Not being permitted to return home [Toronto], I will leave my address in the west with James Marshall, Youngstown, N.Y. and send it to W. L. Mackenzie, 401 Houston Street, in this city, (formerly of Toronto) and will be happy to reply to any post paid inquiries respecting my late comrades.(1)
After arriving, I found that a Mr. Gemmel had likewise made his happy exit from V.D.L., a month after our [Wait and Chandler] escape, but had arrived a month before us. He ascribes his good fortune to the liberty he obtained with the ticket of leave, which in a handsome card to the public, he attributes to the exertions of Mrs. Wait.(2)
- Gemmell, NY Plebeian, transcription, pp.11-12.
- Wait, p. 144, p. 9 (footnote #4,) p. 120. Maria Wait sailed to England to obtain a pardon for her husband, but was denied an audience with the Queen.
- Scott, “A Frontier Spirit”, p. 65.
- Thomas, p.64. A railroad line from Detroit to Jackson began regular operation in December 1841.
- James Gemmell Obituary, The Dillon Tribune, April 9, 1881.
- James Gemmell, Letter to W.L. Mackenzie, January 24, 1843.