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Description found in Archives

A 1 - S Series: Quebec and Lower Canada [textual record, philatelic record]. 

Series consists of

Date(s)

1760-1841

Place of creation

Québec (Province)

33 m of textual records.
3867 postal covers.

Scope and content

For much of the period from the establishment of civil government in 1764 to the union in 1841, the offices of Civil Secretary to the Governor and Clerk to the Executive Council were held in plurality by one man. The offices of Civil and of Provincial Secretary were briefly held in plurality by John Ready, 1820-1822. The "S Series" reflects the broad range of responsibilities undertaken by the Civil Secretary and the Clerk to the Executive Council, both in those capacities and in other minor offices such as Clerk of the Crown in Chancery. Incoming correspondence, petitions, reports and other documents received by the Civil Secretary on behalf of the Governor, with some drafts of replies, are the backbone of the "S Series". The drafts and copies of Minutes of Council, petitions and reports submitted to Council, and other records created or accumulated by the Clerk to the Executive Council run parallel to the Secretary's correspondence. The series also consists of 3867 postal covers covering the period from 1759 to 1846, which were in most cases mailed from villages in Lower Canada. There are major examples of postmarks used in Lower Canada for the period 1763 to 1841. Straight-line postmarks are well represented, with covers from Berthier (1786-1829), Chambley (1822), Coteau du Lac (1829), Drummondville (1819-1829), Dundee (1830), L'Assomption (1826), La Prairie (1829), Montreal (1781-1828), Quebec (1781-1809), Shipton (1821-1824), St. Denis (1828), Three Rivers (1782-1828) and William Henry (1812-1815). Manuscript postal markings (1764-1841), double circles (1829-1841) and broken circles (1829-1841) are all present in the series. The "horseshoe" type postmark for Philipsburg (1815-1828), Quebec city "fleurons" (1812-1831) and "Bishop's" (1784-1787) are also well represented. Of particular interest are the first manuscript postal markings for Montreal [M] (1765-1773), the only examples of straight-line postmarks for Terrebonne [TerreBonne] (1826) and the way office Isle Bourdon (1829).

Textual records: microform
90: Open
Philatelic records
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Volumes which have been microfilmed are
now withdrawn from circulation as a protective conservation measure. Researchers must use the microfilm for consultation and for reproduction purposes. Only photographic copies can be made of the documents written on parchment.
Textual records
Microfilm reel C-3002
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Textual records
Microfilm reel C-3006
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Microfilm reel C-3007
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Microfilm reel C-3198
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Microfilm reel C-2997
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Microfilm reel C-2998
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Microfilm reel C-3000
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Microfilm reel C-3001
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Microfilm reel C-3004
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Microfilm reel C-3009
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Microfilm reel C-2995
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Microfilm reel C-3003
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Microfilm reel C-3200
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Microfilm reel C-3033
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Microfilm reel C-3034
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Microfilm reel C-3012
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Microfilm reel C-3014
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Microfilm reel C-3117
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Microfilm reel C-3032
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Microfilm reel C-3118
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Microfilm reel C-3035
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Microfilm reel C-3195
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Microfilm reel C-2999
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Microfilm reel C-3194
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Microfilm reel C-2994
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Microfilm reel C-3005
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Microfilm reel C-3199
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Microfilm reel C-3197
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Microfilm reel C-3008
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Microfilm reel C-3013
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Microfilm reel C-3196
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Microfilm reel C-3010
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Textual records
Microfilm reel C-3011
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Microfilm reel C-2996
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Volume
from 1 to 560
from 562 to 622
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Philatelic records
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Volume
1
from 11 to 12
from 15 to 16
from 18 to 20
from 23 to 26
from 28 to 33
35
from 39 to 49
51
from 53 to 54
from 58 to 61
63
from 65 to 203
from 206 to 207
209
from 211 to 214
217
from 226 to 239
from 241 to 243
from 249 to 251
from 253 to 256
from 258 to 261
from 263 to 278
from 281 to 282
from 284 to 304
306
from 308 to 309
from 312 to 325
from 327 to 344
from 346 to 354
from 356 to 373
from 375 to 401
from 403 to 412
from 414 to 416
from 418 to 444
from 446 to 461
from 463 to 549
from 551 to 556
from 558 to 559
562
from 564 to 569
571
from 573 to 621
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Former archival reference no.

Philatelic records The finding aid provides a description of the postal covers. CPA-264 90 (Electronic)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000001810.pdf

Additional information

Arrangement note
When volumes 1-140 were prepared for microfilming, the documents were placed in strict chronological order, separating many enclosures from the covering correspondence. When preparation for microfilming resumed in 1986, enclosures were placed with their covering letter or report while submissions to Council were filed with the relevant Minutes. Consequently, documents of 1815-1841 are now arranged in parallel series of Secretary's correspondence and Clerk's records.

Availability of other formats note
Only volumes 1-131 are available on microfilm, reels C-2994 to C-3014, C-3032 to C-3035, C-3117 to C-3118, and C-3194 to C-3200.

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