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On This Day: February 17, 1812

On February 17, 1812, the Frame Breaking Bill to deal with Luddite disturbances came before the British House of Commons for a second reading. The first reading took place on February 14, 1812. The legislation made machine or frame breaking capital offences. The debate of the House of Commons follows: FRAME BREAKING BILL. HC Deb [...]

On This Day: February 16, 1812

Feb 16 1812: Byron to Hodgson On this day, Lord Byron writes to his friend Francis Hodgson. Byron opens the letter by referring to the fact that he has sent away the women which likely refers to Sarah Vaughan and another servant named Lucy. He writes in a rather morose self pitying away that is [...]

On This Day: February 15, 1812

Definition: Kapellmeister- (pronounced [kaˈpɛl.ˌmaɪstɐ]) a German word designating a person in charge of music-making. On February 15 1812, François-Adrien Boieldieu writes to Tsar Alexander of Russia that he must resign his position as Kapellmeister. Boieldieu (December 16, 1775 – October 8,1834) was a French composer, mainly of operas, that was quite famous in the early [...]

On This Day: February 14, 1812

In 1812, the capital of Ohio was Chillicothe, a former Shawnee settlement. On this day in 1812 the future site of Columbus was decided to be the new capital. From the Columbus Dispatch: The Ohio General Assembly voted on Feb. 14, 1812, to move the state capital to a nameless tract on the high ground [...]

On This Day: February 13, 1812

LONDON – Feb. 13, 1812 Samuel Whitbread brought a motion in the British House of Commons for production of the correspondence exchanged between the British and American governments. Whitbread was opposed to a war with the Americans. The motion was put to a vote and lost by an overwhelming majority. Whitbread was a passionate and [...]

On This Day: February 12, 1812

On February 12, 1812, Major-General Isaac Brock writes to Colonel Baynes, the Adj.-General. in regards to the possible upcoming war and the Northwest thetre in specific. Detroit, Michilimacinac and Amherstburg are all adressed: YORK, February 12, 1812. The assurance which I gave, in my speech at the opening of the legislature, of England co-operating in [...]

On This Day: February 11, 1812

More problems with Canada: Governor Tompkins of New York wrote to the Secretary of the Treasurer Gallatin about a recurring problem of fugitives from justice escaping into Canada. The Governor writes, in part, as follows: “Sir: I have the honor to send you the copy of a letter from Mr. Sailly relative to an occurrence [...]

On This Day: February 10, 1812

Anne Prévost was the 17 year old daughter of George Prévost, overall commander of the British forces in the Canadas and Isaac Brock’s direct superior. On this day, Anne wrote the following in her journal: “February 10th: Captain C. returned from the United States. This was the second time my Father had sent him to [...]

On This Day: February 9, 1812

On February 9, 1812, Emperor Alexander I of the Russian decreed to decorate 27 peasants for their heroic deeds against Napoleon’s invasion force. This medal was awarded just once, with only 27 medals made at the Saint Petersburg Mint. The obverse side of the medal featured Emperor Alexander`s profile, while the reverse side had a [...]

On This Day: February 8, 1812

On February 8, 1812, Ludwig Beethoven writes to Nikolaus Zmeskall (1759-1833), who is one of his few close personal friends in Vienna. Zmeskall was an official in the Hungarian Chancellery. The letter reads: To Zmeskall Most extraordinary and first and foremost man of the pendulum in the world, and without lever too! ! ! ! [...]