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title The Loyal Electors of Prince Edward Island
creator Bumsted, J. M.
subject Island Magazine
subject Prince Edward Island Museum
description On 18 October 1811, Prince Edward Island's Attorney-General, Charles Stewart, sent to Lieutenant-Governor Joseph Frederick Wallet DesBarres a letter offering his legal opinion on the constitutionality of a local society known as the "Loyal Electors." It was, pronounced Stewart, a "self created permanent political Body organized after the manner of Corporations and associated for the purpose of controlling the Representatives of the People in the House of Assembly, as well as the appointment of Public Officers." Since the society's purpose was to "obtain possession of the whole power of the Government," concluded Stewart, its views and principles were not "consistent with the Genius and Spirit of our Constitution." Within a year, DesBarres had been recalled by the British government for his support of the society and replaced with Charles Douglas Smith, who quickly came to view the Loyal Electors as "a Confederacy of a very dangerous description" which required suppression, a strategy he spent a number of years successfully pursuing.
publisher Prince Edward Island Museum
date 1980
type Document
format application/pdf
identifier vre:islemag-batch2-110
source 08
language en_US
rights Please note that this material is being presented for the sole purpose of research and private study. Any other use requires the permission of the copyright holder(s), and questions regarding copyright are the responsibility of the user.

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title The Loyal Electors of Prince Edward Island
creator Bumsted, J. M.
subject Island Magazine
subject Prince Edward Island Museum
description On 18 October 1811, Prince Edward Island's Attorney-General, Charles Stewart, sent to Lieutenant-Governor Joseph Frederick Wallet DesBarres a letter offering his legal opinion on the constitutionality of a local society known as the "Loyal Electors." It was, pronounced Stewart, a "self created permanent political Body organized after the manner of Corporations and associated for the purpose of controlling the Representatives of the People in the House of Assembly, as well as the appointment of Public Officers." Since the society's purpose was to "obtain possession of the whole power of the Government," concluded Stewart, its views and principles were not "consistent with the Genius and Spirit of our Constitution." Within a year, DesBarres had been recalled by the British government for his support of the society and replaced with Charles Douglas Smith, who quickly came to view the Loyal Electors as "a Confederacy of a very dangerous description" which required suppression, a strategy he spent a number of years successfully pursuing.
publisher Prince Edward Island Museum
date 1980
type Document
format application/pdf
identifier vre:islemag-batch2-110
source 08
language en_US
rights Please note that this material is being presented for the sole purpose of research and private study. Any other use requires the permission of the copyright holder(s), and questions regarding copyright are the responsibility of the user.