THELLER, E[dward] A[lexander] [1804-1859]. Canada In 1837-38, Showing, By Historical Facts, The Causes Of The Late Attempted Revolution, And Of Its Failure; The Present Condition Of The People, And Their Future Prospects, Together With The Personal Adventures Of The Author, And Others Who Were Connected With The Revolution. 2 Volumes. 12mo. pp. 264; 316. modern quarter calf. Author’s Presentation copy to Peter Baxter. Philadelphia: Henry F. Anners & New York: J.& H.G. Langley, 1841.
First Edition. An interesting first hand account of the major events of the 1837-38 Rebellion in Upper and Lower Canada and its aftermath. An American, Theller had studied and practised medicine for a number of years in Montreal. Returning to the United States, he enlisted in the patriot cause and joined the American filibusterers along the Canadian border. He was captured on Lake Erie while in command of a privateer, and was tried and condemned for high treason. His narrative contains considerable detail regarding his trial and imprisonment, and his subsequent escape from the Citadel at Quebec, as well as accounts of the trials and sentencing of other rebels and American sympathizers, including Sutherland, Lount, Matthews, Montgomery, Morden, Anderson, Hunter, Morrison, Durand, and Wolfred Nelson.
Dionne II 1207. Gagnon I 3513. Lande 832. Morgan p. 370. Sabin 95297. Story p. 699. TPL 2217.