Browsing George Henry Seymour fonds, 1855-1860 RG 662 by Subject "Visits of state -- Canada -- 1860"
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Letter written by George Henry Seymour, 1860Letter written by George Henry Seymour, 1860. The letter is dated at Niagara, September 16, 1860. He writes that “…when we got here, the D. of Newcastle received a proposal from Mr. Blondin to wheel the Prince over the falls on his tightrope in a wheelbarrow and in case of letting him fall ‘to return the money’. I have very little doubt that he could do what he proposed as he went across just below the suspension bridge, played all sorts of tightrope feats in the centre then took a man on his back roped over with him and returned on stilts. It was a most wonderful performance. I strongly advised HRH not to wait and see him do anything that he had not done before and the feat of the stilts was a first attempt but he was so anxious to remain that he carried his point against our prudent remonstrances and it all came off right— but if any mischance had occurred he would have blamed himself for having given encouragement by his presence.”
Letters regarding the HMS HeroLetters regarding the HMS Hero. Three copies of letters dated August 20, 1860, August 28, 1860 and August 30, 1860, concerning the grounding of the HMS Hero at the mouth of the Saguenay River a few days earlier, due to a buoy being improperly positioned. The letters are written by E.B. Lindsay, I. Smith and Alex Milne. The Hero was repaired by the Captains of the Valorous, Ariadne, and Nile.
Letters written by George Henry Seymour to his father, 1860Letter written by George Henry Seymour to his father, 1860. The letter is dated at Halifax, August 4, 1860 and describes the Prince’s warm welcome in Newfoundland. He goes on to comment on the possibility of hostilities, writing that “we went to have a look…at what they were doing at St. Pierre and Miquelon where it is said they are erecting batteries contrary to treaty but they were not to be seen from outside…there is little doubt that the fortifications there are in existence and I believe they justify the measure by saying that they were erected just at the end of the Russian War when hostilities were expected between England and the U. States and that they had no other means of protecting themselves against the Privateers that would have been fitted out in the States if War had then been declared.” He continues with descriptions of the Volunteer Corps, the death of Sir Brenton Halliburton (Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia) only days earlier, and the upcoming itinerary.
Travel journal, 1855-1860Travel journal, 1855-1860. The first 8 pages of the journal contain entries from the HMS Pembroke in the Gulf of Finland in 1855. The remaining entries are “the dates & c of sailing and arrival of HMS Hero during HRH the Prince of Wales’ visit to Canada in 1860.” Entries are dated from July 9 to November 6, 1860. The journey begins from Plymouth Sound, with subsequent entries at Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston, Belleville, Toronto, Niagara, Halifax, and Portland. Highlights of the tour include encounters with Governors Sir Alexander Bannerman (Newfoundland) and George Dundas (Prince Edward Island), the Governor General [Sir Edmund Walker Head], Sir George Simpson (Governor-in-Chief of the Hudson’s Bay Company), Charles Blondin,(tightrope walker), and First Nations tribes.