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Old Quebec: a Hand Drawn Map Made for the British Commander in the City

Major General Charles Trollope
Map of Old Quebec - the most intact fortified town north of Mexico - drawn for the British commander in the city, Major General Charles Trollope… Read more
Published in 1858 by Unpublished.
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Map of Old Quebec - the most intact fortified town north of Mexico - drawn for the British commander in the city, Major General Charles Trollope - together with a vellum scroll presented to Trollope on his departure to Nova Scotia, signed by 36 of Quebec’s magistrates.

Trollope (1808-1888) had served as a junior officer in New Brunswick during the Aroostook War of 1838-9 before postings in the Ionian Islands and Crimea, subsequently returning to Canada in the 1850s where he served in Quebec and for 3 years as Commander in Chief of British forces in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It seems evident from Trollope’s involvement in the Quebec Driving Club (see below) and the lavish praise of the city’s magistrates that his time in Quebec was a success, but the prize in this small collection that comes from Trollope’s descendants is the hand drawn map of Old Quebec, the historic and cultural heart of Quebec City, and the birthplace of French North America.

1. Quebec, Hand-drawn map of the Upper Town of Quebec City, overlooking the confluence of the St Lawrence and St Charles Rivers. The legend reads: ‘Plan Shewing, the Barracks, Magazines, Military Buildings, & Fortifications’, pen and ink on thin ‘J Whatman 1851’ paper, folded. The Citadelle of Quebec appears as a star fort in the lower portion of the map, with its fortifications and individual buildings named. Above this is the street structure fanning out from the military and administrative centre, including the ‘French Cathedral’, Seminary Garden, House of Assembly and Chateau St Louis, Palace Gate Barracks (now Quebec City Hall), Governor’s Garden, Durham Platform and the Place D’Armes and Chateau St Louis (now site of Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenace).

2 A smaller drawing: ‘Quebec. Plan of the Warders Q.rs... Shewing the accommodation for 1 Chief Warder and 5 Warders’, pen and watercolour wash, signed ‘C A de Montmorency... 14/8/1857’ - this seems to be linked to attempts made during the 1850s to improve garrison accommodation in Quebec.

3 Rules and Regulations of the Quebec Driving Club, 1857, Printed at the Office of the Morning Chronicle, Mountain Hill, Quebec. An unrecorded imprint issued by a sledge driving club of which Trollope was briefly President: blue wrappers, pp4. Annotation to page 2 relating to Trollope’s presidency.

4. Large vellum public letter(60x35cm) ‘To Major General Charles Trollope... being informed that you are on the eve of leaving for Halifax’ where he took command of forces in Nova Scotia; 36 signatures of Quebec’s grateful magistrates, E Dagal, John Ross, F H Paradis etc.

5 Trollope’s gracious draft response to the magistrates (f1) together with a copy of his final letter and the magistrates’ letter (ff2)


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Added under Ephemera
Publisher Unpublished
Date published 1858
Subject 1 Ephemera
First edition Yes
Signed Yes
Product code 8464


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