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If experience demonstrates that treaties are founded on principles of justice and of reciprocal advantage, they can easily be continued from time to time; but if they should not be founded in justice, and are without reciprocity (such as the third article of the treaty of 1794), and yet be declared permanent, the good faith and honour of the nation aggrieved, may induce them to adhere to the treaty; but. it will be with a bad grace, and create bad blood, they will be glad to embrace any opportunity of coining to a rupture, in order to bring about a new treaty. This would be avoided if there were a limitation to the operation of the oppressive articles; they would be endured with batience, until the time should arrive when a new arrangement could be made.
Although the first ten articles of the American treaty are declared permanent it does not follow, that, like the laws of the Medes and Persians, they are unchangeable: the act contains several articles, which, in their nature, were not permanent, hence it became necessary to use some appellation for those articles which had an unlimited duration, and the term permanent was adopted, not probably meaning that they should never be touched, but merely to distinguish them from the others: they were to be permanent till changed by mutual consent.
Our North American colonists look homewards just now with all that anxiety which men naturally shew, when their best interests are under discussion; the Americans arerable negociators, and their local knowledge of this country, and the great attention they pay to the most minute circumstances tending to their advantage in a commercial point of view, require on the part of our ministry, much circumspection, and all the aid they can get from men of commercial habits, who have studied the interests of the colonies on the spot, and whose inferences are drawn from the evidence of facts.
Having gone at some length into the political connection between Great Britain and America, as far as relates to our transatlantic possessions, permit me to resume the consideration of the productions and exports of Canada, to Britain and elsewhere.
It will be observed on examining the list of Canadian exports, that they already consist of almost every necessary of life; and, were the Canadians as active and industrious as their neighbours in the United States, the amount of exports would very rapidly and greatly increase; as it is, they will gradually increase as population increases.
Wheat is the most considerable article of exportation from Canada; upwards of one million bushels have been exported in one year; not half that quantity however was exported on an average of five years ending in 1805.
Canada wheat is of an excellent quality: it is thought superior to the Baltic wheat, being harder, and yielding more flour in proportion to the quantity. The bushel usually weighs 60lbs. and upwards. It is what is called spring wheat; the seed is put into the ground in May, and the harvest is finished in the beginning of September.
The farmers are very negligent in preventing the growth of weeds, so that the wheat when threshed is very foul; it is in general purchased from the fanners, by the country shopkeepers, who are usually corn dealers, and that too from necessity, as it is frequently the only way by which they can be reimbursed for the goods they have sold during the year. These shopkeepers, and corn dealers are applied to by the merchants in Quebec and Montreal when grain is wanted.
Wheat is sold by a French measure called a minot, which is to the Winchester bushel as 108,765 is to 100,000, being Somewhat more than 8-r pet cwt. larger than the Winchester bushel.
Wheat is generally purchased by the merchant from the country shopkeeper in the months of February, March, mid April. It is brought to Quebec and Montreal as soon as the ice breaks up, and the navigation opens in the river St. Lawrence. From its being so very foul, it is seldom or never in a proper condition to be shipped, until it is cleaned. For that purpose it undergoes the operation of being once or twice put through what is called the cribbles, the expence of which, as well as the expence of bringing it from the place of its growth, is paid by the merchant exporter. It is brought by the river in small vessels, on which no assurance is ever effected, although there is considerable risk of loss, or at least of damage: this risk the merchant takes upon himself. When the grain is shipped, an account is made of all expences, and a consideration added for risk of river craft: all of which, with first cost, fixes the 'price on board. A commission of 5 per cent, is charged for shipping, and