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THE

CANADIAN QUESTION.

THE

CANADIAN QUESTION.

Of Lincoln's Inn, Barrister At Law.

If we were able to go back to the elements of States, and to examine the oldest
monuments of their history, I doubt not that we should discover the primal cause
of the prejudices, the habits, the ruling passions, and, in short, of all that con-
stitutes what is called the national character.

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PRINTED BY RICHARD AND JOHN E. TAYLOR, RED LION COURT, FLEET STREET.

PREFACE.

The following observations have already appeared in the July Number for 1838, and the January Number for 1839, of the British and Foreign Review. They are offered to the public, in their present form, at the request of several private friends who take an interest in the Canadian question, and to whom it appeared that the republication of two separate essays in one pamphlet, might tend to diffuse information on a subject confessedly but little understood.

It will be observed, that the form of constitutional government best adapted to the position, the manners, and usages, of the people of Canada, is the principal subject attempted to be discussed in these pages. To encumber that inquiry with details of a local nature would, it was conceived, have only diverted the attention of the reader from the first and most important consideration which claims his attention, to questions of a secondary interest. The more promi

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