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

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Bibliographical Notes

Acomplete bibliography of French Canada in the period covered would be a considerable undertaking and would fill a small volume. The number of journals, newspapers, and pamphlets printed in the French province which deal with the events of the period is surprisingly large, and many contain valuable material although often gathered for local or purely antiquarian purposes. There are also many biographical and genealogical studies, reference to some of which is made in the footnotes since they furnish the clue to the personal relationships between Canadian leaders.

In general this book has been written from source material, in manuscript or in print. The most valuable secondary material has proved to be the recent monographs and the articles in the three Canadian historical journals: The Canadian Historical Review, Le Revue D'Histoire de L'Amèrique Francaise, and the Bulletin des Recherches Historiques. Papers read at meetings of the Royal Society of Canada and at the Canadian Historical Association and printed in the volumes of Proceedings are also of great value and have largely replaced the nineteenth-century biographies. No outstanding biographies, founded on a full study of private papers, have as yet appeared for any of the political leaders of Lower Canada, although it is to be hoped that a definitive biography of Papineau will follow the publication of his papers, now being carried on by Mr. Fernand Ouellet, the Assistant Archivist of the Province of Quebec.


Manuscript Material

The standard histories of the Canadian provinces have been largely based on the Governor's dispatches, which furnish one indispensable source. The original dispatches are in the Public Record Office in London, and, for the period after 1815, often contain interesting comments in the margins, or memoranda following the dispatches, made by the Colonial Secretary or members of his staff. During the period covered all confidential letters from the Governors dealing with provincial affairs, even though addressed to members of the staff with whom

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • List of Illustrations ix
  • Maps x
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • Part I - The Setting 1
  • I - The Province of Lower Canada 3
  • II - Lord Grenville's Act 23
  • Part II - The Struggle in the Colony: Governor Versus Assembly 39
  • III - Governor, Electorate, Assembly 41
  • IV - The Popular Party 58
  • V - Sir James Craig, 1807-11 77
  • VI - The Francophile Governor Sir George Prevost, 1811-15 95
  • VII - Sir John Coape Sherbrooke, I816-I8 109
  • VIII - Lord Dalhousie, 1820-28 124
  • Part III - The Struggle in the Colony: The Fundamental Issues 149
  • IX - The Question of Union 151
  • XII - The Question of Representation 187
  • XII - The Attack on the Councils 207
  • Part IV - The Reaction in England 223
  • XIII - Reaction in War 225
  • XIV - Reaction in Peace 243
  • XV - The Politics of the Colonial Office 260
  • XVI - The Mind of Parliament 277
  • Part V - The Ascendancy of French Canada 297
  • XVII - The Triumph of the Assembly 299
  • XVIII - The Work of the Assembly 311
  • XIX - The Forces Dividing 321
  • XX - The Catastrophe 335
  • XXI - The Election of 1834 355
  • Conclusion 374
  • Appendix 378
  • Bibliographical Notes 384
  • Notes 390
  • Index 419
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