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|Creator||Paquin, Jacques, 1791-1847.|
|Title||Fonds Jacques Paquin|
MG 24 J 15
|Document source||Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada|
Jacques Paquin (1791 - 1847) was a Roman Catholic priest and author. During the 1837 rebellion in Lower Canada, he remained hostile to the rebellion, threats of death and imprisonment notwithstanding. On the eve of the battle, he fled with the assistant priest François-Xavier Desève to his farm near by. In 1838, after the pillage and destruction of Saint-Eustache, he published a journal of events, in which, according to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, he pointed out that few of his parishioners had taken part in the rebellion and that most of its leaders lived outside the parish. He hoped in this way to obtain compensation from the government in order to rebuild his church, which had been destroyed in the battle. After the failure of the uprisings of 1837 and 1838, Paquin divided his time between study and administration.
This collection consists of two manuscripts by Father Jacques Paquin entitled: "Memoirs of the Church of Canada, 1415-1837," dealing with the 1837 rebellion in Lower Canada and the uprising of the parishioners of Saint-Eustache against the English; and "Memoirs of the Church in Canada and the country in general since the discovery in 1523 until 1843 ...".