Secretary of State Seward urges Great Lakes governors to fortify their lakeside ports against foreign threats
Secretary of State William Seward made public a circular issued to all the governors of the states bordering the Great Lakes between the United States and Canada recommending strongly that their harbors along the lakes be fortified against a possible attack from a foreign power. British and Canadian officials told the United States that this caused "uneasiness" and saw no need for such an order. (By John Osborne)
Oscar Douglas Skelton, The Life and Times of Sir Alexander Tilloch Galt (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1920), 315n.