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d expensiveness of Westminster Hall were introduced into the impoverished province; and English justice and English offices seemed to the poor Canadians an ingenious device to drain them of the little substance which was still left to them.
Carlton to Shelburne, 24 Dec. 1767. In the one hundred and ten rural parishes there were but nineteen Protestant families.
The rest of the Protestants were a few half-pay officers, disbanded soldiers, traders, mechanics, and publicans, who resided in Quebec and Montreal, most of them fol-
chap. X.} 1764. Sept. lowers of the army, of low education, all with their fortunes to make, and little solicitous about the means;
Murray to Shelburne, 30 August, 1766: I report them to be, in general, the most immoral collection of men I ever knew. so that, as the Catholics were disfranchised, magistrates were to be made, and juries composed from about four hundred and fifty suttlers and traders— men of narrow ideas, ignorant, and intoxicated with unexpe