The Revolt of French Canada, 1800-1835: A Chapter of the History of the British Commonwealth

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PART IV
THE REACTION IN ENGLAND

'I can assure you that we are fully convinced of the evils which have arisen from the Act of 1791, and of the absurdity of giving what is falsely called the British Constitution to a people whose education, habits and prejudices render them incapable of receiving it. But the evil is done; our steps cannot be easily retraced. We must endeavour in the first instance, to make the best use we can of the instrument which has been put into our hands, but above all we must avoid tampering with it. If Parliament is to be called upon for its interposition it must be by decisive and effectual measures, such as will prevent altogether the recurrence of the evils again; and it appears to us that it would be in vain to expect such measures from Parliament without a case far stronger, and very different in its nature than that which we could bring at present under consideration.'

Lord Liverpool to Sir James Craig, September 1810.

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