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AN ACCOUNT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE BRITISH - [Maseres, Francis] - 1775. 
London, 1775. Two volumes. 294pp. [with:] [Maseres, Francis]: ADDITIONAL PAPERS CONCERNING THE PROVINCE OF QUEBECK: BEING AN APPENDIX TO THE BOOK ENTITLED, "AN ACCOUNT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE BRITISH...." London. 1776. 510pp. Uniform contemporary calf, leather label. Extremities somewhat rubbed, outer hinges of ADDITIONAL PAPERS... rather unskillfully reinforced with glue. Internally a very good set. The ADDITIONAL PAPERS... volume is inscribed by the author, "F. Maseres. June 3d, 1776." Maseres served as attorney-general of Quebec from 1766 to 1769. He was active in the affairs of the province and wrote several pamphlets on the legal and political administration of Quebec. "Known as the QUEBEC PAPERS, [AN ACCOUNT OF THE PROCEEDINGS...] is perhaps the most important of all Maseres' contributions to Canadian history, and contains original material pertaining to early British rule in Canada" - Lande. The text of the Quebec Act of 1774 is also printed herein, as well as numerous petitions and addresses to the British Ministry from both the British Protestant and French Catholic inhabitants of the province prior to and following its enactment. Maseres became a spokesman in England for the English-speaking merchants in Quebec who supported the repeal of the Quebec Act. The controversial Act officially recognized the Roman Catholic religion and allowed the collection of tithes by the Church, substituted French for British civil law (although British criminal law was continued), left the seigneurial system unchanged, and revoked the promise of an elected assembly contained in the Royal Proclamation of 1763, instituting government by an appointed council. The appendix or sequel volume includes important letters and documents concerning the Quebec Act, martial law, Maseres' PLAN OF A CONVENIENT METHOD OF ADMINISTERING JUSTICE IN THE PROVINCE OF QUEBECK IN NORTH-AMERICA, etc. GAGNON I:14, 26. DIONNE II:806, 812. LANDE 613, 614. JCB II:2131, 2278. AMERICAN CONTROVERSY 75-96. SABIN 45411. TPL 468, 490. VLACH 525, 526.
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