Essex County (Ontario) Newspapers


James Augustus Reeves



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Place of Publication

Amherstburg, Ontario


Title Variation
Amherstburg Courier and Western District Advertiser

Publication Dates
1849: March 10th - 1854?


Online Holdings
1849: Mar. 10 4p.; 1849: Mar. 17 4p.; 1849: Mar. 24 4p.; 1849: Apr. 7 4p. Pages 3 and 4 are damaged; 1849: Apr. 14 4p.; 1849: Apr. 21 4p.; 1849: Apr. 28 4p.; 1849: May 5 4p.; 1849: May 19 4p.; 1849: May 26 4p.; 1849: June 2 4p.; 1849: June 9 4p.; 1849: June 16 4p.; 1849: June 23 4p.; 1849: June 30 4p.; 1849: July 7 4p.; 1849: July 14 4p.; 1849: July 21 4p.; 1849: Aug. 11 4p.; 1849: Aug. 18 4p.; 1849: Aug. 25 4p.; 1849: Sept. 1 4p.; 1849: Sept. 8 4p.; 1849: Sept. 15 4p.; 1849: Sept. 22 4p.; 1849: Sept. 29 4p.; 1849: Oct. 7 4p.; 1849: Oct. 13 4p.; 1849: Oct. 20 4p.; 1849: Oct. 27 4p.; 1849: Nov. 3 4p.; 1849: Nov. 10 4p.; 1849: Nov. 17 4p.; 1849: Nov. 24 4p.; 1849: Dec. 1 4p. Pages 3 and 4 are very poor quality; 1849: Dec. 8 4p.; 1849: Dec. 15 4p.; 1850: Jan. 5 4p.; 1850: Jan. 12 4p.; 1850: Jan. 19 4p.; 1850: Jan. 26 4p.; 1850: Feb. 2 4p.; 1850: Feb. 9 4p. Pages 1 and 2 are damaged; 1850: Aug. 31 4p


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The Amherstburg Courier was a politically conservative newspaper founded by James Augustus Reeves on March 10th, 1849. He was the publisher, owner, and original editor. That same Spring, he fell seriously ill with consumption. His childhood friend, Charles Sangster, who later became a well-known poet, took over the editorship from June 1st onwards (see Nov. 24th, p. 2). Some of his writings, e.g. The Sniffletons, were included in the newspaper.

The Amherstburg Courier was a 6 column, 4 page newspaper, published every Saturday, from an office on Dalhousie Street, opposite the British North American Hotel. It was "devoted to news, literature, agriculture, miscellaneous intelligence, and amusement". It cost 10 to 15 shillings per annum, depending on the method of payment and delivery. However, "all kinds of produce or cord wood [were] taken in exchange for the paper, at the market price".

James Augustus Reeves was born on April 4th, 1820 in Quebec City and spent most of his childhood in Kingston. There, he apprenticed as a printer with the newspaper, The Kingston Chronicle And Gazette. During the Rebellion of 1837-1838, he served his country as a volunteer and was believed to be present at the Yonge Street affair in Toronto (The Canadian Album: Men of Canada, vol. 2, page 276). From about 1839-1849, he resided in Sandwich, where he was employed as the foreman in the office of the newspaper, the Western Standard. He then moved to Amherstburg to found the Amherstburg Courier. Unfortunately, he died in Sandwich on October 4th, 1849, only 7 months after the newspaper's debut. Shortly afterwards, Charles Sangster resigned as editor and moved back to Kingston. On page 2 of the November 24th, 1849 issue, his successor, I. B. Boyle, wrote: "The policy of this paper will remain unchanged. The leading doctrines of the great Conservative, or British American, party will receive a hearty support, while the ruinous and degrading measures of the present Rebel Rewarding Government will meet at our hands that treatment they so richly merit…" In later years, Charles Wiggins, John Richmond, and Colin Fox were also editors. James Aitken was the publisher in 1851. The Amherstburg Courier likely ceased about 1854.

Updated: Katharine Ball, December, 2019

Sources of our Digitized Holdings

1849: Mar. 10 – 1850: Feb. 9 were scanned from the print originals held at Fort Malden, Amherstburg, Ontario; 1850: Aug. 31 was scanned from the print original held at the Windsor Community Museum, Windsor, Ontario; 1849: Dec. 1, pages 3 and 4 were taken from our microfilm, which is virtually illegible. These 2 pages were missing from the print original at Fort Malden.

Other Potential Holdings

Toronto Public Library. Baldwin Collection may have: 1850: Nov. 23; Archives of Ontario may have: 1851: July 5

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Amherstburg Courier



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