Despatch from Lieutenant Governor Arthur Gordon to Right Hon. Edward Cardwell, No. 29 (27 March 1865)

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Date: 1865-03-27
By: Arthur Gordon
Citation: Despatch from Lieutenant Governor Arthur Gordon to Right Hon. Edward Cardwell, No. 29 (27 March 1865) in UK, Parliament, Correspondence respecting the Proposed Union of the British North American Provinces (London: George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, 1867).
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No. 7.

COPY of a DESPATCH from Lieut.-Governor the Hon. ARTHUR GORDON to the Right Hon. EDWARD CARDWELL, M.P.


Fredericton, N.B., March 27, 1865.
(Received April 11, 1865.)
(Answered No.67, April 13, 1865, page 117.)


I HAVE the honour to enclose a copy of the report submitted to me by the delegates appointed to attend the Conference held at Quebec in October last. Though dated November 11th it was only delivered to me last Saturday.

I have, &c.


The Right Hon. Edward Cardwell, M.P.,
&c. &c. &c.

Enclosure in No. 7.

To his Excellency the Hon. ARTHUR HAMILTON GORDON, C.M.G., Lieutenant-Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Province of New Brunswick, &c. &c. &c.


The undersigned, having been appointed by your Excellency, at the request of the Governor-General, to confer with the Government of Canada, and with delegates appointed by the Governments of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island, upon the subject of a Federal Union of the British North American Provinces, have the honor to submit their report.

The Conference met at Quebec on the 10th of October, and was composed of 33 members :–

For Canada.

The Hon. Sir E. P. Tache, M.L.C., Receiver-General and Minister of Militia.
The Hon. John A. MacDonald, M.P.P., Attorney-General (Upper Canada).
The Hon. G.E. Cartier, M.P.P., Attorney-General (Lower Canada)
The Hon. George Brown, M.P.P., President of the Executive Council.
The Hon. O. Mowatt, M.P.P., Postmaster-General
The Hon. A. T. Galt, M.P.P., Minister of Finance.
The Hon. T. D. McGee, M.P.P., Minister of Agriculture.
The Hon. William McDougall, M.P.P., Provincial Secretary.
The Hon. Alexander Campbell, M.L.C., Commissioner of Crown Lands.
The Hon. T.C. Chapais, M.P.P., Commissioner of Public Works.
The Hon. J. H. Langevin, Solicitor-General (Lower Canada)
The Hon. James Cockburn, M.P.P., Solicitor-General (Upper Canada)

For Nova Scotia.

The Hon. Charles Tupper, M.P.P., Provincial Secretary
The Hon. W.A. Henry, M.P.P., Attorney – General.
The Hon. J. McCully, M.L.C
The Hon. Robert B. Dickey, M.L.C.
Adam H. Archibald, Esq., M.P.P

For New Brunswick.

The Hon. S.L. Tilley, Provincial and Financial Secretary.
The Hon. W.H. Steeves, M.L.C., M.E.C.
The Hon. J. M. Johnson, M.P.P., Attorney-General
The Hon. P, Mitchell, M.L.C., M.E.C.
The Hon. E. B. Chandler, M.L.C
Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon. John H. Gray, M.P.P.
The Hon. Charles Fisher, M.P.P.

For Newfoundland.

F. B. T. Carter, Esq., M.P.P.
John Ambrose Shea, Esq., M.P.P.

For Prince Edward Island.

Col. the Hon. J.H. Gray, M.P.P.
The Hon. E. Palmer, Attorney-General.
The Hon. W.H. Pope, Colonial Secretary.
The Hon. A.A. McDonald, M.L.C.
The Hon. G. Coles, M.P.P.
The Hon. J.H. Haviland, M.P.P.
The Hon. E. Whelan, M.P.P.

And was organized by the appointment of the Hon. Sir E. P. Tache, Chairman, and the Hon. Messrs. William McDougall, Charles Tupper, S. L. Tilley, Ambrose Shea, and W. H. Pope, joint secretaries.

After the most earnest and careful consideration of the whole question, the Conference agreed to a series of resolutions, a copy of which we did not submit for your Excellency’s information.*

(Signed) S.L. TILLEY.

November 15, 1864.

*Not received.

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