From Bloody Beginnings: Richard Beasley’s Upper Canada.
David Richard Beasley. - www.davuspublishing.com
Davus Publishing. 388 pages. Illustrations $15.95 softbound
The central character of this story, Richard Beasley, was indeed a man of some prominence in the years just before and the decades after the creation of this province. A descendant has cast his ancestor’s biography as a personal narrative—a drama with famous players indeed: Richard Cartwright, Major John Butler, Chief Joseph Brant and Isaac Brock as well as Family Compact members John Strachan and John Beverley Robinson along with radicals Robert Gourlay and William Lyon Mackenzie. Readers who enjoy fictionalized scenes with imaginatively created dialogue, all based on extensive research, will welcome this volume and its fresh approach to an important historical period.
OHS BULLETIN, December 2008