‘In Search of the Phantom Misnamed Honour’: Duelling in Upper Canada

  title={‘In Search of the Phantom Misnamed Honour’: Duelling in Upper Canada},
  author={Cecilia Louise Morgan},
  journal={The Canadian Historical Review},
  pages={529 - 562}
  • C. Morgan
  • Published 1 December 1995
  • History
  • The Canadian Historical Review
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