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The Works of Alexander Hamilton (v. 2)

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Pages: 364

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Alexander Hamilton

Excerpt from book: REMARKS ON THE QUEBEC BILL. 1775. NO. I. In compliance with my promise to the public, and in order to rescue truth from the specious disguise with which it has been clothed, I shall now ofi'er a few remarks on the Act, entitled "An Act for making more effectual provision for the government of the province of Quebec in North America:" whereby I trust it will clearly appear, that arbitrary power, and its great engine, the Popish religion, are, to all intents and purposes, established in that province. While Canada was under the dominion of France, the French laws and customs were in force there: which are regulated in conformity to the genius and complexion of a despotic constitution : and expose the lives and properties of subjects to continual depredations from the malice and avarice of those in authority. But when it fell under the dominion of Great Britain, these laws, so unfriendly to the happiness of society, gave place, of course, to the milder influence of the English laws: and his Majesty, by proclamation, promised to all those who should settle there, a full enjoyment of the rights of British subjects. In violation of this promise, the Act before us declares, " That the said proclama. tion, and the commission under the authority whereof the government of the said province is at present administered, be, and the same are, hereby revoked, annulled, and made void, from and after the first day of May, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-five." This abolition of the privileges stipulated by theproclamation, was not inflicted as a penalty for any crime by which a forfeiture had been incurred : but merely on pretence of the present form of government having been found by experience to be inapplicable to the state and circumstances of the Province. I have never hear...  

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