Montreal, Province of Quebec (Quebec), [after 1783]. Illustration : Francis Back.
Class at the end XVIIIth century
Under British rule, there were few changes made in the schools of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, apart from the fact that, from 1771 to 1786 half-boarders were accepted. After the war, many inhabitants could not afford to pay full boarding for their daughters. Otherwise, the teaching of catechism, reading, writing, domestic science and arithmetic was carried out as usual. With regard to this last subject, a 1783 order published by Monsieur de Montgolfier, Superior of the Sulpicians and of the Congregation, advised the Sisters, for reasons of modesty, not to use algebraic symbols (+ - x) but rather to write out their operations in long hand.