One then asked Messieurs [Powell], Adhemar and de Lisle, the Canadiens deputies, their feelings on this subject, and the feelings of their constituants.
These five articles, so important to the happiness and the salute of the colony, were discussed with all the maturity and coolheadedness of an enlightened policy. Messrs the deputies, guided by their lights and the sharp feelings of their patriotism, supported them of their unanimous vote: on their private behalf and in their respective individualities, they even went as far as expressing the most sincere desire of the institution of a House of Assembly, based on a general plan, the sole measure which they admitted being able to put the good administration of Canada on a fixed and respectable foundation. I was present during these decrees: I tasted a certain consolation, in communicating them all to my compatriots by 36 specimens of these five articles, which I dispatched them by the first vessels: by the most interesting means, they can, undoubtedly, but confirm them.
Mr. Maseres, in proposing these five articles, provided to the most urgent needs, to what was absolutely necessary; having regard to little concertation that reigned in the province, he did not see it fit to
amplify, with a hope of success, the objects of the present requests: but if patriotism and the voice of the common interests were to suddenly bring back all the souls to the unity of feeling, (a happy revolution, that I today dare to promise mylsef for Canada) I boldly advance, that the happiness of the province would require at less the addition of the three following articles:
# The representation of Canada by the appointment of six members, according to the plan traced in my ''Lettre à Messieurs les Canadiens''.
# The subtraction from the authority of the governor, of the power to break, or even to suspend the lawyers, the prosecutors, the notaries, and the other legal professionals, on the same clauses stipulated for the judge as a chief.
# The decision of drudgeries left to the judgement of the legislative body, and taken away from the governor, who would then deprived of the means of molesting the poor farmers, by arbitrary and inapropriate injunctions.