A Matter of Conscience by Mary Hosmar

A Matter of Conscience

About the Book

Fifteen-year-old Jamie MacPherson is confused. Everyone seems to want change but can’t agree as to how that change should come about. William Lyon Mackenzie is calling the people of Upper Canada to arm themselves and break free of British rule, and Jamie’s friends and neighbours are all for joining Mackenzie and his army. His father is dead set against violence of any sort and has tried to pass that along to his son.

Will Jamie follow his father’s wishes and stay home or will he go along with popular opinion and join the rebels?

Join Jamie as he struggles with the political issues surrounding the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837.


Book Excerpt

Jamie picked up a pamphlet from the pile on the counter and turned it over.

“INDEPENDENCE” screamed the headline.

“Canadians! Do you love freedom? . . . Up then, brave Canadians! Get ready to fight; . . .”

There it was, in black and white!

Mr. Perry glanced at him. “It’s set for Thursday. It seems Governor Bond Head is about to declare martial law and arm the Indians and the Orangemen with the guns stored at city hall. If that happens, all is lost.”

Jamie shook his head. “He can’t.”

“That’s just it, Jamie. He can . . . and he will. Mackenzie has to stop him.” Mr. Perry paused and gave Jamie a hard look. “Are you interested in hearing more?”

Jamie nodded.

“You’re sure? Because the more you know, the more you’re committed.”


Had he just committed himself? Did that mean he was now a rebel?


Mary Hosmar

About the Author

Mary Hosmar is a retired teacher who has spent many years in the classroom passing on her love of history. She feels that one of the best ways to instill this love is to make history come alive by relating the stories around the facts.

Although this is her first full-length novel, Mary has spent years honing the fine skill of story-telling.

Mary lives in Oshawa, Ontario with her husband, John. Together they enjoy such activities as kayaking and camping, especially when all three children, their spouses and the eight delightful grandchildren are along.

Mary is currently working on a second novel dealing, in part, with the role the Canadian army played in the Netherland during the years immediately following World War II.


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