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Conspiracy in Canada
01-15-2017, 03:56 PM
Post: #46
RE: Patrick Charles Martin
Jerry - This is what John Stanton replied in a post on this forum in March of 2013: Here's a bit more on Martin. Most of this is not news to you, but it helps with the chronological roder of events. We left Martin and his family in Baltimore in 1860. In 1861 he became involved with running the blockade. With his background as a "liquor dealer", I have to believe he became a "rum-runner". At some point be incurred the wrath of the Federal Government for what was said to be PIRACY on the Chesapeake Bay. I wish I could be more factual, and less vague, I have no choice. I have factual reports, but no confirmation. We may find the truth. Martin moved to Canada, along with his wife and Family. This may explain why we are unable to find records of his activity in the archives of the US. This entry into Canada is long befoe the arrival of Thompson, Clay, Cleary etc. I doubt that Martin was there as an assignment - he was merely hiding out.
In 1864, he began to make his move as a representative of the Rebs. In early summera group of irritated Maryland Planters to discuss a way to oppose the Federal Troops, in MAryland, that were stealing their freed Slaves. I need Laurie to jump in here to explain this situation. Maryland had freed thier slaves before the emancipation proclamation, but expected to be compensated for the loss. Then the Feds began to recruit the slaves - forceably. Patrick C. Martin was at this meeting. Why was he there ?????? I have to guess and say - he was known to these people, and he could represent Confederates.
In July, Booth was in Boston and met with 3 Confederates from Canada and ONE FROM BALTIMORE. The thinking is, that the one from Baltimore was Martin. I cannot accept that fully. The odd man could have been George P. Kane - the former Provost Marshal of Baltimore. I think that Martin had been in Canada for so long that he would be considered to be from Canada. But Kane was not known as "From Canada". (I don't know when Kane Moved to Canada, so he could have come from either place). It's an easy stretch to say Martin and or Kane. I base this on the fact that Kane lived with the Martin family when he was in Canada. Together, they developed some "diry tricks" , such as those that made the agents in Canada very famous. (Not infamous - FAMOUS). One Kane/Martin party was the release of the prisoners on Johnson Island. Part of that plan involved Mrs. Patrick C. Martin. She went to Johnson Island to alert the prisoners of the impending attempt.
By Oct. Martin was back in Canada -lucky for Booth that he was ther. Booth needed some one up there that he could trust. Thr one person that he knew was Martin- from his pre-war days in Baltimore. (quote Ed Steers, Jr.) I don't nee to tell you about the Oct 27 trip to the Bank of Onterio and the money manipulation they managed, nor about the letters of introductio that Martin provided to Booth.
Here's a bit of gossip - - - While Booth was in Montreal, he lived part time with the Martin family and took a likeing to Martin's 19 year old daughter, Margaret Martin.
More as I find it------

Note the reference to Ed Steers referencing Booth knowing Martin from pre-war days in Baltimore. Martin was not a native of Maryland didn't come to live in Baltimore until 1860. I hope Ed will chime in with some thoughts to your question. I have just assumed that Booth knew Martin from Baltimore and possible Confederate ties they both had in that city and that those ties were strengthened again when Martin became a Canadian Confederate.

Your thought on quinine smuggling is certainly a good one.
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01-15-2017, 04:54 PM
Post: #47
RE: Conspiracy in Canada
(01-15-2017 02:49 PM)JMadonna Wrote:  One mystery that I don't think has ever been explained is why Booth brought his wardrobe north to Canada when he had no acting jobs in his near future.

Jerry, here is one opinion. In My Thoughts Be Bloody author Nora Titone writes:

"John Wilkes traveled to Montreal, in the third week of October 1864. Here he attended a meeting of high-ranking Confederate spies who outlined in greater detail their plans for the abduction of President Lincoln. Booth apparently received a large sum of money from these agents—in excess of $1,500—with which to launch the conspiracy.

In the clearest sign yet that John had committed himself fully to this fateful course of action, he carried with him into Canada the trunk of costumes that once had belonged to his father. An actor’s wardrobe was his passport. Without the requisite garments in which to play Macbeth, Richard III, Hamlet, or Romeo, a traveling actor could not work. In Montreal, Booth entrusted these precious tools of his profession to a man named Martin. John Wilkes later told a friend that Martin would bring the trunk on board his vessel when he ran the Union blockade of Southern ports. This was a drastic measure. By shipping his best means of earning a living across Southern lines, John was turning his back on any future as an actor he might have had in the North and West. John’s action indicated he was preparing to leave his home and his family permanently behind."
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01-15-2017, 05:07 PM
Post: #48
RE: Patrick Charles Martin
My thought was that you don't recommend an actor you knew before the war to kidnap the president. You would nominate someone you worked with, under the guns and noses of the Feds.
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01-15-2017, 08:16 PM
Post: #49
RE: Patrick Charles Martin
(01-15-2017 05:07 PM)JMadonna Wrote:  My thought was that you don't recommend an actor you knew before the war to kidnap the president. You would nominate someone you worked with, under the guns and noses of the Feds.

Could they have worked together in the Knights of the Golden Circle?

Note to Roger - Can this topic be consolidated with the current one under the Books category? It seems that we are running two threads on the same person.
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01-16-2017, 06:01 AM
Post: #50
RE: Patrick Charles Martin
(01-15-2017 08:16 PM)L Verge Wrote:  Note to Roger - Can this topic be consolidated with the current one under the Books category? It seems that we are running two threads on the same person.

Yes, the two threads are now merged into one (this one).
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07-30-2019, 10:49 PM
Post: #51
RE: Patrick Charles Martin
Patrick Charles Martin's wife was Mary Ann Timmins from New Oxford (not Oxford) PA, Adams County, b. 29 Aug 1814. Baptized near there at Sacred Heart Basilica, where she married Patrick in 1837. She is listed living with her sister ('Boarding') on the 1880 US Census, age 66. She was mentioned by Patrick's father Charles in the 1842 trial for the 'Cicero' brig affair (newspaper reports), where he said she was from Oxford. No information on her after 1880, no PA death certificate that I can find on ancestry. I can't find any of their children after the Montreal period. I suspect that the family mostly went into hiding under assumed names after 1864.

Forgive me for bumping this after all these years, but I just found that maiden name and church registries.

(03-23-2013 08:31 PM)John Stanton Wrote:  Laurie, you had a wish to see Martin's family tree and therein find his relatives in MD. I have some old research on him, but it may not help you at all. He was born in New York in 1818. At about 1835 he married "Mary A." who was born in PA. in 1815. Their first child, also Mary A. was born in 1839 in MD. By 1845 they were living in Pittsburg, PA. and along came Margaret J. in 1845. followed by Patrick H. born 1848, Ellen Reagan in 1850. He was then a "Liquor Merchant". In 1860 they were back in Baltimore, and listed as "wealthy" Merchant and Francie D. (male) came along. In addition to these understandable births, there was also Elizabeth Dayle b 1850 and Margaret Dayle, in 1852, both born in GA. These two girls may be nieces, that he is raising. I never found ANY Dayles, anywhere, so the name may be Doyle. .Since Patrick died in 1864, the family dispesed. I read somewhere that Mary A. (Sr.) was found in a City Directory, living as a Widow. From this litte bit I don't see much chance of finding relatives in MD. I cant even find Martins. Do you want me to start up again? (after all he was a Spy and I'd like to know more.)

P. S. I forgot to add. I've never heard that Martin's body was found after the ship wreck, but Booth's Trunk, with all of his personal stuff was recovered and was auctioned off. Another item I have is - In Maryland marriage records , I found Patrick Martin married Mary A. on 23 Dec. 1838, in Baltimore County. I can't confirm that these are Our guys.

Madonna. This gives you a little info on Martin. Write to MD and get a Marriage Certif, and we will know Mary"s maiden name. It might be Martin. (Laurie note this). JFS
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08-07-2019, 11:07 PM
Post: #52
RE: Patrick Charles Martin
(07-30-2019 10:49 PM)margotdarby Wrote:  Patrick Charles Martin's wife was Mary Ann Timmins from New Oxford (not Oxford) PA, Adams County, b. 29 Aug 1814. Baptized near there at Sacred Heart Basilica, where she married Patrick in 1837. She is listed living with her sister ('Boarding') on the 1880 US Census, age 66. She was mentioned by Patrick's father Charles in the 1842 trial for the 'Cicero' brig affair (newspaper reports), where he said she was from Oxford. No information on her after 1880, no PA death certificate that I can find on ancestry. I can't find any of their children after the Montreal period. I suspect that the family mostly went into hiding under assumed names after 1864.

Forgive me for bumping this after all these years, but I just found that maiden name and church registries.

Margot,

Today I was consulting a booklet called To Make a Fortune: John Wilkes Booth - Following the Money Trail published by the Surratt Society. Inside the booklet is an image I don't recall seeing before of a gravestone in New Cathedral Cemetery in Baltimore which bears Patrick Martin's name. It is an obelisk and on one side of the obelisk are the following entries:

"Patrick C. Martin
Died at Sea 1865

Mary A. Martin
Died July 19, 1892

Margaret
Wife of Col. P. S. Bomus
Died Feb. 4, 1907"

The other sides of the obelisk are not pictured in the image so I do not know what other relatives are listed. From the picture, however, I was able to narrow down where in New Cathedral Cemetery the grave is. Here are the GPS coordinates for the gravestone: 39.287188, -76.685857

Coincidentally the Martin gravestone is located just just a few steps away from the grave of Nettie Mudd Monroe, Dr. Mudd's daughter.

I thought this information would be helpful to you in determining Mary Martin's date of death and burial. Perhaps New Cathedral has more information in their records about Patrick C. Martin as well.
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02-27-2021, 11:37 AM (This post was last modified: 02-27-2021 11:38 AM by Ernesto.)
Post: #53
RE: Patrick Charles Martin
(06-03-2013 03:23 AM)margotdarby Wrote:  Thanks. Pure happenstance!

Two or three days ago I was idly Googling 'George N. Sanders' or someone else in the charmed circle. I got a link to this symposium with a mention of Patrick C. Martin, and that sent me off on this tangent. I checked out P.C. Martin on some newspaper databases, and found a lot. I didn't think the results from 1841-42 could be this fellow--very young then, only around 24--but the vital information about him dovetailed perfectly with the other sparse bits we have.

I made one factual error in recounting the brig 'Cicero' case. Captain Cox was stabbed by P.C. Martin, but he did not die. The mate, a man named Brown, did. Cox was very much alive and provided testimony. It appears that Martin's brother-in-law did so too. It all looks like a family-firm feud that blew up badly.

Minor, later, newsprint about Patrick C. Martin and family: After moving to Pittsburgh, Mr. Martin suffered some business loss in the great city fire of 1845. The family was back in Baltimore by the early 1850s. They traveled to New York a lot, by steamboat and rail. In 1853 they were in all the papers as injured survivors of a head-on collision on a single-track stretch of the Camden and Amboy Railroad in Old Bridge, New Jersey. (To judge by the news coverage, this suicide-bend was already historical and notorious in 1853, and like the overbuilt B&O stone bridges in Baltimore it's been preserved for us. The East Brunswick Historical Society website proudly informs us that "The single track train built in 1832 still passes through the village [Historic District of Old Bridge].")

Further afield, I now have pretty good hunches that a) Patrick C. Martin knew James D. Bulloch prior to 1861, and this was his main connection to the circle; and b) he didn't die in an 1864 shipwreck near the mouth of the St. Lawrence, but merely lay low for a few years, while his wife listed herself as a "widow" in the Montreal directory. I'm sure many others have chased these suspicions down with more persistence than I have, but maybe I can come up with something.

Margot
do you have the reference for the symposium about Martin selling Catholic material. I'd like to follow up.
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02-28-2021, 11:00 AM
Post: #54
RE: Patrick Charles Martin
(02-27-2021 11:37 AM)Ernesto Wrote:  
(06-03-2013 03:23 AM)margotdarby Wrote:  Thanks. Pure happenstance!

Two or three days ago I was idly Googling 'George N. Sanders' or someone else in the charmed circle. I got a link to this symposium with a mention of Patrick C. Martin, and that sent me off on this tangent. I checked out P.C. Martin on some newspaper databases, and found a lot. I didn't think the results from 1841-42 could be this fellow--very young then, only around 24--but the vital information about him dovetailed perfectly with the other sparse bits we have.

I made one factual error in recounting the brig 'Cicero' case. Captain Cox was stabbed by P.C. Martin, but he did not die. The mate, a man named Brown, did. Cox was very much alive and provided testimony. It appears that Martin's brother-in-law did so too. It all looks like a family-firm feud that blew up badly.

Minor, later, newsprint about Patrick C. Martin and family: After moving to Pittsburgh, Mr. Martin suffered some business loss in the great city fire of 1845. The family was back in Baltimore by the early 1850s. They traveled to New York a lot, by steamboat and rail. In 1853 they were in all the papers as injured survivors of a head-on collision on a single-track stretch of the Camden and Amboy Railroad in Old Bridge, New Jersey. (To judge by the news coverage, this suicide-bend was already historical and notorious in 1853, and like the overbuilt B&O stone bridges in Baltimore it's been preserved for us. The East Brunswick Historical Society website proudly informs us that "The single track train built in 1832 still passes through the village [Historic District of Old Bridge].")

Further afield, I now have pretty good hunches that a) Patrick C. Martin knew James D. Bulloch prior to 1861, and this was his main connection to the circle; and b) he didn't die in an 1864 shipwreck near the mouth of the St. Lawrence, but merely lay low for a few years, while his wife listed herself as a "widow" in the Montreal directory. I'm sure many others have chased these suspicions down with more persistence than I have, but maybe I can come up with something.

Margot
do you have the reference for the symposium about Martin selling Catholic material. I'd like to follow up.

Ernesto, I can't find where I mentioned that in the forum, but it is referenced in a 1996 PhD dissertation later published as a book, about Irish employees of DuPont along the Brandywine in the early 1800s. Footnote reference seems to be to an ad in the (Phila.) Catholic Herald in January 1835. Dissertation text runs: "...Patrick C. Martin, who sold Catholic prayer books, pictures, beads, and crucifixes for a Baltimore-based company." As his father was a merchant and importer, this sounds likely. 1835 would be a couple of years before Patrick married Mary Ann Timmins.
(I will email you more text and a link to the dissertation pdf.)
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03-01-2021, 10:22 AM (This post was last modified: 03-01-2021 10:40 AM by Ernesto.)
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RE: Patrick Charles Martin
(02-28-2021 11:00 AM)margotdarby Wrote:  
(02-27-2021 11:37 AM)Ernesto Wrote:  
(06-03-2013 03:23 AM)margotdarby Wrote:  Thanks. Pure happenstance!

Two or three days ago I was idly Googling 'George N. Sanders' or someone else in the charmed circle. I got a link to this symposium with a mention of Patrick C. Martin, and that sent me off on this tangent. I checked out P.C. Martin on some newspaper databases, and found a lot. I didn't think the results from 1841-42 could be this fellow--very young then, only around 24--but the vital information about him dovetailed perfectly with the other sparse bits we have.

I made one factual error in recounting the brig 'Cicero' case. Captain Cox was stabbed by P.C. Martin, but he did not die. The mate, a man named Brown, did. Cox was very much alive and provided testimony. It appears that Martin's brother-in-law did so too. It all looks like a family-firm feud that blew up badly.

Minor, later, newsprint about Patrick C. Martin and family: After moving to Pittsburgh, Mr. Martin suffered some business loss in the great city fire of 1845. The family was back in Baltimore by the early 1850s. They traveled to New York a lot, by steamboat and rail. In 1853 they were in all the papers as injured survivors of a head-on collision on a single-track stretch of the Camden and Amboy Railroad in Old Bridge, New Jersey. (To judge by the news coverage, this suicide-bend was already historical and notorious in 1853, and like the overbuilt B&O stone bridges in Baltimore it's been preserved for us. The East Brunswick Historical Society website proudly informs us that "The single track train built in 1832 still passes through the village [Historic District of Old Bridge].")

Further afield, I now have pretty good hunches that a) Patrick C. Martin knew James D. Bulloch prior to 1861, and this was his main connection to the circle; and b) he didn't die in an 1864 shipwreck near the mouth of the St. Lawrence, but merely lay low for a few years, while his wife listed herself as a "widow" in the Montreal directory. I'm sure many others have chased these suspicions down with more persistence than I have, but maybe I can come up with something.

Margot
do you have the reference for the symposium about Martin selling Catholic material. I'd like to follow up.

Ernesto, I can't find where I mentioned that in the forum, but it is referenced in a 1996 PhD dissertation later published as a book, about Irish employees of DuPont along the Brandywine in the early 1800s. Footnote reference seems to be to an ad in the (Phila.) Catholic Herald in January 1835. Dissertation text runs: "...Patrick C. Martin, who sold Catholic prayer books, pictures, beads, and crucifixes for a Baltimore-based company." As his father was a merchant and importer, this sounds likely. 1835 would be a couple of years before Patrick married Mary Ann Timmins.
(I will email you more text and a link to the dissertation pdf.)

thanks margot
looking forward to it.

Margot
thanks to your clue I was able to track down the thesis:
Margaret M. Mulrooney, "labor at Home: the domestic world of workers at the du Pont Powder mills, 1802-1902. Ph.D thesis, college of William and Mary, 1996, p. 132
Her citation is Philadelphia Catholic Herald, 4/24/1834 and 1/8/1835.
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03-07-2021, 03:06 PM
Post: #56
RE: Conspiracy in Canada
(03-01-2021 10:22 AM)Ernesto Wrote:  
(02-28-2021 11:00 AM)margotdarby Wrote:  
(02-27-2021 11:37 AM)Ernesto Wrote:  
(06-03-2013 03:23 AM)margotdarby Wrote:  Thanks. Pure happenstance!

Two or three days ago I was idly Googling 'George N. Sanders' or someone else in the charmed circle. I got a link to this symposium with a mention of Patrick C. Martin, and that sent me off on this tangent. I checked out P.C. Martin on some newspaper databases, and found a lot. I didn't think the results from 1841-42 could be this fellow--very young then, only around 24--but the vital information about him dovetailed perfectly with the other sparse bits we have.

I made one factual error in recounting the brig 'Cicero' case. Captain Cox was stabbed by P.C. Martin, but he did not die. The mate, a man named Brown, did. Cox was very much alive and provided testimony. It appears that Martin's brother-in-law did so too. It all looks like a family-firm feud that blew up badly.

Minor, later, newsprint about Patrick C. Martin and family: After moving to Pittsburgh, Mr. Martin suffered some business loss in the great city fire of 1845. The family was back in Baltimore by the early 1850s. They traveled to New York a lot, by steamboat and rail. In 1853 they were in all the papers as injured survivors of a head-on collision on a single-track stretch of the Camden and Amboy Railroad in Old Bridge, New Jersey. (To judge by the news coverage, this suicide-bend was already historical and notorious in 1853, and like the overbuilt B&O stone bridges in Baltimore it's been preserved for us. The East Brunswick Historical Society website proudly informs us that "The single track train built in 1832 still passes through the village [Historic District of Old Bridge].")

Further afield, I now have pretty good hunches that a) Patrick C. Martin knew James D. Bulloch prior to 1861, and this was his main connection to the circle; and b) he didn't die in an 1864 shipwreck near the mouth of the St. Lawrence, but merely lay low for a few years, while his wife listed herself as a "widow" in the Montreal directory. I'm sure many others have chased these suspicions down with more persistence than I have, but maybe I can come up with something.

Margot
do you have the reference for the symposium about Martin selling Catholic material. I'd like to follow up.

Ernesto, I can't find where I mentioned that in the forum, but it is referenced in a 1996 PhD dissertation later published as a book, about Irish employees of DuPont along the Brandywine in the early 1800s. Footnote reference seems to be to an ad in the (Phila.) Catholic Herald in January 1835. Dissertation text runs: "...Patrick C. Martin, who sold Catholic prayer books, pictures, beads, and crucifixes for a Baltimore-based company." As his father was a merchant and importer, this sounds likely. 1835 would be a couple of years before Patrick married Mary Ann Timmins.
(I will email you more text and a link to the dissertation pdf.)

thanks margot
looking forward to it.

Margot
thanks to your clue I was able to track down the thesis:
Margaret M. Mulrooney, "labor at Home: the domestic world of workers at the du Pont Powder mills, 1802-1902. Ph.D thesis, college of William and Mary, 1996, p. 132
Her citation is Philadelphia Catholic Herald, 4/24/1834 and 1/8/1835.

Patrick Martin's travels often are not well documented. He had many connections with John Wilkes Booth, George P. Kane, and many of the other conspirators in Canada.
The reference noted in Margaret M. Mulrooney's dissertation was a single paragraph in a document of 445 pages. It cited The Philadelphia Catholic Herald from April 4, 1834, and January 8, 1835, describing Martin's business.
In fact, one Patrick C. Martin, whom we assume is the same Martin of the Canadian Confederacy, placed more than 20 ads in this Catholic Herald during 1834-1838. They all were offers for Catholic books and publications, beads, crucifixes, and pictures. The final advertisement, dated June 28, 1838, made no mention of closing his business, though some ads in 1836 said that he "...intends to decline selling as soon as possible."
These figures from December 18, 1834, and July 9, 1835, are examples of such ads from the Philadelphia Catholic Herald; they are taken from The Catholic News Archive where they are listed under the more general title of The Catholic Standard and Times.
       
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03-07-2021, 03:18 PM
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RE: Conspiracy in Canada
Dr. Greene sent me the files in case they might be easier to read:

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03-07-2021, 04:09 PM
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RE: Conspiracy in Canada
(03-07-2021 03:06 PM)Leon Greene Wrote:  
(03-01-2021 10:22 AM)Ernesto Wrote:  
(02-28-2021 11:00 AM)margotdarby Wrote:  
(02-27-2021 11:37 AM)Ernesto Wrote:  
(06-03-2013 03:23 AM)margotdarby Wrote:  *snip*

Margot
do you have the reference for the symposium about Martin selling Catholic material. I'd like to follow up.

Ernesto, I can't find where I mentioned that in the forum, but it is referenced in a 1996 PhD dissertation later published as a book, about Irish employees of DuPont along the Brandywine in the early 1800s. Footnote reference seems to be to an ad in the (Phila.) Catholic Herald in January 1835. Dissertation text runs: "...Patrick C. Martin, who sold Catholic prayer books, pictures, beads, and crucifixes for a Baltimore-based company." As his father was a merchant and importer, this sounds likely. 1835 would be a couple of years before Patrick married Mary Ann Timmins.
(I will email you more text and a link to the dissertation pdf.)

thanks margot
looking forward to it.

Margot
thanks to your clue I was able to track down the thesis:
Margaret M. Mulrooney, "labor at Home: the domestic world of workers at the du Pont Powder mills, 1802-1902. Ph.D thesis, college of William and Mary, 1996, p. 132
Her citation is Philadelphia Catholic Herald, 4/24/1834 and 1/8/1835.

Patrick Martin's travels often are not well documented. He had many connections with John Wilkes Booth, George P. Kane, and many of the other conspirators in Canada.
The reference noted in Margaret M. Mulrooney's dissertation was a single paragraph in a document of 445 pages. It cited The Philadelphia Catholic Herald from April 4, 1834, and January 8, 1835, describing Martin's business.
In fact, one Patrick C. Martin, whom we assume is the same Martin of the Canadian Confederacy, placed more than 20 ads in this Catholic Herald during 1834-1838. They all were offers for Catholic books and publications, beads, crucifixes, and pictures. The final advertisement, dated June 28, 1838, made no mention of closing his business, though some ads in 1836 said that he "...intends to decline selling as soon as possible."
These figures from December 18, 1834, and July 9, 1835, are examples of such ads from the Philadelphia Catholic Herald; they are taken from The Catholic News Archive where they are listed under the more general title of The Catholic Standard and Times.

Thank you very much, Leon. I did consult one newspaper database for the 1835 ad cited by Mulrooney, but the issue was missing and I didn't think to rummage through other issues of that paper. I'm familiar with the Standard and Times but did not know they had an extensive archive online, including the Herald. (Thanks for that too.) The timing of the ads is curious because according to Patrick's father, Patrick went to sea for a year or so at 16, which would mean 1833-34. Thus he almost immediately got into the devotional business after returning to Baltimore, and later moved on to something else after marrying Mary Ann Timmins in Pennsylvania in 1837. It appears he worked at his father's fruit-and-candy business at 52 N Gay St. (a couple blocks north of the present-day Harborplace) while intending to buy a share of a merchant ship, which he eventually did.
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RE: Conspiracy in Canada
(03-07-2021 04:09 PM)margotdarby Wrote:  
(03-07-2021 03:06 PM)Leon Greene Wrote:  
(03-01-2021 10:22 AM)Ernesto Wrote:  
(02-28-2021 11:00 AM)margotdarby Wrote:  
(02-27-2021 11:37 AM)Ernesto Wrote:  
Margot
do you have the reference for the symposium about Martin selling Catholic material. I'd like to follow up.

Ernesto, I can't find where I mentioned that in the forum, but it is referenced in a 1996 PhD dissertation later published as a book, about Irish employees of DuPont along the Brandywine in the early 1800s. Footnote reference seems to be to an ad in the (Phila.) Catholic Herald in January 1835. Dissertation text runs: "...Patrick C. Martin, who sold Catholic prayer books, pictures, beads, and crucifixes for a Baltimore-based company." As his father was a merchant and importer, this sounds likely. 1835 would be a couple of years before Patrick married Mary Ann Timmins.
(I will email you more text and a link to the dissertation pdf.)

thanks margot
looking forward to it.

Margot
thanks to your clue I was able to track down the thesis:
Margaret M. Mulrooney, "labor at Home: the domestic world of workers at the du Pont Powder mills, 1802-1902. Ph.D thesis, college of William and Mary, 1996, p. 132
Her citation is Philadelphia Catholic Herald, 4/24/1834 and 1/8/1835.

Patrick Martin's travels often are not well documented. He had many connections with John Wilkes Booth, George P. Kane, and many of the other conspirators in Canada.
The reference noted in Margaret M. Mulrooney's dissertation was a single paragraph in a document of 445 pages. It cited The Philadelphia Catholic Herald from April 4, 1834, and January 8, 1835, describing Martin's business.
In fact, one Patrick C. Martin, whom we assume is the same Martin of the Canadian Confederacy, placed more than 20 ads in this Catholic Herald during 1834-1838. They all were offers for Catholic books and publications, beads, crucifixes, and pictures. The final advertisement, dated June 28, 1838, made no mention of closing his business, though some ads in 1836 said that he "...intends to decline selling as soon as possible."
These figures from December 18, 1834, and July 9, 1835, are examples of such ads from the Philadelphia Catholic Herald; they are taken from The Catholic News Archive where they are listed under the more general title of The Catholic Standard and Times.

Thank you very much, Leon. I did consult one newspaper database for the 1835 ad cited by Mulrooney, but the issue was missing and I didn't think to rummage through other issues of that paper. I'm familiar with the Standard and Times but did not know they had an extensive archive online, including the Herald. (Thanks for that too.) The timing of the ads is curious because according to Patrick's father, Patrick went to sea for a year or so at 16, which would mean 1833-34. Thus he almost immediately got into the devotional business after returning to Baltimore, and later moved on to something else after marrying Mary Ann Timmins in Pennsylvania in 1837. It appears he worked at his father's fruit-and-candy business at 52 N Gay St. (a couple blocks north of the present-day Harborplace) while intending to buy a share of a merchant ship, which he eventually did.

leon, great follow up
what is your evidence for Booth having "many connections"with Kane? Kane was gone by the time
booth was in canada.
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03-08-2021, 05:40 PM
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RE: Conspiracy in Canada
(03-07-2021 06:50 PM)Ernesto Wrote:  
(03-07-2021 04:09 PM)margotdarby Wrote:  
(03-07-2021 03:06 PM)Leon Greene Wrote:  
(03-01-2021 10:22 AM)Ernesto Wrote:  
(02-28-2021 11:00 AM)margotdarby Wrote:  Ernesto, I can't find where I mentioned that in the forum, but it is referenced in a 1996 PhD dissertation later published as a book, about Irish employees of DuPont along the Brandywine in the early 1800s. Footnote reference seems to be to an ad in the (Phila.) Catholic Herald in January 1835. Dissertation text runs: "...Patrick C. Martin, who sold Catholic prayer books, pictures, beads, and crucifixes for a Baltimore-based company." As his father was a merchant and importer, this sounds likely. 1835 would be a couple of years before Patrick married Mary Ann Timmins.
(I will email you more text and a link to the dissertation pdf.)

thanks margot
looking forward to it.

Margot
thanks to your clue I was able to track down the thesis:
Margaret M. Mulrooney, "labor at Home: the domestic world of workers at the du Pont Powder mills, 1802-1902. Ph.D thesis, college of William and Mary, 1996, p. 132
Her citation is Philadelphia Catholic Herald, 4/24/1834 and 1/8/1835.

Patrick Martin's travels often are not well documented. He had many connections with John Wilkes Booth, George P. Kane, and many of the other conspirators in Canada.
The reference noted in Margaret M. Mulrooney's dissertation was a single paragraph in a document of 445 pages. It cited The Philadelphia Catholic Herald from April 4, 1834, and January 8, 1835, describing Martin's business.
In fact, one Patrick C. Martin, whom we assume is the same Martin of the Canadian Confederacy, placed more than 20 ads in this Catholic Herald during 1834-1838. They all were offers for Catholic books and publications, beads, crucifixes, and pictures. The final advertisement, dated June 28, 1838, made no mention of closing his business, though some ads in 1836 said that he "...intends to decline selling as soon as possible."
These figures from December 18, 1834, and July 9, 1835, are examples of such ads from the Philadelphia Catholic Herald; they are taken from The Catholic News Archive where they are listed under the more general title of The Catholic Standard and Times.

Thank you very much, Leon. I did consult one newspaper database for the 1835 ad cited by Mulrooney, but the issue was missing and I didn't think to rummage through other issues of that paper. I'm familiar with the Standard and Times but did not know they had an extensive archive online, including the Herald. (Thanks for that too.) The timing of the ads is curious because according to Patrick's father, Patrick went to sea for a year or so at 16, which would mean 1833-34. Thus he almost immediately got into the devotional business after returning to Baltimore, and later moved on to something else after marrying Mary Ann Timmins in Pennsylvania in 1837. It appears he worked at his father's fruit-and-candy business at 52 N Gay St. (a couple blocks north of the present-day Harborplace) while intending to buy a share of a merchant ship, which he eventually did.

leon, great follow up
what is your evidence for Booth having "many connections"with Kane? Kane was gone by the time
booth was in canada.

Ernesto-
Thanks for questioning my statement that Kane and Booth had "many connections." I may have overstated the case, but there is some evidence for connections - even friendship - between the two. Much of it is circumstantial; some is not.
Indeed, Kane had left Canada before Booth arrived in Montreal on October 18, 1864.
Here are a few tantalizing suggestions for an association between Kane and Booth:
• The Kane and Booth families were both from Baltimore. In fact, their early family homes were only about four blocks apart. The Kanes lived on Aisquith, between Comet and Douglas; the Booths lived at 62 Exeter, between Douglas and Fayette. Granted, many years separated their residences in these two places, but families and neighborhoods in Baltimore were very important and often remained so, even after a family moved away. (Remember, I admit that many "connections" are circumstantial. This one is VERY circumstantial.)
• Booth returned to Baltimore many times during his life after he had left for his acting career. His friendship with Samuel Arnold and Michael O'Laughlen persisted after Booth began his stage performances in other cities (that was one of those family/neighborhood bonds - the O'Laughlens lived at 57 Exeter in Baltimore). For example, Booth was in Baltimore only one day after the April 19, 1861, "Pratt Street Riot" when the Massachusetts troops went through the city on their way to strengthen the defenses of Washington, D.C., against Southern forces. [See the Eutaw House Register at the Maryland Center for History and Culture, MS 2089, unpaginated, entry for April 20, 1861.] Both Kane and Booth were famous by this time, and it is possible that Kane was informed of Booth's presence downtown where the rioting took place. (This is yet another circumstance - not proof that they met during that week.)
• The most likely venue for a friendship between Kane and Booth was the theatre. Kane, in fact, was an aspiring actor in his early years. He played small roles in the theatres of Baltimore, and contemporary Baltimore historian John Thomas Scharf said that Kane was actually well received as an actor. Kane performed at the Adelphi Theatre (the "Mud Theatre") and likely at others. There was a considerable age gap between Kane and Booth (Kane would have been about 38 years old when John Wilkes Booth made his debut at Baltimore's Charles Street Theatre at age 17), so it is unlikely that Kane and the younger Booth acted together in the same performances. However, Kane continued his interest in the theatre after he abandoned his own acting career.
• It is most likely that Kane began his association with the Booth family through John Wilkes' father, Junius Brutus Booth. Kane thus probably met the younger Booth through the older. Kane supported many theatre events on the Baltimore scene, and the Booth family was intimately involved in multiple theatres in Baltimore. John Wilkes Booth only performed at the Charles Street and at the Holliday Theatres, while his father Junius Brutus Booth played the Adelphi, the Holliday, and the Front Street Theatres, often alternating from one site to the other. Kane was part owner and investor in Baltimore theatres and theatrical companies. Kane was also listed in ads in the Baltimore Sun as a member of committees supporting Junius Booth's plays. One such advertisement from February 1852 for the Holliday Street Theatre had Kane listed as a member of the committee to raise funds for one T. J. Barton, a local supporter of the arts in Baltimore. Acting for that event was Junius Brutus Booth, "The Great Tragedian." Certainly Kane and the elder Booth must have interacted through this benefit performance.
• Kane may also have had a connection to John Wilkes Booth through Edwin Booth. During the time that Kane was a "bit actor" on the stage, playbills often mysteriously listed only the first names of the actors in a production, as if the Baltimore crowd knew the actors well. Many playbills from the era of 1850-1852 list an "Edwin" and a "George" together in the same production. (This is more circumstance, but the juxtaposition of these names could signify yet another connection between the Booths and the Kanes.) And the other famous actor of the day named Edwin - Edwin Forrest - was not acting in Baltimore at the time.
• The Charles Street Theatre, where John Wilkes Booth had his debut on August 14, 1855, began as the Howard Athenium, or "Howard Athenium and Gallery of Arts," opening on June 12, 1848. It seated about 800-1,000 playgoers. It originally existed under the direction of Charles Howard and John Hill Hewitt; the managing company was comprised of John Hill Hewitt, John K. Randall, George P. Kane, and Charles Howard. So Kane was a principal in the theatre where John Wilkes Booth started his professional career. The theatre was renamed Arnold's Olympic Theatre (or simply the Olympic Theatre) after George Joseph Arnold, in the spring of 1853. Edwin Booth was a member of the Thespian Association that worked at Arnold's Olympic Theatre. After a renovation in the summer of 1853, the venue re-opened on September 12, 1853, under the direction of John E. Owens. This theatre was soon transferred to the direction of the Kemble Company of Baltimore, some of whose prominent members and owners were William Key Howard, George Proctor Kane, William R. Travers, and William Sperry, and others. The theatre was re-opened as the Charles Street Theatre in December 1853. Thus, Kane was closely connected to this theatre where John Wilkes Booth began his career. It would seem plausible that Kane and John Wilkes Booth at least met during this time.
• As a well-known businessman, Kane might likely have interacted with the well-known Booth family of actors.
• As the Chief of Police, Kane may have had occasion to deal with the famous Booths, who tended to imbibe to excess.
• Even less certain as a possible connection between John Wilkes Booth and Kane occurred on July 26, 1864, at the Parker Hotel in Boston. [Crane, Cordial, to E. M. Stanton. Letter, May 30, 1865. NARA. Investigation and Trial Papers Relating to the Assassination of President Lincoln, Record Group 153, M-599, Roll 3.] There John Wilkes Booth met with four other men on that date, the four other men likely using aliases. One A. J. Bursted (or Rursted, the handwriting is unclear) was from Baltimore, and some historians believe that he was George Kane. Others think that this Bursted was Patrick C. Martin, who was also from Baltimore. The evidence for either identification is pure speculation, however, based solely upon both Kane's and Martin's connections to Baltimore.
• The most concrete evidence for any friendship between Kane and John Wilkes Booth was Booth's statement made in March 1862 in New York at Mary Provost's Theatre located at 485 Broadway near Broome Street. As those present for a rehearsal were discussing political events, someone mentioned Marshal Kane's arrest in Baltimore. Everyone there knew that Kane was still imprisoned at Fort Warren in Boston. Someone said that the person who ordered Kane's arrest in Baltimore in June 1861 should be shot. Booth allegedly said, "Yes, sir, you are right! I know George P. Kane, he is my friend, and the man who could drag him from the bosom of his family for no crime whatever, but a mere suspicion that he may commit one some time, deserves a dog's death!" (emphasis added). Another quotation of this interchange has Booth saying "I know George P. Kane well...." Booth's words, demeanor, and the intensity of his emotion, as reported by those hearing him, seemed to indicate that he did, indeed, have a close personal connection with Kane. [Jennings, John J. Theatrical and Circus Life; or, Secrets of the Stage, Green-Room and Sawdust Arena (St. Louis: Dan Linahan & Co., 1882), pp.479-480.]
• However, later reports from 1864 told of Booth's request to have a letter of introduction to Kane, one that he allegedly obtained from Patrick C. Martin in Montreal. These two "facts" are contradictory - (1) Booth's statement of friendship with Kane and Booth's outcry against Kane's imprisonment, and (2) Booth's need for a letter of introduction to Kane. It is possible that the letter provided by Martin actually contained incriminating information about John Wilkes Booth's plans to support the North by some scheme, or even Booth's desire to kidnap or assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. A conspiracy theorist (I'm not) might even suggest that the letter contained a request from Booth (through Martin) for Kane to help with such a plan. The stated need for an introduction to Kane could have been a subterfuge. Kane later admitted to receiving this letter from Martin about Booth, but Kane had hid this letter to keep it from being discovered. Kane's description years later of the letter's contents varied from what Booth had requested of Martin. Kane, at the time that he originally read the letter in March or April of 1865 additionally denied ever having known Booth, a statement that would seem quite implausible, given the circumstances of both of their backgrounds in Baltimore and my speculations noted above. Further, everyone knew of Booth, so Kane's statement that "...I doubt that I had ever heard of him" seems quite disingenuous. Kane also said of his reading of the letter and of the reports of Booth's assassination of Lincoln, "I endeavored to recall where I had heard that name." These statements simply have the ring of untruth. However, at the time that Kane reported about this letter [New York Daily Graphic, March 22, 1876], Lincoln's assassination had already long since occurred, yet everyone was still trying to distance himself from the president's murderer. Certainly, at the time Kane first read the letter in March or April of 1865, he would have wanted to deny any association with Booth. This alleged letter from Martin to Kane has never been found.

These are just a few of the possible "many connections." So maybe Kane and John Wilkes Booth were well acquainted. Who knows?
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