Picturesque Quebec

James MacPherson Le Moine
Picturesque Quebec

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Respectfully Inscribed

This volume, purporting to be a sequel to "QUEBEC PAST AND
PRESENT," published in 1876, is intended to complete the history of
the city. New and interesting details will be found in these pages, about

the locality, where Samuel de Champlain located his settlement in 1608,
together with a rapid glance at incidents, sights, objects, edifices, city
gates and other improvements, both ancient and modern, which an
antiquarian's ramble round the streets, squares, promenades,
monuments, public and private edifices, &c., may disclose. It will, it is
hoped, be found a copious repository of historical, topographical,
legendary, industrial and antiquarian lore-- garnered not without some
trouble from authorities difficult of access to the general reader. May it
prove not merely a faithful mirror of the past, but also an authentic
record of the present!
tourist or student of history beyond the ramparts of Old Stadacona, to
the memorable area--the Plains of Abraham--where, one century back
and more, took place the hard- fought duel which caused the collapse of
French power in the New World, established British rule on our shores,
and hastened the birth of the great Commonwealth founded by George
Washington, by removing from the British Provinces, south of us, the
counterpoise of French dominion. More than once French Canada had
threatened the New England Settlements; more than once it had acted
like a barrier to the expansion and consolidation of the conquering
Anglo-Saxon race.
THE ENVIRONS OF QUEBEC are, indeed, classic soil, trodden by
the footsteps of many of the most remarkable men in American History:
Cartier, Champlain, Phipps, d'Iberville, Laval, Frontenac, La
Galissonnère, Wolfe, Montcalm, Levis, Amherst, Murray, Guy
Carleton, Nelson, Cook, Bougainville, Jervis, Montgomery, Arnold,
DeSalaberry, Brock and others. Here, in early times, on the shore of the
majestic St. Lawrence, stood the wigwam and canoe of the marauding
savage; here, was heard the clang of French sabre and Scotch claymore
in deadly encounter--the din of battle on the tented field; here,--but no
further--had surged the wave of American invasion; here, have
bivouaced on more than one gory battle- field, the gay warrior from the
banks of the Seine, the staunch musketeers of Old England, the
unerring riflemen of New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Another spot calculated to interest us is the vast expanse from the

Plains to Cap Rouge, round by Ste. Foye to the city, for which I intend
to use its former more general name, Sillery: the ground is not new for
us, as its annals and country seats furnished, in 1865, materials for
sketches, published that year under the title of Maple Leaves. These
sketches having long since disappeared from book-stores, at the request
of several enlightened patrons, I re-publish from them some selections,
with anecdotes and annotations. Several other sites round
Quebec--Beauport, Charlesbourg, the Falls of Montmorency and of the
Chaudière, Château Bigot, Lorette and its Hurons--will, of necessity,
find a resting place in this repertory of Quebec history, which closes a
labour of love, the series of works on Canada, commenced by me in
In order to enhance the usefulness of this work, extensive and varied
historical matter has been included in the appendix for reference.
To my many friends, whose
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