to Sydney, 8th November, 1788
Carleton was made a baron when he returned as
governor of Québec (after 1791, Upper and Lower
Canada) from 1785 till 1795. He was then known as
Lord Dorchester. Thomas
Townshend, first Viscount Sydney, was the British
secretary of state for the Home Department from 1783
This letter replies to the letter written by Sydney above. Dorchester
informs Sydney that the merchant class is responsible for the
calls of an assembly
as French Canadians are incapable of forming an opinion, the clergy
is neutral, and nobles are opposed.
He also notes the dangers of an Assembly elected by uneducated
and simple people, and indicates that he is opposed to a division
of the province, but proposes a boundary line.