Montreal Gazette, 6 July 1877, page 2
THE TWELFTH OF JULY – Many rumors have been circulated pro and con during the past few days relative to the Twelfth of July and an Orange parade on that day. In an interview with Ald Wilson, Chairman of Police, the latter remarked that he did not apprehend any trouble on the day in question; in fact he thought there was much more speculation in than reason for the rumors to the contrary. The following letters have passed relative to the affair, and were omitted accidentally from the Gazette of yesterday:-
[copy] Orange Hall, no 81 St James Street
Montreal, July 3, 1877
Sir – I have been instructed by the Celebration Committee to write to you, to inform you that the Orangemen of the city intend to celebrate the anniversary of the 12th July by having a peaceable religious ceremony at some place to be hereinafter named, if they are allowed so to do without being molested with on the way.
But having been threatened with violence, we ask and claim the protection of the police.
And we also intend to claim military protection, in order to assist the civil authorities.
I am, sir,
Secretary C Committee
To His Worship the Mayor
Mayor’s Office, City Hall
Montreal, 4th July 1877
John Hamilton, Esq, Secretary Orange Celebration Committee:-
Sir, I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of yesterday, in which you inform me that the Orangemen of the city intend celebrating the anniversary of the 12th of July, by a religious ceremony and procession.
I will state in reply, that I am advised that inasmuch as the Association referred to in your letter is not legally constituted, it has no right to claim as a body any further protection from the civic authorities than that which every citizen is individually entitled to under ordinary circumstances.
I may add, that in view of the excitement and ill-feeling which the proposed demonstration is likely to create in our mixed community, and the many threatening rumors which have recently reached me, and anxious as I am that the harmony and good feeling characterized the relations between the different creeds and nationalities, of which our fair city is composed, should be preserved, I would most earnestly and confidently entreat the Orangemen to reconsider their decision, and, as good and loyal citizens, to avoid in their celebration any outside demonstration which may provoke a conflict, the evil consequence of which could not but be most deplorable.
I have the honor to be, Sir
Your most obedient servant,
Jean Louis Beaudry
Mayor of the City of Montreal