George Brown's 1849 Report on Kingston Penitentiary

1849-1856
Kingston Penitentiary circa 1906. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Kingston Penitentiary circa 1906. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

Macdonald denounces George Brown's 1849 report on Kingston Penitentiary and accuses Brown of bias. His defence of warden Smith, father of his close friend Henry Smith, is unwavering. During a political debate seven years later Macdonald again raises the penitentiary study, and falsely accuses Brown of having "suborned convict witnesses" and "obtained the pardon of murderers to induce false evidence."