A Canadian Manor and Its Seigneurs eBook

George MacKinnon Wrong
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deals especially with the life of the habitants.  Philippe Aubert de Gaspe’s “Les anciens Canadiens,” (Quebec, 1863), and his “Memoires” (Ottawa, 1866), contain much that is interesting on the life of a Canadian manor.  So also do H.R.  Casgrain’s “Une Paroisse Canadienne au XVIIe Siecle,” Oeuvres Completes, Vol.  I (Montreal, 1884), and Parkman’s “The Old Regime in Canada,” (Boston, 1893).  W. Bennett Munro’s “The Seigniorial System in Canada,” (New York, 1907), and his “Documents relating to Seigniorial Tenure in Canada,” (Toronto, 1908), cover adequately the whole subject, and contain, in addition, abundant references to further authorities.  The “Mandements des Eveques de Quebec,” (Ed. Tetu and Gagnon), in six volumes, the first published in 1887, contain much of interest in regard to the attitude of the Church to the people.  The Second Part of “The Report of the Commission charged with revising and consolidating the General Statutes of the Province of Quebec,” (Quebec, 1907), outlines the legal aspects of the school and Church systems.  M. Andre Seigfried’s “Le Canada, Les Deux Races,” (Paris, 1906), translated into English under the title of “The Race Question in Canada,” (London, 1907), is a passionless analysis of religious and political thought in the Province of Quebec.

CHAPTER VIII.—­The account of fishing at Murray Bay in 1830 is by Walter Henry; “Events of a Military Life,” 2 Vols. (London, 1843).  The chapter is based chiefly upon personal observation.


APPENDIX A (p. 31)


Malcolm Fraser was a young man of about twenty-six when he kept his diary of Wolfe’s campaign against Quebec.  It shows that already he had considerable powers of observation and very definite opinions.  No doubt Fraser preserved a record of events in the campaign earlier than those of 1759; and it seems likely that the habit of recording his experiences would also have been kept up in later life.  When, some time before 1860, were made the extracts from Fraser’s Journal upon which the present notes are based, the original remained in the possession of his son the Hon. John Malcolm Fraser.  The extracts were published by the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec in 1868 and have been used by Parkman and other historians, who usually, however, confuse Fraser with his commanding officer Colonel Simon Fraser.  The extracts have long been out of print.  I have not been able to trace the original MS. or any other Journal of Fraser, except a brief and quite valueless one preserved at Mount Murray.  In one of his later letters, written fifty years after this Journal, Fraser speaks of his reluctance to handle the pen.  But this did not keep him from writing in a beautiful round hand many long letters and making also copies for his own use.

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