Presentation copy signed and inscribed by the editor/publisher to Hon. Lemuel Allen Wilmot of New Brunswick New York: Robert Sears, 1848.
First Edition. Leather bound. Octavo. , 608 pages, 1. Illustrated with frontispiece and several black and white illustrations. Red morocco leather binding with gilt tooled borders, decorations, and illustration on the front cover. 5 raised bands, gilt decorations and title on the spine. Gilt borders, decorations, and Eagle illustration with the words "Peace and Union" stamped on the back cover. Gilt dentelle borders. All edges gilt. Leather is lightly rubbed at the extremities. A couple of small dark spots on the spine. Toning to the end papers. A nice presentation inscription and other notes written on the right front flyleaf. Presented "To the Hon. Lemuel Allen Wilmot. The Majesty; Attorney General of the Province of New Brunswick; presented as a Token of sincere esteem & regard, by the Ed. & Publisher. - Robert Sears. New York. May 16, 1849." Written in light blue pencil top of the right front flyleaf "Purchased at Shanes Auction Nov 27' 1891. Written in pencil just below the blue pencil note - "Sent to me by Anna Hinsdale Sept 1929 G.E.T." Very good. Item #24963
Lemuel Allan Wilmot (31 January 1809 – 20 May 1878) was a Canadian lawyer, politician, and judge.
Born in Sunbury County, New Brunswick, the son of William M. Wilmot and Hannah Bliss, Wilmot was educated at the Fredericton grammar school and at King’s College. He started articling law in 1825, became an attorney in 1830, and was admitted to the bar in 1832. He was created a Queen’s Counsel in 1838.
From 1834 to 1851, he was a member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick and was a Reformer. Responsible government was granted in 1848 and Wilmot served as Attorney-General from 1848 to 1851. From 1851 to 1868 he was a judge but was also outspoken in his support of Canadian confederation which was achieved in 1867. He was the third Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick from 1868 to 1873.
Wilmot had strong anti-Catholic and anti-French views once saying "Lower Canada would [not] be tranquillised and restored to a proper state, till all the French distinguishing marks were utterly abolished, and the English laws, language, and institutions, universally established throughout the Province."
In 1837, James Pierce, the publisher of the paper The Gleaner and Northumberland Schediasma was arrested and jailed for printing that Wilmot had "told an untruth" in the House of Assembly. He was held in York County Jail for 22 days, but he was released without charge after much criticism in other papers about freedom of the press.
A Methodist, he was the first non-conformist to serve as Attorney-General or as a judge in New Brunswick. He died in Fredericton in 1878.