|John Patterson Geo. Black, John
Burn, John Crawford, W. G. Hall, Joanna George, John Hewison, J. Gray,
Maya Darling, David Douglas, F. Leslie, William Lindsay, George Wilde,
Robt. Wood, Janet Smith, Fred. Petry, Lewis Harper, William Smith, James
Ross, Mary Doyle, Henrietta Sewell, David Stewart, A. Anderson, Jane
Sewell, John Yule, John Anderson, C. W. Grant, Angus McIntyre, Robt Ross,
Robert Ritchie, John Mackie, Wm. Fraser, George Pyke, John Purss.
Johnston, Wm. Hay, Joseph Stilson, Wm. Thompson, Jr., Wm. McKay, Henry
Hunt, Con Adamson, Robt. Harrower, George Thompson.
Quebec, 5th October, 1802.
Some of these signatures are quite
suggestive, and will add materially to the Autograph Album of the Society.
The most notable is probably that of old Adam Lymburner, the cleverest of
the three Lymburners, all merchants at Quebec in 1775.* Adam, according to
the historian Garneau, was more distinguished for his forensic abilities
and knowledge of constitutional law than for his robust allegiance to the
Hanoverian succession at Quebec, when Colonel Benedict Arnold and his New
Englanders so rudely knocked at our gates for admission in 1775.
According to Garneau and other
historians, in the autumn of that memorable year, when the fate of British
Canada hung as if by a thread, Adam Lymburner, more prudent than loyal,
retired from the sorely beset fortress to Charlesbourg, possibly to
Château Bigot, a shooting box then known as the "Hermitage," to meditate
on the mutability of human affairs. Later on, however, in the exciting
times of 1791, Adam Lymburner was deputed by the colony to England to
suggest amendments to the
Adam, the oldest;
John lost at sea on his voyage to England, in the fall of 1775; and
Matthew, who, later on, we think was a partner in the old firm of
Lymburner & Crawford, came to his end, in a melancholy manner, at the
Falls of Montmorency, about 1823. Were they all brothers? we cannot say.
Adam and John were.