Edward Whelan, [The Quebec Conference], The Examiner (7 October 1864)
By: Edward Whelan, The Examiner (Charlottetown), Quebec Conference
Citation: Edward Whelan, The Examiner (10 October 1864).
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Charlottetown, October 10, 1864.
To The Readers of The Examiner
Being on my way to Canada to co-operate with my friends, Messrs. Coles and Macdonald, as Delegates to the Inter-Colonial Convention, with the view of humbly representing the opinions of the Liberal Party, so far as we may presume to do so—I must humbly bespeak your indulgence if you miss from the editorial columns of the Examiner, for a sort time, the old familiar hand. One or two gentlemen of experience have, however, kindly promised to act in my behalf, and so confident am I in their ability, that the readers of the Examiner will, no doubt, congratulate themselves on the temporary transfer of its management.
One word more. While engaged in the discharge of a public duty, I will not cease to remember with the most pleasant feelings the long, and perhaps not unuseful intercourse which subsisted between myself and my readers. In acting with my brother delegates, I will earnestly labour to be guided by a strict regard for the interests of my adopted country—which they, after twenty-one years’ residence in it, have a right to claim at my hands. Whatever may be the basis of the Report to be agreed upon by the Delegates at the Quebec Convention, I will venture to say, in no boasting or egotistical spirit, that my hand will never be put to any document calculated to endanger her interests in the slightest degree. But I sincerely believe that all the delegates from the Island, those from the Government side as well as those on the Opposition, will so represent the land of their birth and adoption as to remove many, if not all the prejudices which have unfortunately taken possession of the public mind of the Island in regard to the great question of Inter-Colonial Union.
On board the Steam Yacht Queen Victoria, at Shediac, Friday morning, October 7th, 1864