Saint-Constant, Québec, Canada - 1832 - The church of the Parish of St. Constant
is near the R. La Torture in the N.E. division of this S. (La Salle). At least one-half of the lands of this parish were conceded before 1759 on the following terms, viz. each far, measuring 3 arpents by 30 or thereabouts, was rented at 1, 1 1/ 2 or at most 2 bushels of wheat, with 40,50,60 or 80 sols tournois, according to the length, breadth or even the situation of the conceded lands. Many inhabitants of the parish are desirous and able to erect new settlements, provided they could obtain lands near their relatives and friends or not far distant from them; the greater part of these young persons, instead of traveling in the spring to other countries, and living during the winter like vagabonds, spending the produce of their travels at public-houses in default of better occupation, would prefer taking farms in the seigniories and would zealously attach themselves to the cultivation of their lands; and there are certainly excellent lands fit for that purpose in the vicinity, for the S. of Beauharnois and the townships of Godmanchester, Hinchinbrook, Hemmingford and Sherrington do not yield in the quality of soil to any other places in the district.
A Topographical Dictionary of The Province of Lower Canada by Joseph Bouchette, Esq., London, 1832
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