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The Autobiography of John Galt
London: Cochrane and M'Crone 11 Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, 1833. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. 2 vols., 8vo, 9" x 6" xx, 311p; viii; 412p, Portrait. Professionally rebound with new leather spine and original brown cloth front and back boards. Ex. personal library (2) with book plates. & Very Good+ condition. The book plate on the back end papers (later owner) was (Dr.) George Hastings Cox (with small ownership signature front end papers) significant private book collector from the Maritimes. One of 12 ophthalmologist who cared for eye injury victims of the terrible Halifax explosion in 1917 and later wrote detailed information on his experience.& Bookplates at the front of both volumes are for George C. Longley, Maitland, (near Brockville) Ontario (in 1877 - Masonic George C. Longley IXo as Magi. Post Offices in Canada, 1861 - Maitland Grenville, S.R. Postmaster.& Lande 260, First commissioner of the Canada Company and famous author and poet and father of Sir Alexander Galt. The author's eventful life including his services in the Canada Company, travels in America, founding the city of Guelph, Upper. Canada.& In 1824, Galt was appointed Secretary to the Canada Company, a charter company established to aid in the colonization of Upper Canada. While in Canada, Galt lived in Ontario, where he founded the city of Guelph in 1827. The community of Galt in Ontario was named after him. His three sons played prominent roles in Canadian politics; one of them, Alexander, was one of the 'Fathers of the Confederation', and Canada's first Minister of Finance. During his tenure with the Canada Company, Galt ran afoul of several colonial authorities, including Sir Peregrine Maitland,who was Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada at the time. He was heavily criticised by his employers for his lack of basic accounting skills and failure to carry out their established policies. This resulted in his dismissal and recall to Great Britain in 1829.& Soon after his return to England he was imprisoned for several months for failure to pay his debts. One of Galt's last novels, The Member, has political corruption as its central theme. Despite failing health, Galt was involved in another colonial business venture, the British American Land Company,which was formed to develop lands in the Eastern Townships of Lower Canada. Galt served as secretary but was forced to resign in December 1832 because of his health.He retired to Greenock in Scotland, publishing his two volume Autobiography in 1833.& There was 3 editions published in Philadelphia 1833 (2) and 1834 (1) : Key and Biddle, 1833.(2 volumes in one): T. K. Greenbank, 1833. : Key & Biddle, 1834.
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