Affiliate Link

Guy Carleton leaves America

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859.

This afternoon sailed for England his Majesty’s ship Montreal, commanded by Stair Douglass, Esquire, having on board Lieutenant-General Sir Guy Carleton, Knight of the Bath, and late Governor of Canada, over which he has presided since the 27th of September, 1766. He left the castle of St. Lewis about one o’clock, (Lady Maria and the children having gone on board the preceding evening,) and was accompanied to the water side by his Excellency the Governor, his Honor the Lieutenant-Governor, the judges, and most of the principal gentlemen, both civil and military, as well British as Canadians. The troops in garrison with the British and Canadian militia, under arms, lined the streets on both sides from the castle to the place of embarkation. After Sir Guy, his Excellency General Haldimand, and several other gentlemen who went on board with him, had got into Captain Pierson’s barge, which carried him to the frigate; just as she pushed off, he got up and took an indiscriminate farewell of the multitude on the beach, with an air of humanity and politeness peculiar to him, and which seemed to indicate regret. A royal salute was then fired from the ramparts, and, as soon as he got on board, from the vessels. His departure is sincerely regretted by many. His Excellency the Governor, and several gentlemen who accompanied him as far as Patrick’s Hole, dined with him on board, and returned this evening.1


1 Gaine’s Mercury, November 16.