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Jesuits’ Estates Answer to a Communication in the “Montreal Star” of the 19th May 1888 t/w Jesuits’ Estates Act.
Author: U. E. L. [Pseudonym of Arthur Edward Jones, S.J] t/w [Witness Printing House]
Reference #: 1609
Status: For Sale
List Price: $80.00
The ‘Answer’ was self-published; Montreal, 1888. Stapled wrappers, octavo, pp.  + 3-58, with Errata bound in. A Very Good copy with the stamp of the true name of the author on front wrapper.
A member of the Society of Jesus, ordained to the priesthood in 1873 and archivist of St. Mary’s College, Jones published historical and bibliographic material “in addition to some controversial pamphlets concerning the Jesuits” (The Macmillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography’, 4th Edition, p. 397). This collection of letters from the ‘Montreal Star’ in May and June of 1888 is undoubtedly amongst those, dealing with the status of the Jesuits and in particular their legal and moral right to own property. The letters deal with historical evidence going back as far as the granting of corporate status to the Society in 1678, the attempt in 1773 by Clement XIV to limit the power of the Jesuits, and treaty provisions following the Capitulation of Montreal. The penultimate note sums up the moral claim under the heading: “Justice enobleth a nation.” (See also Gagnon, ‘Essai de Bibliographie Canadienne’ (1895) Volume I, p. 245).
The second booklet here offered is the ‘Jesuit Estates Act’ subtitled: Published for Public Information by the Committee of Citizens appointed by the Queen’s Hall Mass Meeting of April 24th. A Document Which Every Protestant in Canada Should Read.
Self wrappers bound with thread; Witness Printing House, Montreal, 1889. 24 pp. (including wraps); mild uniform toning at edges of front cover; a Very Good, unmarked copy overall.
The Witness Printing House was an offshoot of ‘The Montreal Witness’, an anti-Roman Catholic press that operated in Montreal from the mid-nineteenth century until just prior to WWII. Founded by Jonh Dougall (1808-18856), the focus of its work was not limited to religious bias, but supported Protestant Missions, the Temperance Movement in Canada, and the support of politicians at all levels of government who reflected shared values.
Combined they provide an interesting window through which one may view the Protestant/Roman Catholic dichotomy in Canada during the latter years of the 19th Century.
Sources: Wikipedia; The Macmillan Dictionary of Canadian Biography (4th Edition); and the Dictionary of Canadian Biography;
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