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SOCIAL CONDITIONS ABOUT 1791.   157

 

America, and as late as 1794 only two or three had found their way farther west than Montreal. By the kindness of the priests the first regular services of the Church of England in Canada were held in a Roman Catholic chapel at Sorel. The government was at first inclined to favour the Anglican church more than other Protestant churches. For instance, no Protestant minister, except a clergyman of the Church of England, was allowed to perform the marriage ceremony. This was very inconvenient; and in 1793 magistrates also received permission to marry people. But still a wedding-party often had to ride fifteen or twenty miles through the

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