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By Mary Beacock Fryer

Celebrated because the saviour of higher Canada, significant basic Sir Isaac Brock used to be a charismatic chief who received the honour not just of his personal troops, but additionally of the Shawnee leader Tecumseh or even males between his enemy. His motto may well good were 'speak loud and glance big.' even supposing this angle earned him a name for brashness, it additionally enabled his good fortune and propelled him into the numerous function he might play within the conflict of 1812.

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In the streets of St. Peter Port and on ramblings through the lanes, shores, and fields of Guernsey, he had acquired a knowledge of Guernesiais, hardly the speech of a gentleman. His brothers Daniel, now twenty-one, and William, nineteen, tracked down a French-speaking Protestant clergyman in Rotterdam, Holland, who, like Daniel’s mentor, M. Vallat, was of the right language and the right religion. Isaac sailed away again, this time to Rotterdam for a year of study. He acquired facility in the language that would be so important during his years in Canada.

On September 13, Prince Frederick the Duke of York arrived — he had been the commander-in-chief since April 3, 1798. He led a fleet of transports bringing reinforcements. From the east the army received a further reinforcement of Russians. On October 2, they fought an action that was commemorated on the colours of the British regiments that took part as “Egmont-op-Zee” (more correctly Egmond ann Zee). This time Marshal Brune was better prepared, and this time Moore allowed the 49th to join the front line of battle.

Influenced, he claimed, by his early reading of historical romances, FitzGibbon decided to appeal to the commander-in-chief for protection: I asked for and obtained a pass for three days to go to London on pretended business. 1 The following morning he gave his letter in at the door of the Horse Guards. This, the military building in the Whitehall complex, housed the commander-in-chief and his staff. FitzGibbon walked back and forth until nightfall when he returned to the tavern. Then, fearing that his letter might not be given to the Duke, he wrote a second letter, which he took to the door at the Horse Guards before opening time.

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