Aylmer's Views of Political and Constitutional Affairs in Lower Canada According to His Correspondence (1800-1835)

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Aylmer's Views of Political and Constitutional Affairs in Lower Canada According to His Correspondence (1800-1835)
Abstract
Lord Aylmer arrived in Lower Canada in 1830 as administrator and, in 1831, was appointed Governor-in-Chief of the colony, a position he held until 1835. Aylmer found two groups contending for the control of the effective government of the colony: the "Canadian Party" under Louis-Joseph Papineau composed largely of French-Canadians but with the support of English-speaking farmers in the Eastern Townships, Irish labourers, and small businessmen; and the so-called "Château Clique", an English-speaking oligarchy composed of men in commerce and finance, and occupants of the judiciary and the executive. There were also strong linguistic and religious differences between the two groups, one predominately French-speaking Roman Catholic and the other English-speaking Anglican Protestant. During his term as Governor, Aylmer sent hundreds of dispatches and private letters to officials in London on the political situation in Lower Canada. From this correspondence, the author extracts Aylmer's views concerning the main political struggles in the colony, and whether his views were chiefly the result of his own philosophy and understanding of the events of the day, or the result of instructions from the Colonial Office and pressure from the Château Clique.
Type
Master's Thesis
University
University of Ottawa
Place
Ottawa
Date
1969
Language
en
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Citation
Wiley, Gerald E. “Aylmer’s Views of Political and Constitutional Affairs in Lower Canada According to His Correspondence (1800-1835).” Master’s Thesis, University of Ottawa, 1969. http://www.ruor.uottawa.ca/en/handle/10393/22364.
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