I would like to thank D.M.R. Bentley, R.J. Shroyer and their dedicated team of students and scholars at the University of Western Ontario for their encouragement, advice, and technical assistance during the researching, writing, and preparation of this edition. I am particularly indebted to David Bentley for his insightful introduction to this edition and for his invaluable comments and suggestions throughout the project and to Richard Shroyer, whose technical expertise, critical eye, and good humour have made my task both enlightening and enjoyable. I would also like to express my gratitude to George Parker of the Royal Military College in Kingston for sharing his research on Burwell with me. To Lloyd Burwell go my thanks for allowing me access to information gathered from his family records. In addition, there are many to whom I am grateful for the exchange of ideas which have helped shape this edition: in particular, J.J. Talman, R.M. Stingle, and Joseph Zezulka. Further thanks are owing to the staffs at D.B. Weldon Library, the Baldwin Room at the Toronto Reference Library (especially Tania Henley and William Parker), and the Niagara Historical Resource Centre for their generous amounts of time and assistance; for their patient proofreading and computing assistance during the final preparation of the edition: Susan Bailey, Joan Binnindyk, Judith Catton, Therese Clohosey, Jennifer Hall, Denise Heffron, Kathy Williams, and, again, R.J. Shroyer.

I would also like to thank the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the University of Western Ontario for the generosity that enabled me to undertake and complete this project.

Finally, I gratefully acknowledge my great debt to my wife, Kathy, and our children, Luke, Zachary, and Duncan, for their uncon­ditional love and unflagging support, without which I could have never "summon[ed] dark futurity to light."