Letters from Van Dieman's Land: Written During Four Years Imprisonment for Political Offences Committed in Upper Canada

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A. W. Wilgus, 1843 - Canada - 356 pages
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Page 300 - I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan : very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women. 27 How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished 1 DAVID ANOINTED KINd OF JUDAH.
Page 1 - Wait, Benjamin. Letters from Van Dieman's Land, written during four years imprisonment for political offences committed in Upper Canada. Embodying, also, letters.
Page 8 - the almost unlimited extent of the patronage of the Crown, or rather of the Colonial Minister for the time being, and his advisers here, together with the abuse of that patronage, are the chief sources of colonial discontent.
Page 158 - Oh for a tongue to curse the slave, Whose treason, like a deadly blight, Comes o'er the councils of the brave, And blasts them in their hour of might...
Page 23 - Church, and to supply from time to time such vacancies as may happen therein ; and that every person so presented to any such parsonage or rectory, shall hold and enjoy the same, and all rights, profits and emoluments, thereunto belonging or granted, as fully and amply, and in the same manner, and on the same terms and conditions, and liable to the performance of the same duties, as the incumbent of a parsonage or rectory in England.
Page 39 - It seemed, too, as if the dominant party made use of the occasion afforded it by the real guilt of a few desperate and imprudent men, in order to persecute or disable the whole body of their political opponents. A great number of perfectly innocent individuals were thrown into prison, and suffered in person, property, and character. The whole body of reformers were subjected to suspicion, and to harassing proceedings, instituted by magistrates whose political leanings were notoriously adverse to...
Page 39 - It cannot be matter of surprise, that such facts and such impressions produced in the country an exasperation and a despair of good Government, which extended far beyond those who had actually been defeated at the poll. For there was nothing in the use which the leaders of the Assembly have made of their power, to soften the discontent excited by their alleged mode of obtaining it. Many even of those who...
Page 38 - The Reformers, however, at last discovered that success in the elections insured them very little practical benefit ; for, the official party not being removed when it failed to command a majority in the Assembly, still continued to wield all the powers of the Executive Government, to strengthen itself by its patronage, and to influence the policy of the colonial governor and of the Colonial Department at home. By its secure majority in the Legislative Council, it could effectually control the legislative...
Page 13 - Mr. Stanley had been one of the few who thought that " something might be done, with great advantage, to give a really responsible character to the executive council, which at present is a perfectly anomalous body, hardly recognized by the constitution, and chiefly effective as a source of patronage.
Page 49 - ... shall be drawn on a hurdle to the place of execution, and be...

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