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Tell him that, if he wants to chair at the meeting that you wish to have, I will second him open heartedly. If, to my surprise, he refusedrefuses, even that would not constitution a sufficient reason for you to give me the honour of choosing me as chairman, neither of your association nor of your meeting. Believe a sincere friend of the good cause in which you are engaged, a friend who has gained some experience of men and business, of those of your country in particular.</blockquote>
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[[Image:Irelande.jpg|thumb|left|Erin, the magnificently green island]]Tyranny has been so exorbitant against your deplorable fatherland, made as joyful and beautiful by the good doings of the Providence as it has been obscured by the misdeeds of your governors, that it generally she developed , among you natives the generality of your kind, native virtues, and defects vices which the foreign dominator gave birth to. You have been living in a more frequent state of conspiracy than any other people, against iniquities more atrocious than any other nation had to suffered. From there your more enthusiastic love for the cult of the fatherland; for your cherished dignity, [[Wikipedia:Erin|Erin]] the beautiful, Erin dispossessed by the despoiler insulting ither. This love of the country, is the first of virtues for the English who give orders; it is in his eyes the most hateful of feelings that the people can could nourish in his colonies of Ireland and Canada. It is the virtue which he most generally and most pitilessly punished. You give your confidence, with a limitless burst of generosity without limits your confidence , to whoever is devoted to your cause. You know that I am one of these men; you want to testify your recognition to me in a manner which exceeds the limits of discretion, of national pride, of the feeling of esteem that you must nourish and display for yourselves, for your nationality and your nationals. The associations we create Associations must be created to tighten the bonds of confidence and mutual dependence between among the associates. Do not do anything which can slacken the bonds of complete confidence between you all, in an Irish association, created for an Irish interest: the repeal of your harmful Act of Union.</blockquote>
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Often decimated in punishment of your strong love for the your country, you have too often organized in [[secret societies]], in which the English gold, the English spies pushed were pushing you to revenge; and, on the day before its the explosion, betrayed you. This made you suspicious. It is the vice which to which the foreign dominator gave birth in natures which the Providence made to be the most trustful that there ever was on Earth. Ireland has currently more chances of salute than ever, because it she does not have secret societies. Its Her hatred is as highly avowed as it is justly properly organized.
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Don't you feel that eventually one will murmur in the ears ear of one another among you: "Eh what, you are twenty thousand Irish people here, and you considered that not one among you deserved the honour to chair your meeting; you have ruled that a foreigner should be installed above you all, when the question is not of a social interest as important for all our mixed populations, but of a special national interest for you." No. You must keep the direction leadership and the presidency chair to yourselves. Others have a better right to it than me.
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You have on other men more control and a better right to require than they answer your call, than you have on me. It is the first time, Messrs, that we meet. Are there not some other public men with whom you had a more frequent relationship than me; who sought you when they needed you; to whom you rendered services that they requested from you; with whom it was pleasant to receive your votes and who, in return of your votes in their election, promised soft words, respect and civility to you; who said to you that you had the right to their advice, their energetic encouragements, on any occasion you would ask them; the right to their cordial support everywhere you needed it? The time and the occasion have come when you should appreciate to their right value the sincerity and the importance of their promises. Go towards your representatives, go ahead with frankness and with the same declarations that I advised you to bring to Mr. Drummond. It is your right to require, it is their duty to give you their support, if the objects which you seek are as to me they appears to be, as far as I can tell, useful and honourable to your fatherland, to mine, to you and all those who will second you. If they undeceive you, we will be obliged to them for it. Skilful operators, they will have given light to the unhappy ones who groped were groping in a thick darkness. They can could disillusion us, we can could reveal them truths to them which they are unaware of. It is only by comparing our doctrines that we can determine which one is the just and true ''[[Wikipedia:doxy|doxy]]'', ours or theirs.</blockquote>
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[[Image:Charles-metcalfe.jpg|thumb|Charles T. Metcalfe, Baron Metcalfe, Governor General of the United Province of Canada from 1843 to 1845]]I am thrown in the political life against my inclination. After I frankly explained my dissatisfaction and my scorn for the political order forcibly imposed tu to my country, with the same hostile aim, by the same perverse means which chains yours, by a fatal and degrading Union for Ireland, as ours is hostile to us and more degrading even for Lower Canada, colony twice subjugated to two metropolises, that of England which oppresses by antipathy, that of Upper Canada which exploits us by cupidity, the [[Wikipedia:Saint-Maurice (electoral district)|county of Saint-Maurice]] chose me to represent it. If this county meets to deliberate on the general interests on the country, its local interests, or questions related to the cause of the justice, exerted by generous vanquishers against oppressing oppressive kings; or to that of the rights, freedoms, and happiness of our Co-Subjects in any part of the Empire, this county has the right, if I keep the mandate it gaveme, to order my assistance and my participation in its discussions. In Montreal, I am but one a simple citizen who timidly takes part to the deliberations, when its representatives disdain to do it. One so often said to my fellow-citizens, in voice speech as in writing, that I was a changed man, that I have become a [http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/paragon paragon] of devotion to the government against which I had fought all my life; that I applauded to the determination which Misters [[Wikipedia:Louis-Michel Viger|Viger]] and [[Wikipedia:Denis-Benjamin Papineau|Papineau]] had taken to give their support to the administration of Lord [[Wikipedia:Charles Metcalfe, 1st Baron Metcalfe|Metcalfe]], since they remained in power, longer than those who burned of were burning with the envy and the desire to replace them; that, without the benevolent welcoming which 7,000 of these same fellow-citizens gave me in their recent meeting, I would have believed myself pushed back away by the majority of them, with as much solicitude than as I was it by their new leaders. Before my return and since my return, one so high proclaimed to my country that one should be careful not to elect a man whose principles were so unknown, floating and changeable that mine, unless one made him do his political profession of faith; and when I wanted to formulate it, one had so many intrigues were done to prevent me from publishing it that I had to look at consider those actions as expressing the charitable care of men who said were saying to me:</blockquote>
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" Do not speak you would not be listened to. If you want to talk in the same way we do, it is your right. Then make your statements short like ours. Do not speak much, do not say anything on the merit or the demerit of the Union; representation proportional to the population; the extension of the right to vote to all; of the usefulness that at least a part of the representation be selected among the resident voters; that the eligibility should depend only on public confidence, not on the badly or justly acquired property of the candidate. Do not say that the conviction, in front of a legally sworn jury, such as we have not yet seen in the country, of the use of corruption methods in an election, should forever disqualify the convinced culprit, of his rights as voter and eligible, and of the aptitude to fill any public function of honour and profit. Do not insinuate that it would be desirable that the administration be working more working and even more so especially be less expensive, it is against the intention of those who gave us the responsible government and against the interest of those who exert it; do not say a good word of or other trifles of this nature, which you have the habit to take care of; these are rather useless details since the symbol which is a tribute of that represent the good citizenshipcard, an the essential certificate of eligibility has been translated into one supremely simple sentence. Here it is for you to your serviceuse: "I believe in the [[Wikipedia:Robert Baldwin|Baldwin]]-[[Wikipedia:Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine|La Fontaine]] ministry and I swear a blind obedience to it." "
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[[Image:Robert-baldwin.jpg|thumb|left|Robert Baldwin, lawyer, parliamentarian and minister from Lower Canada]][[Image:Louis-hippolyte-la-fontaine.jpg|thumb|Louis-Hippolyte La Fontaine, lawyer, parliamentarian and minister from Lower Canada]]My own formula is to give a cordial support to all measures that will seem good to me; and give a free censure with refusal to support those measures which will seem bad to me. With the antecedents that I have given myself and with those which other gave me, I do not have strong motives to court, in Montreal, the unfair disloyal inventors and the easily fooled by victims of this vulgar stratagem. Those who sold and those who printed these lies against me knew that they lied. They had their reasons to do it. Whether they collect or do not collect the honours and the profits which systematized trickery and falseness deserve, that is their business and their stuystudy; not mine.</blockquote>
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Remote and dispersed as you are, it is no your efforts that can could tear off the hands of your tyrants, neither the thunder by which they devastate and sterilize your fatherland, nor the lead sceptre under which they crush it. It is less for your fatherland than for yourselves; less for its happiness that for your honour, that you should not give up, disband, and dissolve your association on the perilous day of the upcoming dangers or the next chances of salute which shine on your country. Throughout Christendom, from religious Rome to philosophical Paris, autocratic Russia to the democratic United States, rises a universal cry of love and pity for Ireland, wrapped in its her shroud of plague and famine, woven and sewn around it by aristocratic hands. Montreal alone, [astoundeddistracted] by I do not know what juggler, will would not be able to find, in the middle of the sheds devoted to the death which England pours from its her European Ireland onto its her American Ireland, a word of sympathy for pains and sufferings such as the [[Wikipedia:Book of Lamentations|lamentations of Jeremiah]] alone can could let us foresee imagine the horror! Shame on the men who can be demoralizing enough to want for Montreal to be as lethargic as they are apathetic!</blockquote>
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It is only a few weeks ago that you were organized, bribed and armed to meet, head to head, other organized, bribed and armed men. Those who enrolled you were less faulty than those against whom they pushed you. You, resident voters, were armed for the defence of your rights. Tories, seeking ''sacaires'' outside the limits of the county, armed others for the illegal invasion of your rights. They were placing you in a position of legitimate self-defence. Nevertheless, the ball and the sword are blind instruments which could as well reach your innocent chests as the culprit chests of your adversaries. The courts of justice are a closed field, where the fight begins in the middle of a night as dark as the [[Wikipedia:Erebus|Erebus]], of a labyrinth of turns and stratagems where justice is sometimes mislaid; where the skilful lawyer wins bad causes. You faced the dangers of the battle field, and the greater dangers of the lair of squabbles.</blockquote>
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