1867 signed envelope P.A. Tremblay, Member of 1st Canadian Parliament

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Mailed envelope from Member of Parliament P. Pierre-Alexis Tremblay (Chicoutimi—Saguenay QC) to H. J. Morgan in Ottawa.

Signed by ‘P.A. Tremblay’ at bottom, in order to get free postage allowed to Members.

There are no contents, but from having seen others of this type of letter, inside would have been a pre-printed form letter from Morgan, to be filled out by Members of Parliament and Senate and sent back, in order to be added to his upcoming Parliamentary guide.

Light red ‘FREE’ cancellation, black 'FREE’ cancellation and smudged circular red ‘HOUSE OF COMMONS’. Broken circle cancellation 'OTTAWA C.W. NO 6 67’. The 'C.W.' stands for 'Canada West', as Ontario was known from 1841 to 1867.

Note that November 6th was the first day that 1st Canadian Parliament was in session.

Toning left and lower borders. Rust spots on back.

8 x 13 cm.


Pierre-Alexis Tremblay (1827–1879) was a surveyor and Quebec political figure. He was a Liberal Member of Parliament from 1867 to 1875 and 1878 to 1879.

He was born in La Malbaie, Lower Canada in 1827. Near the end of 1853, he began carrying out surveys in the Saguenay region. As a journalist, he contributed to a number of newspapers of the time: Le Canadien, La Nation, Le National, L’Événement and L’Éclaireur. He was elected to Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada for Chicoutimi—Saguenay in an 1865 by-election.

In 1867, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Quebec in Chicoutimi-Saguenay; in the same year he was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the same riding; such dual mandates were legal at the time. He was re-elected provincially in 1871 in the same seat, and in 1872 he was elected in Charlevoix federally. He resigned from the Quebec seat in 1874 when holding seats in both legislatures became illegal. His election in Charlevoix was invalidated in August 1875. He was defeated in a by-election held in 1876 but was able to overturn this result in the Supreme Court of Canada in 1877 by demonstrating that the Quebec clergy had exerted undue influence against him during the election. He represented Charlevoix federally from 1878 until his death in Quebec City in 1879.

Henry James Morgan (1842 – 1913) was a Canadian civil servant, lawyer, author and editor, probably best known for publishing collections of biographical sketches of notable Canadians.

From 1862 to 1876, Morgan was editor for the Canadian Parliamentary Companion, the predecessor to the Canadian Parliamentary Guide.


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