Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1 Page: 16 of 432
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Three Rivers and Montreal. They are a mild, inoffensive
people, unconscious of any form of government
except that imposed by their clergy, who, so
far as order and morals are concerned, appeared to
me faithful and exemplary in the discharge of their
trust. In the more remote parishes, I found the
population suffering severely for want of a sufficiency
of wholesome food. Small traders and notaries
had taken advantage of their occasional
necessities to burthen them with debt; their modes
of agriculture were obsolete; their crops unsuited to
a rigorous and capricious climate; their seed-corn
bad; their lands exhausted. Having been empowered
by the government to make sparing disbursements
for the relief of extreme cases, I advanced
some money in different places on parochial or
individual security. There being an anxious desire
among the younger folks, in the most distressed
parishes, to remove to new settlements, I recommended
that locations should be granted them on
the Saguenay, a land of promise in their eyes, which
would, however, present but few attractions to British
During my inquiries among these poor people,
I noticed an error in the colonial administration as
regarded the whole of their race. Prejudiced and
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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/16/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .