A Biographical Sketch of the Hon. Louis Joseph Papineau, Speaker of the House of Assembly of Lower Canada, printed at the [[Sentinel]] Office in [[Wikipedia:Saratoga Springs, New York|Saratoga Springs]], [[Wikipedia:New York State|New York]], 1838
However violent and illegal has been the conduct of the government in Canada; however systematically unjust has been its policy towards the Canadians, and however clouded and dark may be the prospect at present, we do not despair of the final triumph of those sacred principles, for which these people are contending. Democracy, like [[Wikipedia:Christianity|christianity]], only prospers the more, the more its followers are persecuted; and were we not encouraged by the history of [[Wikipedia:Nation|nations]], both on the European and American continent, there is enough in this brief sketch of Mr. Papineau's life, to foster hope and forbid despair. His father found that province a military colony - the people political [[Wikipedia:serf|serfs]] - military officers, judges; the law officers of the Crown in the province, unacquainted, even with the laws and the language of the people, over whom they were placed in authority, and the colonists deprived of [[Wikipedia:|trial by jury]], and the benefits of ''[[Wikipedia:habeas corpus|habeas corpus]]''. Thirty years afterwards, he obtained for his countrymen a representative assembly, and a voice in the making of their own laws. To extend by peaceable means the democratic principle thus recognized to the other institutions of the country, has been the constant and untiring aim of the ''second'' Papineau. For thirty years he, following the example of his venerable and patriotic father, has been educating his country, and endeavoring to accomplish his favorite and [[Wikipedia:Philanthropy|philanthropic]] object, and in the year 1831, we find him, with his country at his back, demanding that the people have the right to elect the second branch of their legislature. The contests between the people of Canada and the British government has terminated for the present, by the latter destroying (like [[Wikipedia:Charles X of France|Charles the Tenth of France]]) all popular rights, and by driving the advocated of democracy into prison or exile. The good seed which has been sown has, however, taken root - the discussions, both oral and written, of the last seven years, have educated the people, and though the British government were now to sent out ten dictators, and ten times 10,000 bayonets, peace will never return to the province, nor will the Canadians ever be satisfied, until they obtain elective institutions, similar to those which have placed this great republic in the foremost rank of nations.
In person, Mr. Papineau is tall; his countenance is handsome, but stern, and his whole appearance is commanding and dignified. His manners are extremely simple and unostentatious, and his conversation animated, and not unfrequently playful. He is accused of being a ungovernable passions, but nothing can be more untrue. Mr. Papineau's indignation at wrongs suffered by his country, is a manly and honorable feeling - such as cannot but be experienced by every Canadian susceptible of a generous emotion in favor of his injured and insulted country, and which Englishmen too have known, when contemplating the vicious government which prevails in Canada. In privat.... , Papineau is a man of mild and amiabl... .... .., he is courteous in the ..., and there are now even, in the British parliament, many who are numbered among his country's oppressors, who could refute the calumnies respecting him.
During the thirty years which Mr. Papineau has been in public life, he has been the object of the bitter, unrelenting hatred of the enemies of the people, and his character has been assailed by [[Wikipedia:defamation|defamation]] of every sort.