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DUQUET, Joseph, Canadian notary, born in Chateauquay, Canada, in 1817" died in Montreal in 1838. He began his studies in the College of Montreal, and finished them in the College of Chambly. He adopted the profession of notary, and became the partner of his uncle, M. Demaray, in the town of Saint Jean. The latter, a member of the Canadian legislature, was arrested in 1837, along with several others. Duquet attempted a rescue, which failed, and then set out for Montreal, to put his friends on their guard, and to organize a force that would secure the release of the prisoners. When he arrived at Longueil, learning that his friends had been rescued and that he was himself in great danger from the pursuit of the government troops, he fled to the United States. He returned to Canada after a short stay, taking part in the fight at Moor's Corner, in winch the Canadians were beaten.
He escaped to the United States and remained at Swanton until Lord Durham's proclamation of amnesty, when he returned to his own country. When he learned that the Canadian exiles, who had taken refuge in the United States, were preparing to return to Canada under the command of Robert Nelson, he prepared to assist them. He was one of the most active organizers of the Chasseurs, a secret society, and went from parish to parish, preparing the people for the great rising of the3d of November. On that date, in conjunction with Cardinal, he arrested all the principal tortes of Laprairie, and set out at the head of a small force to take possession of Caughnawaga and deprive the Indian inhabitants of their arms. He was betrayed by those who were to aid him, arrested, and conducted to the prison of Montreal, where he was hanged.
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