A Plain Statement of the Quarrel with Canada, in which is Considered who First Infringed the Constitution of the Colony

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James Ridgway and Sons, 1838 - Canada - 20 pages
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Page 18 - ... the scaffold ; and if, which is possible, we should find it expedient to yield up to our colonists, a dearly bought independence, let not the last memento we leave them of our rule, be the gibbet of those men, who whatever we may think of their character, will be ever regarded by their countrymen, as the authors of their nationality, the first assertors of their freedom.
Page 15 - It will not be said that, in this sense of the "word, the Canadian insurgents are committing treason against the Constitution of Canada ; for their Legislature is broken up, and in the dismemberment of that body, to which, when united, they owe their allegiance, each party is but...
Page 15 - Too much by far has been said of treason in this case, and that by men who should think less of antiquated laws, and more of modern rights. Once, indeed, rebellion against the Sovereign, under any circumstances, and by whatever authority, was called treason, and it is still so written in our law books...
Page 18 - ... ruin ? Would not the world see, it was the sacrifice of the chiefs of one people, to the interests of another ; should not we feel, that it was vengeance we were inflicting, under the name and with the forms of justice? It is not thus, whatever we choose to make the issue of this contest, that it 17 behoves us either to vindicate our quarrel, or to reassert our rights.
Page 16 - ... that no legitimate object of obedience is to be found complete and unimpaired within the limits of Canada ; and if the...

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