Essays by David R. Beasley

From time to time, David will publish Essays and other documents which you may download here free of charge. Simply choose one of the Essays in the table below to begin your download. A description of the files can be found below the table.

NameSizeLast Mod.
Beasley_and_Lundy_Lane.pdf 235 Kb 2022-04-26
Bloody_Beginings_Sources.pdf 94 Kb 2022-04-26
Brock at Burlington Heights.pdf 477 Kb 2022-04-26
Duchamp_as_a_critic.pdf 125 Kb 2022-04-26
RankinsRoles.doc 370 Kb 2022-04-26
RankinsRoles.pdf 212 Kb 2022-04-26
Rankins_Endnotes.pdf 178 Kb 2022-04-26
RB, photos for the essay.pdf 1431 Kb 2022-04-26
Richard Beasley.pdf 51 Kb 2022-04-26
Taking_Sides.pdf 2034 Kb 2022-04-26
The Undermining of the Crusader Myth and the Awakening of the Sexual Woman.pdf 64 Kb 2022-04-26
Fenian Invasions.pdf 122 Kb 2022-05-03

Note that some of these are in PDF format and you will need the FREE Acrobat Reader
which can be downloaded from

From Bloody Beginnings - Sources for the book

McKee Rankin and the Heyday of the American Theatre
A FREE document listing all of Rankin's performances and the role played is available here in PDF or MicroSoft Word format. "Rankin's Roles" comprises every role Rankin played with play and theatre from 1860 to 1914.

Taking Sides
Political and social divisions in the Niagara area from 1780 to 1845.
The following essay was intended to be given as a talk with emphasis on slide illustrations at the Niagara Falls (Canada) Public Library in June 2011 as part of The Making of Niagara lecture series. Since the lectures previous to mine were poorly attended, the organizer cancelled mine a couple of days before I was to give it. Thus I present it here in recompense.


Representing my ancestor Richard Beasley, Colonel of the 2nd York Regiment of Militia, I greeted General Isaac Brock on August 7, 2012 on Burlington Heights as he gathered volunteers to take with him to Amherstburg to defend the western country against an American invasion from Fort Detroit. I gave the talk with illustrations at the Coach House of Dundurn Castle.


 A close look at the battle in which Richard Beasley from the 2nd York and others from the 5th Lincoln were charged with cowardice for political reasons and the dissection of such charges to illustrate their improbability.



Click to enlarge Here are the pictures from a Hamilton Newspaper, probably from the 1920s, when Sir John Gibson reads the inscription on the monument at Dundurn, Burlington Heights, about the Loyalists and Richard Beasley, which I refer to in my blog “Creative nonfiction and our history” entered on Oct 4, 2014. Some of Richard Beasley’s descendants are present, according to the newspaper.
Click image to enlarge



PayPal Verified SealDavus Publishing books can be purchased on-line
(unless otherwise noted) through PayPal's Secure System
that accepts major credit cards.
They can also be purchased at various locations
listed on our 'Where to buy' page.


© 2010 Davus Publishing - All Rights Reserved - Terms & Conditions