The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada by the United Empire Loyalists, 1784-1884

The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada by the United Empire Loyalists, 1784-1884

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...loyalty to Canada, and therefore at this present, to the Crown, existed as a strong under-current through the whole Dominion. He would mention an instance which took place in a section of the country, where he had resided a great deal during the past few years, as a case in point. It occurred on the Grand River, in the County of Haldimand, near to where the descendants of our brave allies--the Six Nation Indians--come from, and who, to-day, are so well represented at this gathering. At a convention of one of our great parties in 1882, called to nominate a candidate to represent it, when the name of a candidate for nomination, who was not personally well known to many of the delegates, was brought before the convention, one of the leading men in the county rose and said: "Before a nomination could be made unanimous in this convention, they must first know the feelings of the candidate on British Connection." His answer was, that, "If severance from the British Empire took place, and there followed the inevitable annexation to the United States, his inclinations would lead him to sell all that he possessed in this his native land, and leave it for ever." The reply satisfied the convention. This spirit of loyalty as shown there, in Haldimand, Mr. Merritt was confident not only existed strongly in that county, but would be found to be the key-note of the national feelings in every county in Canada. Being of a younger generation than the previous speakers, he believed he could vouch for by far the largest number of the young men of Canada, when he said the sentiments of loyalty that had been so ably expressed by the Lieutenant-Governor, Col. George T. Denison and Senator Plumb, would sink deep into their hearts and bear...
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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236930428
  • 9781236930422