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295.5.21

Dans une rue enneigée de la Nouvelle-France, un traîneau est mené à vive allure par un cocher et son cheval, apeurant un citoyen qui quitte le chemin et amenant un officier à souligner l'infraction. / A sled speeds down the snow-filled streets of New France, driven by a coachman as it is pulled along by his horse, which frightens a citizen who steps aside, forcing an officer to report the incident.

Untitled, undated

J. Mc Isaac
in Élie de Salvail, 366 anniversaires canadiens, 1930
Musée de la civilisation, Séminaire de Québec Library, 295.5.21

Ordinance of Bigot

"François Bigot, Chevalier, Counsellor to the King in his councils, Intendant of justice, the police, finance and the naval forces of New France.

Given the report that has been made to us, according to which, to the prejudice of various police regulations, the carters and other persons of this town, and even the inhabitants of the countryside who come here, drive their carts with such speed that they often no longer master their horses and knock over carts in their way as well as people on foot who are not given sufficient time to step out of the way; and since it is necessary to remedy such incidents, which can be unfortunate, as has already been observed.

We forbid all persons that drive a cart, or that mount horses, to have them gallop or go at full trot in the streets of this city; we command them, when they find people on foot in their way, to stop and even to turn aside, to give them time to step away; all of the above under pain of a fine of twenty pounds for the offenders, payable without discount, applicable to hospitals and of more severe sentences in case of subsequent offence.

We command the police officers to be zealous in the execution of the present ordinance, which will be read, published and posted in the customary manner, so that no one can claim the excuse of ignorance.

Made in Quebec City, the twenty-eighth of December of the year seventeen-hundred-and-forty-nine.

Signed: BIGOT"

Musée de la civilisation, bibliothèque du Séminaire de Québec, fonds ancien. Elie de Salvail, 366 anniversaires canadiens, Montréal, Les Frères des écoles chrétiennes, 1930, 646p. 295.5.21