots as well. During a walk to the townsite on the 28th, the family watched a party depart to begin work on a road to what Elizabeth called the Pine Fort, which was on the Holland River that led to Lake Simcoe.

Three days later some men of the Seneca nation arrived and performed war dances to a chant. " On Saturday 26 July, Elizabeth and Francis set off with Captain Mayne to explore the shore once more. They slept in a house that belonged to Colonel John Butler. The next morning Francis had a cold, and they left him with a servant while they continued a far as Forty Mile Creek, which Elizabeth wanted to visit. At a farm where they called for provisions, a woman advised Elizabeth to treat Francis with a plant called crow's foot.

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