Assembly of the Six Counties
The Assembly of the Six Counties (in French: Assemblée des six-comtés) was an assembly of
Patrioteleaders and approximately 6,000 followers held in Saint-Charles, Lower Canada(present-day Quebec) on October 23and October 24, 1837, despite the June 15 Proclamationof the government forbidding public assemblies.
Wolfred Nelson, it is the most famous of the various public assemblies held during that year protesting the Russell Resolutions. It is a prelude to the Lower Canada Rebellionof 1837. The "six counties" refer to Richelieu, Rouville, Saint-Hyacinthe, Chambly, Verchèresand L'Acadie.
Ninety-Two Resolutionsof the Patriotes had demanded Great Britaindemocratic reforms for Lower Canada. They had been mostly denied by the Russell Resolutions, which sparked a number of assemblies of protest in 1837. The Saint-Charles assembly was attended by 13 members of the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada. On the field, a column, the Colonne de la liberté, had been raised with the inscription "À Papineau ses compatriotes reconnaissants" ("To Papineau his thankful compatriots"). A replica, inaugurated in 1982, stands today on the site.
It saw the speeches of the likes of
Louis-Joseph Papineauand Wolfred Nelson. Papineau advocated the pursuit of the constitutional struggle through economic boycotts of British products while Nelson and Doctor Cyrille Côtésupported an armed uprising. "I claim the time has come to melt our spoons to make bullets", thundered Nelson. Étienne Parentalso spoke and supported non-forceful methods. The assembly voted a number of resolutions, as did the other 1837 assemblies. They notably proclaimed human rights, refused to recognize the new Executive Council of Lower Canadaand approved the Société des fils de la liberté. They did not mention the use of force.
This event prompted the negative reaction of the Lower Canada Church. At a banquet in honour of Bishop
Ignace Bourget(himself one of the relatively rare clerics in favour of the Patriotes), Bishop Jean-Jacques Lartiguedeclared: "Never is it permitted to transgress laws of to revolt against the legitimate authority under which people have the joy of living". Three weeks after the assembly, an arrest warrantfor Patriote leaders was issued by the government.
Patriote popular assemblies
Quebec independence movement
History of Quebec
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