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was to provoke the anger of all. Some, no doubt, were able and respectable men, but others were blinded by self-interest to all. considerations of justice and honesty, and hotly resisted all attempts at reform.
Judge In 1805 Robert Thorpe, an Englishman,
Thorpe. was appointed to a judgeship in Upper Canada. By his fair decisions he won the confidence of the people, and he tried to persuade the governor to look into the many grievances of which complaints were made. But he would not listen, and Thorpe was dismissed from his office. One or two other officials also got into trouble through protesting against the wrong-doing of their class.,,