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Archibahl Acheson Gosford

GOSFORD, Archibahl Acheson, Earl of, governor-general of Canada, born in England about 1775; died 27 March, 1849. He was the second earl of the name, and was created a peer of the United Kingdom, as Lord Worlingham, 13 June, 18:15. He was appointed governor-general of Canada in 1835, and arrived at Quebec in August of that year. A spirit of intense dissatisfaction, fomented in Upper Canada by William Lyon Mackenzie and in Lower Canada by Papineau, prevailed in both those provinces at the time of Earl Gosford's appointment. He was one of a royal commission, of which the other members were Sir Charles E. Gray and Sir George Gipps, which had been appointed to investigate the grievances complained of in Canada. Both as chief of the commission and as governor, Lord Gosford pushed to the utmost limit the policy of concession and conciliation which he had been instructed by the home government to pursue. But all efforts to allay disaffection were in vain, and the treasonable character of the declaration made at the meeting of the six counties, held at St. Charles, 23 October, 1837, led the governor-general to apprise the British government that a sterner policy must be adopted if Canada's connection with the empire was to be maintained. At the same time he begged to be relieved of his office, and this request was granted by the home government, which approved all that Gosford had done in Canada. though his mission was a failure. He left Canada on 26 February, 1885.

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