State of the Present Form of Government of the Province of Quebec: With a Large Appendix; Containing Extracts from the Minutes of an Investigation Into the Past Administration of Justice in that Province

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J. Debrett, 1789 - Quebec (Province) - 176 pages
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Page 93 - ... become inhabitants thereof, we have thought fit to publish and declare, by this our proclamation, that we have in the letters patent under our great seal of Great Britain by which the said governments are constituted, given express power and direction to our governors of our...
Page 94 - Inhabitants thereof, as near as may be agreeable to the Laws of England, and under such Regulations and Restrictions as are used in other Colonies; and in the mean Time, and until such Assemblies can be called as aforesaid, all Persons Inhabiting in or resorting to our Said Colonies may confide in our Royal Protection for the Enjoyment of the Benefit of the Laws of our Realm of England...
Page 93 - People so to be summoned as aforesaid, to make, constitute, and ordain Laws, Statutes, and Ordinances for the Public Peace, Welfare, and good Government of our said Colonies, and of the People and Inhabitants thereof, as near as may be agreeable to the Laws of England, and under such Regulations and Restrictions as are used in other Colonies...
Page 85 - When different legislative bodies succeed one another, the people who have a bad opinion of that which is actually...
Page 72 - ... into disagreements : it is the necessary result of opposite interests, or ideas. Different perceptions make men appear like different animals one towards another. I conceive that no laws in the detail can be well formed for any country but by a legislative body upon the spot ; because such a body best knows its own wants, and how to find the means, and how to apply them. The colonies of Georgia and Nova Scotia were long drooping under a military government. The extraordinary improvements of them,...
Page 84 - As, in a free ftate, every man who is fuppofed a free agent, ought to be his own governor ; fo the legiflative power fhould refide in the whole body of the people. But fince this is impoffible in large ftates, and in fmall ones is...
Page 68 - ... sentiments of the whole community, there is a state of the most perfect political liberty. On the other hand, in countries where a man is, by his birth or fortune, excluded from these offices, or from a power of voting for proper...
Page 93 - ... and ordinances for the public peace, welfare, and good government of our faid colonies, and of the people and inhabitants thereof, as near as may be, agreeable to the laws...
Page 99 - Goal in point of security occasions a Guard of Soldiers to be kept in the lower part of it, and even with that precaution, many atrocious offenders have escaped, insomuch that the Sheriff of the District has refused to confine Debtors, unless the Prosecutor...

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