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Lavaltrie, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine) - 1832 - LAVLATRIE and its augmentation,
seigniory, in the co. of Berthier, is bounded N.E. by Lanoraye and its augmenation; S.W. by St. Suplpice; in the rear by the T. of Kildare; in front by the St. Lawrence. - The original grant consisted of 1 1/ 2 league in breadth and depth, and was made, Oct. 29, 1672, to Sieur de Lavaltrie: the augmentation, of the same breadth and 2 1/ 2 leagues in depth, was granted to Sieur Marganne de Lavaltrie, April 21, 1734. Both grants remain in the possession of the heirs of the original grantee. - This is a very valuable property; the land is generally level from the rear to the St. Lawrence, whose banks here are rather low. The quality of the soil varies a little, bu the major part is good and productive, and is either a light-grayish earth, a yellowish loam, or clay mixed with sand; nearly the whole is under culture, and yields ample crops under a system of husbandry in several respects creditable to the farmers. Wheat and grain for the chief part of the disposable produce of this tract, and good hay in great abundance is made from some very extensive and excellent ranges of meadow land. The R. L'Assomption winds its broad but shallow stream through the upper part of the seigniory, and the lower portion is watered by the rivulets Point du Jour and St. Antoine and the little river St. John, which turns a corn and saw mill near the St. Lawrence into which it falls. - The original grant forms the parish of St. Antoine de Lavaltrie. The 2nd grant or augmentation forms the parish of St. Paul de Lavaltrie, and the church and the chapel are in the concession S. of the rivulet St. Pierre, over which is a bridge, near the church, communicating with a little village, from which a good road leads to the Village of Industry. This seigniory contains 16 ranges of concessions, divided into 746 lots, and about 32,000 acres are under good cultivation...
The Village of Lavaltrie is in the P. of St. Antoine, and is seated at the foot of a small declivity on the verge of the bank of the St. Lawrence, which is at that place very low. - From the appearance of the settlements in the vicinity the inhabitants appear to be in easy circumstances...
A Topographical Dictionary of The Province of Lower Canada by Joseph Bouchette, Esq., London, 1832
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