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Title: Sir Francis Hincks, Montreal to Dr. J. S. Drennan, Belfast.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHincks, Sir Francis/28
SenderSir Francis Hincks
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationprob. businessman or banker
Sender ReligionProtestant
OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada
DestinationBelfast, N.Ireland
RecipientDrennan, J.S.
Recipient Gendermale
SourcePresented by Miss Duffin, Mount Pleasent, Stranmillis, Belfast.
ArchiveThe Public Record Office Northern Ireland.
Doc. No.201119
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, Td by Peter Best, 07:01:02.
Word Count492
TranscriptTo: Dr. J. S. Drennan [Belfast?]

From: 418 Antoine St.
22 Nov[ember?] 1878

My Dear Doctor
I was very glad indeed
to receive your letter of 31 Ulto [Ultimo?] - I
was pretty sure that you would approve
of my views on Orangism [Orangeism?] which is a curse
to any country. Only think of the impudence
of a set of Orange women here not
one of whom is known in society
starting a female lodge & calling it
after the Princess Louise! The Catholics
are a bad lot too. The organ here is
[brewing?] the worst spirit in fact
it is hard to decide which is the
worst - I have read attentively
your remarks on the "Crown & Cabinet"
question, but it has two phases.

Dr Drennan

1st The relations between the Crown
& Cabinet and 2d [2nd?] The relations
between the Crown & Cabinet
acting in concert and the [?].
The latter is what you specialy [specially?]
refer to and the difficulty arises
Chiefly with reference to foreign policy
and more especially when there is
a question as to a casus belus [causus bellus?].
It strikes one that there is a
great difficulty in the latter case
for I feel the importance when
we have diplomatic relations with
such powers as Russia that it
is very important that the nation
should as much as possible appear
as much as possible to be united,
although in fact it never will be
So [?] what you feel as your
difficulty hardly exists with us as
we have no foreign policy. Our
[point?] in Quebec was whether the Ministers
could ignore the position of the Dr
Governor who represents the monarchical
element in our consitution. I think it on
by ground undesirable that Ministers
should be prevented to act without
reference to the D Governor or in England
to [?] Sovereign - We are threatened into
the dismissal of the D Governor of Quebec
and I am sure that if Lord Lorne
has to consent he will do so most
reluctantly and moreover have to
acknowledge by doing so that his own
Ministers may act without consultation.
The new fruit of her Dominion is opposed
to the Quebec administration & anxious to
overthrow it and most partyies [parties?] - are
rabid to get the D. Goveror removed altogether
theoretically he is irresponsible for his
acts for which his ministers avow him
responsiblity - a week or two will tell.
The Marquis & Princess are hourly expected
at Halifax - Before you get this the
Castle will have given you news of
the reception here - Matilda Hereford is
going to winter at Clifton. no one here
that I know of is interested in the
city of Glasgow Bank - I could not
recommend [?] [?] of Canada for
[investment?] at present. [?] [case?]
exceed the depression - I have had
two large double teeth extracted this
morning & under the influence of laughing
gas felt no pain but had a disagreeable
dream kind regards to all.
[?] my dear Dr.
F. [Francis?] Hincks.

(Transcribed by Peter Best.)