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Our Young Soldier by Mary Beacock Fryer

By Mary Beacock Fryer

Francis Simcoe used to be the eldest son of John Graves Simcoe and Elizabeth Gwillim. his father is widely known because the first lieutenant governor of higher Canada; his mom for her Canadian diary and watercolour sketches. Francis was once twelve months previous whilst his relations arrived at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) in 1792, and nearly six once they lower back to England. Letters written via his mom, sisters, and himself exhibit his adolescence at Eton. At 16, he used to be an ensign within the twenty seventh Inniskilling Regiment. From the start of his army occupation, he saved journals and wrote many letters preserved via the family members. His provider started in eire and ended less than Wellington - he died major a storming celebration within the Trinidad breach at Badajoz, Spain, a completely bloody, high priced conflict within the Peninsular warfare. the military had misplaced a skilled younger officer. As a warrior, Francis possessed the features that had carried his father from ensign to lieutenant basic. Letters and journals expose a soldier who was once additionally an clever, loving individual. Of detailed curiosity are Francis' affiliates who hung out 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 loss of life.

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The tract was delightfully situated on a promontory high above the valley of the Don, as they had called the river that flowed into the swamp at the eastern end of the harbour. By law, to secure Francis' title to the land, they had to build a house within a year. On Tuesday, 29 October the Simcoe family, with required aides and servants, set off to choose the right place: War Clouds 39 We went 6 miles by water & landed, climbed up an exceeding steep hill or rather a series of sugar-loafed Hills & approved of the highest spot from whence we looked down on the tops of Large Trees & seeing Eagles near I suppose they build here.

The latter seemed hardly likely because Julia's inheritance would be modest. Or, was he match-making? From the point of view of parents and guardian, a union between Francis and Julia would give great satisfaction. With the new year, the Simcoes were watching with keen interest the progress of the building of the summer home high above the Don River on Francis' land. Elizabeth enthused: It is called Castle Frank built on the plan of a Grecian Temple, totally of wood the logs squared & so grooved together that in case of decay any log may be taken out.

Accommodation might be confined to the canvas houses, but they would surely be no more uncomfortable than at Navy Hall. By 29 July, they were ready to sail for Toronto, to begin a new phase of their stay in Upper Canada. All the Simcoes had made friends, but most would also be moving from Newark to join them. Chapter 5 War Clouds ven for the children, the departure, aboard the Mississauga was festive. The band of the Queen's Rangers was playing. 1 Regiments had fifes, drums and bugles as military instruments and for signalling.

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