A Life on the Line: Commander Pierre-Etienne Fortin and His by Brian Stewart

By Brian Stewart

Pierre-Etienne Fortin led a existence and plied a occupation on the middle of Canada's early historical past. He used to be an adventurer, an beginner scientist, an early (if ambiguous) conservationist and a Conservative flesh presser from 1867 to 1888. He used to be a physician on Grosse-Ile amid the horrors of the 1847 typhus epidemic, led a fastened police troop throughout the notorious Montreal riots of 1849 and, as commander of the armed schooner l. a. Canadienne, policed the Gulf of St. Lawrence from 1852 to 1867, whilst millions of recent Englanders and Nova Scotians swarmed over the fishing grounds. His professional lifestyles as Justice of the Peace and mid-level bureaucrat frequently exemplified tensions of early nationhood: these among elites and colonists; and people bobbing up from the nationalistic impulse to impose legislation and order at the desolate tract. The pursuits, concerns and sympathies at paintings on Fortin within the founding interval stay compelling at the present time: activity production as opposed to environmental security, loose alternate with the united states, the exploitation of Canadian fisheries, family with aboriginal peoples, and the political prestige of Quebec inside confederation.

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32. RG 8, Vol. 1303, Kirkland to Wetherall, 21 May 1849. 33. RG 8, Vol. 80, No. 15, Wetherall to James Leslie, 21 May 1849. 34. RG 8, Vol. 1303, Kirkland to Wetherall, 21 May 1849. 35. RG 8, Vol. 80, No. 10, Wetherall to Kirkland. 36. Punch in Canada (Montreal), 1 (1849): 96, 99. 37. Gazette, 9, 15 June; 14, 16, 18 August 1849. 38. Punch in Canada, 1: 124. 39. Gazette, 25 August 1849. 40. Pilot (Montreal), 25 August 1849. 41. Gazette, 5 September 1849. 42. Pilot, 25 August 1849 43. Gazette, 29 September 1847.

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On 6 August the Gazette reported 2,460 patients in hospital on Grosse-Ile, more than at any former time. " Drs. Dease and Allen had returned to Grosse-Ile "perfectly recovered" from the fever. Ten days later, the Gazette quoted the Quebec Chronicle that Drs. Fortin and Breadon at Grosse-Ile had taken the fever. Next day, the Gazette reported that Dr. "14 Le Journal de Quebec later gave more details. "Dr. Fortin, who has spent about five weeks at Grosse-Ile, where he usually had 400 sick under his care, arrived in Quebec last Friday, seriously sick with fever.

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