By Beverley Boissery

ISBN-10: 1550022423

ISBN-13: 9781550022421

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As leaders of the patriotes they had not 'struggled for independence' but towards 'the true spirit of the British constitution and British liberty,' and 'if there be guilt in high aspirations' such as those, they confessed and pleaded guilty. Such sophistry was unacceptable. After a week or so Simpson and Durham's secretary, Charles Buller, extracted a second document from the eight. This contained an admission of participation in the rebellion but not of guilt. 16 The amnesty and the onset of summer encouraged many fugitives to * The word 'dit7 ('also called7 in English) following the surname indicated that the person had a popular name, such as the name of a geographical place to distinguish a particular family, a nickname, or the name of a family that had informally 'adopted7 the person or an ancestor (there was no legal adoption until the twentieth century).

56 In this atmosphere the churches throughout the colony included Te Deums for the new ruler and her family in their services. The patriote reaction was immediate. 57 As habitants elsewhere exited their churches each Sunday after listening to one sermon, the patriotes preached another, a political one, on the steps. Inflammatory articles in the patriote newspapers La Minerve and the Vindicator, as well as the anti-coercion meetings, highlighted parallels between the American Revolution and the Canadiens' struggles.

Notice that if he preaches Next Sunday, he will be torn from the pulpit/76 The Roman Catholic Church carried its support for the English crown to extremes, at one stage asking its priests to explain to the people that the fiery destruction in the rebellion's aftermath was necessary 'for the protection of the ... '77 Contributing to the desolation, Lartigue denied the sacraments to patriotes and banned the burial of rebel dead in consecrated ground, a denial that seemed vengeful and inexcusable to their grieving families.

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