Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City) - Until the year 1682, the houses in the Lower Town (of Quebec) were of wood.
On the 5th August, in that year, a fire took place which consumed the whole of the buildings, except one house. All the merchandise in the stores, which were full, was destroyed ; and as expressed in our French manuscript, " they lost that night more valuables than all Canada at present possesses." The house which escaped the flames belonged to M. Aubert De Lachenaye. He was a rich and generous merchant, and liberally assisted his countrymen with his power and means in rebuilding their houses. He lent his money so freely that there was scarcely a house in the Lower Town which was not mortgaged to him ; and this he did for no sordid purpose, but for the good of the Colony, and of his fellow citizens.
Hawkins's Picture of Quebec: With Historical Recollections,Alfred Hawkins John Charlton Fisher, 1834
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