Alexander Mackenzie, who became Canada's second prime minister, penned these words in the very first issue of the Lambton Shield, published on Friday, Jan. 9, 1852. Presented with the help of Bob McCarthy, now a contributing editor to the new LambtonShield.com.
The establishment of a newspaper, as may easily be conceived, is an under-taking involving considerable risk. Of many it may appropriately be said, “that they are born to die.” Yet, not withstanding of this mortality, especially during infancy, through unaccountable apathy of multitudes to the vast advantages of a well-conducted paper, there is a host which has survived to display a vigorous maturity, to enjoy a flattering prosperity and to yield a mighty influence over the destinies of man.
In taking this position in the midst of this company, for a premature death or pro-longed existence, there is the announcement made to the inhabitants of this rising County of the establishment of a new Journal, which shall be especially and warmly devoted to the protection of their rights, and the advancement of their interests, and we look to them for their encouragement and support.