Montreal Gazette, 23 January 1836, page 2
The bigoted fanatics, by whose misrepresentations in the New York Protestant Vindicator, the religious communities of this city of the Roman Catholic faith were lately so foully slandered, are still occupied in their diabolical career. The pamphlet of Miss Monk, whose falsehoods have been most pointedly contradicted under oath, is about to be published, and the following are the remarks of one of the American Journals, which notice the work.
“The New York Sun mentions that a work is to appear in that city, from the pen of a young lady who for two years was a veiled inmate of a convent in Canada. It will be recollected that Miss Reed, whose narrative excited so much attention, was only a novice in the Ursaline community at Charlestown. This young lady, having been more deeply initiated into the mysteries of a Convent, will doubtless make disclosures much beyond what could be expected of Miss Reed. The contemplated publication of this book has already created some excitement both among Catholics and Protestants in New York.”
In addition to the very valuable information to be derived from this artful and immoral character, the Reverend George Bourne of New York, who is one of the principal contributors to the Protestant Vindicator, has recently published a novel, or tale of fiction, illustrative of the licentiousness of convents and nunneries, and laid the scene in Canada. We have not yet seen the work, but the following is a notice of its contents from the London Spectator.
“Lorette is a Canadian tale, planned and told in a matter of fact manner, and professing to narrate the history of Louise, the daughter of a Canadian nun. The avowed purpose of the author is to paint Catholicism, or at least its priesthood, in what he deems their true colours. The main incidents of the tale are intended to exhibit the wicked, and, sooth to say, the very disgusting practices which the writer insinuates are practised in nunneries; and which he describes with an unctuous plainness. The spirit which animates him is very significantly indicated by his selection of his subject matter. Whether the Reverend George Bourne, of New York, has any kind of authority for the circumstance he has strung together, we know not; but even if he is free from the charge of inventing fables, the actual truth of his facts will not in any way detract from the calumnious purposes to which he has turned them. Licentiousness, as well as other vices, may have formerly existed in convents, or may exist at present, – just as tyranny has been, is, and always will be met with in families; but it would be as rational to accuse all masters of apprentices of cruelty and murder, on the evidence of Mother Brownrigg, or of cases which occasionally appear in the police reports, as to charge the blackest vices against the large body of men, and to insinuate want of Christian faith in a sect of religionists much more numerous than to that which the reverend author belongs, on the strength of isolated cases. Of a truth, our religious emigrant has profited little by the parable of the woman taken in adultery, or by that text which directs one to subdue his own failings before he remarks on those of his brethren.”