The War of 1812 was not kind to William Hull’s reputation. He like many other Americans, including Thomas Jefferson1, mistakenly supposed that the Canadians would welcome the invading Americans with open arms.
The arms with which they greeted the Americans were of a different sort. Little more than a month after this proclamation was issued, Hull would surrender Detroit. An action for which he was court-martialed and sentenced to death. (Madison commuted his sentence.)
1“… the acquisition of Canada this year, as far as the neighborhood of Quebec, will be a mere matter of marching, and will give us the experience for the attack on Halifax, the next and final expulsion of England from the American continent.” Thomas Jefferson, 1812