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24 The first great scare of 1832 showed the extent of the tension that existed in Canada as it awaited cholera. In March, 'a most virulent and contagious disease' erupted at Lundy's Lane and Chippewa near Niagara. A public meeting held on 1 April at Niagara heard that twenty workers had been attacked and eleven had died. The meeting resolved to ask Sir John Colborne to send medical men from York to make a diagnosis of the disease which one correspondent said was 'worse 20 A Darkened House than any account I have read of the cholera/ Medical men had already been sent to the district when this request was made, but they differed over the nature of the disease.
On one occasion, he wrote, he was driven away from a vessel when the passengers and crew poured dirty water into his boat. 'The people continuing to pour water over my head, I conceived the insult to be intentional, and I left the vessel/ His duties were, he claimed, 'the most laborious, the most dangerous and the most invidious of all those engaged in the Health Department/ but he was judged to have neglected them and he was dismissed in February 1833. When the House of Assembly called for the papers in the case, Aylmer refused to forward them as the dismissal was 'in the exercise of the undoubted prerogative of the Crown/29 The board had difficulties not only with the health officer but also with the profession at large.
C. '44 Recent studies by social historians of Lower Canada suggest the impact that the epidemic had in the province. 7 per thousand in the province, and to 74 per thousand in Montreal and 82 per thousand in Quebec. This compared with an average annual mortality of 37 per thousand. Contemporaries were right when they said that these rates exceeded those of any European city. The surviving evidence, however, suggests that contemporaries were wrong when they assumed that the most severely affected group were the most 49 Calculated to unman the ...