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Well, they weren't the same ones around in 1838. I'll tell you, the Scots thought themselves so much better than us. They were the ones who ran the fur trade, remember. The McTavishes, the McGills, the Richardsons. We, the Canadiens, were only humble voyageurs. And although I was in jail myself at the time, I remember hearing tales of the Glengarries' brutality against us. No. The Scots were not our friends in 1838, Mr. Warwick/ 'Thank goodness I'm English then,' Warwick replied. 'Mr Lepailleur, you said your brother-in-law persuaded you to join.

Two castors, or captains, commanded five squads of chasseurs and raquets, that is, fifty men. 26 The three inferior ranks had their own passwords and identification signs. ' Men became chasseurs for many reasons. Some believed that political change was necessary. Some joined to preserve their status in the community or after others in their families became members. Without 34 Background to Rebellion any doubt, however, leaders sometimes had to apply pressure to swell chasseur ranks. 27 EdouardPascal Rochon of Terrebonne admitted that one of his brothers told him that membership 'would secure his property/28 Many could not, or chose not, to understand the aims of the society, seeing the lodges as pleasant social gatherings where the hated English could be safely discussed.

Hardly. ' Leaning forward, he bent his head in thought. 7 don't believe I ever knew exactly how many men we had. ' That surprised Warwick and it showed on his face. ' 'No/ Lepailleur smiled, 'we were democratic. ' He hesitated, then added, 'As long as they weren't Scottish, that is. If we'd let the Scots in we'd have never rebelled. ' To Overthrow Her Majesty's Government' 27 'It seems strange hearing you say that about the Scots. I would have thought they'd be your friends. They'd fought the British themselves for years.

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