As in French society under the Ancien Régime, members of the colonial elite placed a great importance on the prestige connected to their title and their rank in the hierarchy. As a result of these endless quarrels over precedence, the King was forced to stipulate the place to be taken by notable persons during church services and processions, as well as the order in which they were to receive the various distinctions.

Precedence in the Church
Reglement pour les honneurs dans les Eglises du Canada [Regulation concerning honours in the Churches of Canada], April 27, 1716
FR CAOM COL C11A 106 fol. 377-380