The Caroline case

12 Oct
English: The destruction of the Caroline steam...

English: The destruction of the Caroline steamboat by fire, on the Falls of Niagara, Upper Canada, on the night of Friday the 29th Decr. 1837 by George Tattersall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

October 12, 1841:  Alexander McLeod was acquitted in the Caroline case that almost caused a war between Britain and the United States.

For more on this interesting story, check out: Wikipedia’s The Caroline Affair .


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16 responses to “The Caroline case

  1. mionsiog

    February 2, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Page 2 Col 4 of this 1841 newspaper gives some information on the case, what was know at the time. Heading of Column: “Later from Europe” down a few paragraphs. “The McLeod Case”

    • mionsiog

      February 2, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      Page 3 Col 1 of same newspaper gives more info on the case. This one has a link to it:

    • tkmorin

      February 2, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      Wow, thank you, mionsiog! Truly interesting!! :>

      • mionsiog

        February 2, 2013 at 7:09 pm

        While you were typeing I was putting in a Oct 21 update.

        I will keep looking
        Take Care.

      • mionsiog

        February 2, 2013 at 7:21 pm

        I just finished reading the 21 Oct item and in it they detail what happened, or rather what has been so far said in the court and account from both sides. It is an interesting tale. I will check around some more and see what else I can find.
        Take Care.

      • mionsiog

        February 2, 2013 at 7:59 pm

        Update Nov 18
        From Europe

        “Very consideralbe excitement existed in England at the last date as to the state of affairs with this country. Private letters manifest this more distinctly than the newspapers,and we infer from what we hear, that if McLeod’s trial had evntualted otherwise than it did, the Government would have found it difficult to resist the pressure of the nation for war.
        As it is, and not doubting the disposition of both Government to main tain peace, we believe that the acquittial of McLeod will hve smoothed the way for an amicable settlement of the outstanding questions.
        Cotton has improved a little at Liverpool, from apprehensions of a was with the United States. These … ”

        and so the story ends and life goes on.

        There was nothing on Oct 28, Nov 4, or Nov 11 about the case, as far as I saw. I could have missed it if there had been. There was however a little item on Pg2 Col 1 of Nov 11 about the Amistad Africans… another story not having to do with Canada.

        All this items were in a photocopy of newspaper that Google says is Oct 14, 1841 but I found that it contained weekly newspapers all the way to Nov 18, 1841.

        I will have to do some more checking, till then;
        Take Care.

    • tkmorin

      February 2, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      I have to say, I love living in the internet age. To be able to read such old clippings in the comfort of home … wow! And thank you for sharing these links with me. I’m so enjoying it!! :>

    • tkmorin

      February 2, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      You’re having as much as I am, aren’t you? Thanks for all this info!!

      • mionsiog

        February 2, 2013 at 9:10 pm

        If it wasn’t fun I don’t think I would be at this computer. I could be outside shoveling snow, neighbor.
        Take Care Stay Warm

        • tkmorin

          February 2, 2013 at 9:47 pm

          Thank whoever invented the furnace! 🙂

  2. themofman

    January 28, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I had never heard of this before. I’m going to have to look into why only Amos Durfee was killed, and what part he actually played in the whole affair. All I’ve found so far is that he was a sailor on the Caroline.

    A most intriguing bit of history about McNab. While the account this page links to claims that McNab, a genuine member of Canadian nobility, killed Dufree another source states that Alexander McCleod was imprisoned in the US for the killing due to his bragging about merely participating in the raid.

    • tkmorin

      January 28, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Let me know what you find out! For the especially older accounts, it’s sometimes difficult to get the exact answer to some questions … I try though … 🙂

  3. canadianity

    January 19, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Good information. Nice to see people spreading very relevant news 🙂

    Thank you!

    • tkmorin

      January 19, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      Thanks! I’m having fun. 🙂


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