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Vermont and the Rebellion in Lower Canada 1837-1838

Resources about Vermont and the Patriote Rebellion.


Vermont newspapers provided extensive coverage of the rebellions in Lower and Upper Canada. Some papers actively supported the rebels, while others worried about international relations and economic consequences.

Burlington Free Press
The paper’s support for the Patriote cause is demonstrated in Henry B. Stacy’s editorials, coverage of local meetings and events and political and military activities in the Upper and Lower Canadas, and letters to the editor.
Freely available online. Also available in Special Collections and on microfilm (Howe 2nd floor).

Burlington Sentinel
Extensive reports on public meetings and resolutions supporting Canadian independence, accounts of armed conflicts between royal troops and rebel forces, and political proclamations from both sides of the border.
Online access available to UVM affiliates and walk-ins, print available in Special Collections.

Franklin Messenger
Published 1837-1843 in St. Albans, Vermont, where Patriote refugees were very active.
Some issues from 1838 are available on microfilm (request from the Library Research Annex). Print issues from 1842-1843 are available in Special Collections. Other issues may be requested through interlibrary loan.

North American
Exiled Patriotes Hiram J. Thomas and J. B. Ryan published the North American in Swanton, Vermont from 1839-1841.
Freely available online. Also available as Library Research Annex MICROFILM 563; request from LRA

Le Patriote Canadien
This French language paper was published by Patriote exile Ludger Duvernay from 1839-1840 for French-Canadian readers near the border and refugees who sought asylum in the Unites States.
Freely available online.

Vermont Patriot
Published in Montpelier from 1826-1838, this newspaper documents Vermonters’ support for the Patriote cause and covers meetings held throughout the state.
Available through interlibrary loan.