And here is the last part of the 92 Resolutions, just in time for the Journee des Patriotes.
Here is the final installment of the 92 Resolutions. Again, because it is seriously long, I am parceling the resolutions out five at a time, and for interest’s sake, am providing biographical information on those mentioned by name in the document. Enjoy.
Taken from :
“The 92 Resolutions” taken from Statutes, Treaties and Documents of the Canadian Constitution, 1713-1929 (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1930).
(notes my own)
86. Resolved, that this House hopes and believes, that the independent members of both Houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom will be disposed, both from inclination and from a sense of duty, to support the accusations brought by this House, to watch over the preservation of its rights and privileges which have been so frequently and violently attacked, more especially by the present administration; and so to act, that the people of this province may not be forced by oppression to regret their dependence of the British Empire, and to seek elsewhere a remedy for afflictions.
87. Resolved, that this House learned, with gratitude, that Daniel O’Connell, Esq. [1775-1847, Irish politician, leader of the Catholic Emancipation movement, and first Catholic MP in 1830; see- http://www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/coclare/people/daniel.htm ]had given notice in the House of Commons in July last, that during the present session of the Imperial Parliament, he would call its attention to the necessity of reforming the Legislative and Executive Councils in the two Canadas; and that the interest thus shown for our own fate by him whom the gratitude and blessings of his countrymen have, with the applause of the whole civilized world, proclaimed Great and Liberator, and of whom our fellow countrymen entertain corresponding sentiments, keeps alive in us the hope that through the goodness of our cause and the services of such a friend, the British Parliament will not permit a minister, deceived by the interested representations of the provincial administration and its creatures and tools, to exert (as there is reason from his despatches to apprehend that he may attempt to do) the highest degree of oppression, in favour of a system which in better times he characterized as faulty, and against subjects of His Majesty’s who are apparently only known to him by the great patience with which they have waited in vain for promised reforms.
88. Resolved, that this House has the same confidence in Joseph Hume, Esq., [1777-1855, Radical British politician, see- http://www.liberalhistory.org.uk/item_single.php?item_id=30&item=biography ] and feels the same gratitude for the anxiety which he has repeatedly shown for the good government of these colonies, and the amelieoration of their laws and constitutions, and calls upon the said Daniel O’Connell and Joseph Hume, Esqrs., whose constant devotedness was, even under a tory ministry, and before the reform of parliament, partially successful in the emancipation of Ireland, from the same bondage and the same political inferiority with which the communications received from the Colonial Secretary during the present session menace the people of Canada, to use their efforts that the laws and constitution of this Province may be amended in the manner demanded by the people thereof; that the abuses and grievances of which the latter have to complain may be fully and entirely redressed; and that the laws and constitution may be hereafter administered in a manner consonant with justice, with the honour of the Crown and of the people of this province, and of this House by which they are represented.
89. Resolved, that this House invites the members of the minority of the Legislative Council who partake the opinions of the people, the present members of the House of Assembly, until the next general election, and afterwards all the members then elected, and such other persons as they may associate with the members then elected, and such other persons as they may associate with them, to form one committee or two committees of correspondence, to sit at Quebec and Montreal in the first instance, and afterwards at such place as they shall think proper; the said committees to communicate with each other, and with the several local committees which may be formed in different parts of the province, and to enter into correspondence with the Hon. Denis Benjamin Viger, [1774-1861, politician, see- http://www.assnat.qc.ca/fr/deputes/viger-denis-benjamin-5709/biographie.html ] the agent of this province in England, with the said Daniel O’Connell and Joseph Hume, Esqrs., and with such other members of the House of Lords or of the House of Commons, and such other persons in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, as they may deem expedient, for the purpose of supporting the claims of the people of this province and of this House; of furnishing such information, documents, and opinions as they may think adapted to make known the state, wishes and wants of the province; the said committees also to correspond with such person as they shall think proper in the other British colonies do not sink under the violent attempt to perpetuate the abuses and evils which result as well from the vices of its constitution as from the combined malversation of the administrative, legislative and judicial departments, out of which have sprung insult and oppression for the people, and by a necessary consequence, hatred and contempt on their part for the provincial government.
90. Resolved, That the Honourable Denis Benjamin Viger be requested to remain at the seat of His Majesty’s Government, at least during the present session of the Imperial Parliament, to continue to watch over the interests of the province with the same zeal and the same devotedness as heretofore, without suffering himself to be discouraged by mere formal objections on the part of those who are unwilling to listen to the complaints of the country.
91. Resolved, that the fair and reasonable expenses of the said two committees of correspondence, incurred by them in the performance of the duties entrusted to them by this House, are a debt which it contracts towards them; and that the representatives of the people are bound in honour to use all constitutional means to reimburse such expenses to the said Committee, or to such persons as may advance money to them for the purpose above-mentioned.
92. Resolved, that the message from His Excellency the Governor-in-Chief, received on the 13th of January last, and relating to the writ of election for the county of Montreal, with the extract from a dispatch which accompanied it, the message from the same, received the same day, and relating to the Supply Bill, and the message from the same, received on the 14th January last, with the extract from a dispatch which accompanied it, be expunged from the journals of this House.