Province of Canada, Legislative Council, Scrapbook Debates [Prorogation], 8th Parl, 5th Sess, (15 August 1866)


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Date: 1866-08-15
By: Province of Canada (Parliament)
Citation: Province of Canada, Parliament, Scrapbook Debates, 8th Parl, 5th Sess, 1866 at 92-94.
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The Prorogation

 

Ottawa, 15th August, 1866.

This day, at eleven o’clock a.m., His Excellency the Governor-General proceeding in state to the Chamber of the Legislative Council in the Parliament Building.  The members of the Legislative Council being assembled, His Excellency was pleased to command the attendance of the Legislative Assembly, and that House being present, the following bills were assented to in Her Majesty’s name by His Excellency the Governor-General, viz:

 

An Act to amend the Act of the present session, intituled:  “An Act to protect the inhabitants of Lower Canada against lawless aggressions from subjects of foreign countries at peace with Her Majesty.”

 

An Act to amend the Act 25 Victoria, chapter 30, to enable the ratepayers of the county of Lincoln to select a more convenient place for the county town.

 

An Act to establish the concession line between ranges 4 and 5 of the township of Buckingham, from lot 1 to the River du Lievre.

 

An Act to amend the Acts respecting the College of Regiopolis, and to erect the same into an University.

 

An Act to Incorporate the St. Patrick’s Asylum of Ottawa.

 

An Act to amend the city of Hamilton Debentures Act, 1863, by giving to the city additional powers in selling lands for arrears of taxes, and for more clearly defining the rights and liabilities of purchasers of land sold under that Act, and for other purposes.

 

An Act to amend the ninety-eighth chapter of the Consolidated Statutes for Upper Canada.

 

An Act to revive the Act twenty-sixth, Victoria, chapter sixteen, and extend the time for the completion of the Hamilton and Port Dover Railway.

An Act to amend the Act incorporating the Massawippi Valley Railway Company.

 

An Act to incorporate the Pierreville Steam Mills Company.

 

An Act for the incorporation of the Canada Vine Growers’ Association.

 

An Act specially to incorporate the Rossin House Hotel Company

 

An Act to incorporate the South Eastern Counties Junction Railway Company.

 

An Act to incorporate the “Ottawa City Passenger Railway Company.”

 

An Act to amend the Act concerning the erection and division of parishes, and the building and repairing of churches, parsonage houses and church yards and fabrique meetings, chapter eighteen of the Consolidated Statutes for Lower Canada.

 

An Act to incorporate “The Montreal Club.”

 

An Act to amend the Act incorporating the Mercantile Library Association of Montreal.

 

An Act to confirm the will of the late Robert Jackson, of the Township of Scarborough.

 

An Act to enable the Trustees of St. Paul’s Church, Montreal, to sell certain real estate.

 

An Act to incorporate the College of Saint Jerome, in the Town of Berlin.

 

An Act to attach a part of the township of Aylmer to the parish of St. Vital de Lambton, in the county of Beauce.

 

An Act to authorise the Law Society of Upper Canada to admit Hewitt Bernard as a member of the society and barrister-at-law.

 

An Act to incorporate the town of St. Ours.

 

An Act for indemnifying the members of the Executive Government, and others, for the unavoidable departure from the provisions of the Audit Act, occasioned by the necessity of maintaining a large militia force on native duty on the frontier, in the years 1865 and 1866.

 

An Act to facilitate the gendering of judgements in the Court of Queen’s Bench and Superior Court for Lower Canada.

 

An Act to amend the Act respecting attorneys-at-law.

 

An Act to amend the law of Crown and Criminal Procedure and evidence at trial in Upper Canada.

 

An Act to divide the township of Wawanosh into two separate municipalities.

 

An Act to attach a part of the township of Broughton to the parish of St. Frederick, in the county of Beauce.

 

An Act to amend the Act to incorporate the Cure of the parish of Notre Dame de Quebec.

 

An Act to amend the Act 27th Victoria, chapter 71, intituled: “An Act to incorporate the Board of Trade of the city of Hamilton.”

 

An Act to amend chapter thirty-four of the Consolidated Statutes of Canada relating to patents of invention.

 

An Act respecting the hearing of causes in the Court of Chancery for Upper Canada.

 

An Act to incorporate the Bothwell Tram Road and Bridge Company.

 

An Act to authorise the amalgamation of the Western Counties Permanent Building and Savings Society, with the Huron and Erie Savings and Loan Society.

              

An Act to incorporate certain persons under the name of “The St. Lawrence Navigation Company.”

 

An Act respecting persons in custody charged with high treason or felony.

 

An Act to amend the Act respecting the Court of Impeachment in Upper Canada.

 

An Act to amend the law respecting the appointment of recorders in Upper Canada.

 

An Act to amend the Act passed in the twenty-sixth year of Her Majesty’s reign, chapter fifty-nine, intituled: “An Act to incorporate the St. Lawrence Tow-Boat Company.”

 

An Act further to amend the charter of the Quebec Bank.

 

An Act to amend the Acts relating to the “Canada Landed Credit Company.”

 

An Act to extend and define the powers of the Savings Bank, known under the name of “La Caisse d’Economie de Notre-Dame de Quebec.”

 

An Act to rent certain lands in the rector and churchwardens of St. James Church, Toronto.

 

An Act to authorise the trustees of the Presbyterian Congregation of the town of Woodstock, in connection with the Church of Scotland, to sell certain lots in the said town, held by them in trust for the said congregation.

 

An Act to incorporate the Ottawa Natural History Society.

 

An Act to incorporate the Waterloo, Magog, and Stanstead Railway Company.

An Act to amend chapter seventy of the Consolidated Statutes for Lower Canada, intituled:  “An Act respecting Joint Stock Companies for the construction of roads and certain other works.”

 

An Act to amend section nine of chapter six of the Consolidated Statutes for Lower Canada, respecting tavern-keepers and the sale of intoxicating liquors.

 

An Act to erect a new municipality in the county of Beauharnois, under the name of St. Etienne de Beauharnois.

 

An Act to confirm and make valid the will of the late George Desbarais in Upper Canada.

 

An Act to legalise a certain by-law and certain debentures of the united counties of Huron and Beauce.

 

An Act to incorporate the town of Bothwell and to define the limits thereof.

 

An Act to authorise the sale of the Peterborough and Chemong Lake Railway, and for other purposes.

 

An Act to ament the charter of the British and Canadian School Society of Montreal.

 

An Act to legalize and confirm an agreement made between the Grand Trunk Railway Company of Canada and the Buffalo and Lake Huron Railway Company.

 

An Act to authorise the Hartford Oil Company to hold and convey certain lands.

 

An Act to authorise the Wyoming Petroleum Company to hold and convey certain lands.

 

An Act to provide for the sale of the Rectory lands in this Province.

An Act to amend the Act incorporating “The College of Ottawa,” and to grant certain privileges to the said college.

 

An Act to provide a fund towards defraying expenses incurred for matters necessary to the efficiency of the Registry Laws of Lower Canada.

 

An Act to Authorize the Corporation of the township of St. Vincent, in the county of Grey, to construct a harbor at the mouth of the Bighead River, in the said township; to impose and collect harbor dues, and for other purposes.

 

An Act further to amend the charter of the Bank of Upper Canada.

 

An Act to place the Wesleyan Methodist Church and property situated on the south side of Queen Street in the city of Toronto, under the direction of the “Model Deed” of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, in conference, for the better management thereof, and to vest the same in certain Trustees under said deed.

 

An Act to amend and extend the provisions of the Act incorporating the Port Hope, Lindsay and Beaverton Railway Company, and of the Acts amending the same.

 

An Act to amend the provisions of several Acts relating to the city of Montreal, and for other purposes.

 

An Act to incorporate the “Institut des Artisans Canadiens de Montreal.”

 

An Act to amend the Common Law Procedure Act of Upper Canada.

 

An Act to amend the Law of Upper Canada relating to the Drown Debtors.

 

An Act to incorporate the “Globe Printing Company.”

An Act to incorporate the Canadian Rubber Company of Montreal, or La Compagnie Canadienne de Caoutchone de Montreal.

 

An Act to confirm the settlement made by Charlotte Henderson, deceased, of an undivided moiety of land in Upper Canada.

 

An Act to authorise William John Bickett to construct a bridge over the River St. Charles.

 

An Act to enable the Municipality of the town of Belleville to purchase a site for a public cemetery, and to exempt the Roman Catholic rate payers of the said Municipality from taxation on account of the same.

 

An Act to incorporate the Ursuline Academy of Chatham.

 

An Act to incorporate the Belleville and Marmora Railway Company.

 

An Act to amend chapter one hundred and twenty-eight of the Consolidated Statutes for Upper Canada, intituled: “An Act respecting the administration of justice in unorganized tracts.”

 

An Act to provide for ascertaining what persons have rights in the commons of Berthier and Isle du Pads.

               An Act to authorise the issuing of letters patent of invention to Arthur Rankin, for a new and hitherto unknown description of fuel.

 

An Act to amend the Municipal Act of Lower Canada.

 

An Act to further amend the Act to incorporate the International Bridge Company.

 

An Act to incorporate the Roxton Mining Company.

 

An Act to incorporate the Dresden Great Western Oil Company.

 

An Act to authorise the construction of a tramway from the village of Orangeville, in the county of Wellington, to some point on the Grand Trunk Railway West of Toronto.

 

An Act to extend the provisions of the Act twenty-fifth Victoria, chapter forty, intituled:  “An Act to confirm and e3stablish certain roads in the township of Reach.”

 

An Act to divide the Municipality of Gaspe Bay South and York, in the county of Gaspe, into two separate Municipalities.

 

An Act to extend the period for the completion of the works of the North Shore Railway and St. Maurice Navigation and Land Company.

 

An Act to authorize the town of Stratford to issue debentures for redeeming their outstanding debentures.

 

An Act to authorize the sale of certain lands belonging to the estate of the late Honorable Peter Adamson.

 

An Act to incorporate the Crystal Lake Cemetery Company.

 

An Act to amend the charter of the Quebec Fire Assurance Company.

 

An Act to vest the Protestant burial ground at Hudson in the incumbent and churchwardens of St. James Church, Vaudreuil.

 

An Act to amend the Act to incorporate “L’Institut Canadien Francais de la Cite d’Ottawa.”

 

An Act to incorporate the village of New Edinburgh, in the county of Carleton.

 

An Act to erect the Township of Wickham into two separate Municipalities.

An Act to amend the Act passed in the twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth years of Her Majesty’s reign, respecting the granting of charters of incorporation to manufacturing, mining and other companies.

 

An Act to incorporate the Bank of Simcoe.

 

An Act to amend the Act incorporating the Quebec Marine Insurance Company.

 

An Act to enable Casimir Stanislans Gzowski and the Honorable David Lewis Macpherson to obtain letters patent for the invention of certain improvements in treating certain ores and alloys, and in obtaining metals and other products therefrom.

 

An Act to incorporate the Steele Iron and Railway Works Company, (Limited.).

 

An Act to declare and settle the construction of the marriage settlement of Harriett Margarette Gage, and confirming assurances made thereunder.

 

An Act to amend the Acts respecting Duties of Excise, and to alter the duty thereby imposed on spirits.

 

An Act to incorporate the Societe de Passage du Pont Neuf de St. Hyacinthe.

 

An Act to enable Pierre Eymard Jay and the Honorable Louis Antoine Dessaulles to take out, conjointly, patents of invention for different machines and inventions in this Act mentioned.

 

An Act to incorporate the Board of Trade of the city of London.

 

An Act to amend the Post Office Act.

 

An Act to incorporate “The Montreal Literary Club.”

 

An Act to naturalize John Rogers.

 

An Act to complete the separation of the county of Peel from the county of York.

 

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An Act respecting the Code of Procedure of Lower Canada.

 

An Act to remove doubts as to the legality of a canon of the synod of the Diocese of Quebec respecting the parish and chapelries of Quebec.

 

An Act to amend an Act respecting the Superior Court of civil and criminal jurisdiction in Upper Canada.

An Act to authorize the admission of William Lynn Smart as a Barrister in Upper Canada.

 

An Act to authorize Margaret Besserer to sell a block of land in the City of Ottawa for the benefit of her son, the devisee, a minor.

 

An Act for the improvement of the Napanee river.

 

An Act to erect the parish of St. Bonaventure, in the county of Drummond, into a separate municipality.

 

An Act to empower John Auld to dispose of certain real and personal estate, the property of his minor children.

 

The Buffalo and Lake Huron Railway Company’s capitalization arrears Act, 1866.

 

An Act to enable Philip Pearson Harris to obtain a patent for a machine for refining and deodorizing crude petroleum oil.

 

An Act to incorporate the St. Patrick’s Hall Association of Montreal.

 

An Act to enable the Honorable Philip H. Moore to obtain a patent for the invention of a new method of manufacturing peat into coal by process of steam.

 

An Ac t to incorporate the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Kingston.

 

An Act to permit the issuing of letters patent for a certain new and useful invention to Henry John Boswell.

 

An Act to authorize the issue to Messrs. J. D. Whelpley and J. J. Storer, of letters patent for a new and improved system of treating metallic ores.

 

An Act to amend an Act respecting the Volunteer Militia Force.

 

An Act to regulate the means of egress from public buildings.

 

An Act to amend the Act incorporating the city of Three Rivers.

 

An Act to incorporate “The Union Insurance Company of Canada.”

 

An Act to incorporate the Ecclestastical Society of St. John, in the Roman Catholic diocese of Kingston.

 

An Act to incorporate the Bank of London.

 

An Act to authorize the incorporation of the Cobourg, Peterborough and Marmora Railway and Mining Company, and for other purposes.

 

An Act to repeal the Act to legalise certain assessments in the city of Toronto, and to enable the mid city to recover the taxes rated and charged.

 

An Act to incorporate the society called La Caisse d’Epargnes de la Section S. Joseph de la Societe de Temperance de Montreal.

 

An Act to amend chapter twenty-seven of the Consolidated Statutes of Lower Canada, “respecting masters and servants in the country parts.”

 

An Act to amend chapter twenty-six of the Consolidated Statutes of Lower Canada, in so far as it relates to certain water courses in the district of Iberville.

 

An Act to amend the Act of the present session, intituled:  “An Act to provide for the sale of the Rectory Lands in this Province.”

 

An Act to amend the Act twenty-ninth Victoria, chapter seven, respecting works connected with the defence of the Province.

 

An Act to amend chapter fifteen of the Consolidated Statutes for Lower Canada, respecting public education.

 

An Act to continue for a limited time the Acts therein mentioned.

 

An Act to amend the Commissioners Court Act for Lower Canada.

 

An Act to amend the Act incorporating Belleville Seminary, and to confer on the same University powers, in so far as degrees in Arts.

 

An Act to amend the charter of the Bank of Canada.

 

An Act to incorporate the Long Point Company.

 

An Act to continue the title to lands held in trust for certain of the Indians resident in this Province.

 

An Act to provide for the issue of Provincial notes.

 

An Act to enable the Canadian Loan and Investment Company, incorporated under the Imperial Companies Act of 1861, 25 and 26 Victoria, chapter 80, to sell and dispose of certain lands, tenements and mortgage securities held by them in Upper Canada.

 

An Act to amend the Acts incorporating the Canada Central Railway Company.

 

An Act to enable Joseph Robinson Rawden to be examined by the Law Society of Upper Canada for admission as an attorney and solicitor.

 

An Act to adjust the boundary lines, and to settle the titles in certain ranges of the township of Grenville.

 

An Act to amend the Acts respecting Duties of Customs, and the Tariff of Duties payable under them.

 

An Act respecting the Municipal Institutions of Upper Canada.

 

An Act to amend the Medical Act for Upper Canada.

 

An Act to amend and consolidate the several Acts respecting the assessment of property in Upper Canada.

 

An Act to amend the law respecting appeals in cases of summary convictions, and Returns thereof by Justices of the Peace in Upper Canada.

 

An Act to make further provisions in relation to the Temperalities of the United Church of England and Ireland, in the Province.

 

An Act to enable Hugh Burgess to obtain a patent for certain new and useful improvements.

 

An Act to amend the chapter six of the Consolidated Statutes of Canada, intituled:  “An Act respecting elections of members of the Legislature.”

 

An Act to prevent the unlawful training of persons to the use of arms, and to practice military evolutions or exercises; and to authorize Justices of the Peace to seize and detain arms collect or kept for purposes dangerous to the public peace.

 

An Act to incorporate the Fenelon Falls, Minden, Haliburton and Northern Lakes Steam Navigation Company.

 

An Act to amend the Act incorporating the Bank of Nothumberland.

 

An Act to amend the law respecting the inspection of leather and raw hides.

 

An Act to amend and consolidate the Act s to impose a tax on dogs, and to provide for the better protection of sheep in Upper Canada.

 

An Act to explain certain provisions of the Seigniorial Act.

 

An Act to amend chapter twenty-six of the Consolidated Statutes of Lower Canada, intituled: “An Act respecting abuses prejudicial to Agriculture.”

 

An Act to extend the powers of the Trinity House of Quebec.

 

An Act to amend the law in respect of view by jurors, in Upper Canada.

 

An Act respecting the bar of Lower Canada.

 

An Act to enable compensation to be made to the heirs of the late Mrs. Elizabeth McKay, for the erroneous issue by the Crown, of Letters Patent for lands to which she was entitled.

 

An Act to amend chapter thirty-two of the Consolidated Statutes of Canada, respecting the Bureau of Agriculture and Agricultural Societies.

 

An Act to amend the Act of the present session, intituled:  “An Act to amend and consolidate the several Acts respecting the Municipal Institutions of Upper Canada.”

 

An Act for more effectually securing the liberty of the subject.

 

An Act to amend the Act to amend and consolidate the provisions contained in the Acts and Ordinances relating to the Corporation of and the supply of water to the city of Quebec.

Then the Honourable the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly addressed His Excellency the Governor-General [Viscount Monck] as followeth:

 

May it please your Excellency [Viscount Monck],—Immediately upon the opening of the present session, the attention of the Legislature was directed by Your Excellency to the outrages which had been committed upon the soil of Canada by a lawless band of marauders who had crossed the frontier at various points from the neighboring states, and assailed the lives and property of our peaceable citizens.

The formidable aspect of this invasion had compelled Your Excellency, by the advice of your Ministers, to call out for active service as a large portion of the Volunteer Militia Force of the Province, and to incur considerable expense in defending the country from aggression. No sooner had we returned from your Excellency’s presence than, with an alacrity and unanimity unprecedented in the history of Parliament, bills were passed through all their stages conferring up on Your Excellency the necessary powers for dealing summarily with all those misguided persons who had been or might be here after concerned in the senseless movement which is known by the name of “Fenianism,” and empowering the government to act with the most promptitude in the maintenance of law and order throughout the land.

It is a subject of sincere congratulation and thankfulness, that the loyalty, vigor and foresight which were displayed by the Legislature up on that occasion—and which met with a hearty response and approval from the public at large— have been instrumental in allaying popular excitement, restoring confidence to the community, and frustrating the machinations of the Queen’s enemies in their evil designs against Her Majesty’s colonies on this continent.

In view of the approaching change in the political condition of British North America, our attention has been seriously directed to the formation of the Local Governments of Upper and Lower Canada, to be connected here after by a Federative Union with the Maritime Provinces. Resolutions embodying the opinions of the legislature up on this momentous question have been matured, agreed upon, and transmit it to Your Excellency to be forwarded for the consideration of the Imperial Government.

The gradual but decided change of opinion in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia on behalf of a closer alliance with Canada, the favour with which the scheme of Confederation has been received by the most eminent statesman in the mother country, and the cordial satisfaction events throughout these provinces at the prospect of political union with those who are already so nearly connected with us by ties of interest and friendly intercourse, agree in encouraging the hope that we are about to enter upon a new era, where in by the favour and blessing of Almighty God, the British Colonies in North America will become a great, powerful and wealthy nation, cleaving the closer to the parents date, because of the freedom we enjoy under the beneficent rule of our beloved Queen.

Notwithstanding the absorbing interest which has naturally attached to the grave constitutional questions connected with the safety, protection, and future government of the Canadas, the attention of Parliament has been directed to various other measures of minor importance for the improvement of our municipal system, the fostering of native industry, and in general and advancement of our material prosperity. The Code of Civil Procedure for Lower Canada has also received the approval of the legislature, and mature consideration by a select committee of members of the legal profession from that section of the province. The number of bills, both public and private, which have been just submitted for Your Excellency’s sanction, will testify to the zeal and assiduity with which the Legislature has fulfilled its responsible duties during the present session.

I have now the honour to present for your excellencies acceptance of Bill entitled:

 

An Act for renting to Her Majesty certain sums of money required for defraying certain expenses of the Civil Government for the financial year ending on the 13th day of June, 1867, and for other purposes connected with the Public Service.

 

To this Bill Royal Assent was signed, in the following words: —

 

In her Majesty’s Name His Excellency the Governor-General [Viscount Monck] thanks Her loyal subjects, accepts their benevolence, and assents to this Bill.

 

After which His Excellency the Governor General [Viscount Monck] was pleased to reserve the following bill for the signification of Her Majesty’s pleasure thereon:—

 

An Act to postpone, for a limited time, the issuing of writs for the next election of members of the Legislative Council,

 

ASSENTED TO 8TH JUNE, 1866.

 

An Act to authorise the apprehension and attention until the eighth day of June, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-seven, of such persons as shall be suspected of committing acts of hostility or conspiring against Her person and Government.

 

An Act protect the inhabitants have Lower Canada against lawless aggression from subjects of foreign countries at peace with Her Majesty.

 

After which His Excellency the Governor General [Viscount Monck], was pleased to close the fifth session of the eighth provincial parliament, with the following

 

SPEECH.

 

Honorable Gentleman of the Legislative Council:

 

Gentlemen of the Legislative Assembly ;

 

I have much pleasure in releasing you from further attendance in Parliament, and I observe with satisfaction, the large amount of important business, both public and private, which you have transacted during the session.

The completion of the code of Civil Procedure in Lower Canada, is a permanent memorial of the ability and industry of those who devised and carry the project into execution, and cannot fail to be highly advantageous to those who live within that portion of the province.

By the Acts for amending the laws relating to Municipal Institutions, and improving the mode of Assessment in Upper Canada, the municipal system of that Province, already admirable will be further consolidated an improved.

It must be a source of satisfaction to you to feel that the credit of the Province will be strengthened and her commercial operations will be extended by the changes which have been made in the duties on imports and other financial alterations, tending to reduce the cost of living in Canada.

 

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We may confidently expect that the effect of the tariff which you have adopted will be to provide for the public wants without opening new sources of taxation, and to increase the available resources of the country by enlarging the markets for the industry of the people.

The establishment of telegraphic connection between the portions of the dominions of our Queen situated on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, has been hailed in Canada with feelings of the utmost satisfaction. The success of this great undertaking cannot fail to advance the progress of civilization, to extend the operations of trade and thereby to promote the peace and prosperity of the world at large.

 

Gentlemen of the Legislative Assembly:

 

I thank you for the liberal provision you have made for the public service of the current year.

It shall be my object and that of my advisors to administer your grants so as to secure at once economy and efficiency.

I am particularly gratifying that you have enabled me to make provision for those who have been suffered by the loss of relations, or have been wound did during the late attack on the province.

This act is a just tribute on your part to the patriotism of the men upon whom devolves the defence of the Province, and will prove to the survivors that they do not serve an ungenerous or ungrateful country.

The votes for purposes of public defense are on a scale which will enable the government to improve the efficiency of the volunteers in armament, equipment and drill, and no exertions shall be wanting to apply your grants with effect in each of these particulars.

 

Honorable Gentleman and Gentlemen:

 

I rejoice that you have completed your part of the plan for the Union of the colonies of British North America, and I shall not fail to transmit to the Secretary of State for the Colonies [Right Hon. Earl of Carnarvon], for presentation to Her Majesty, your address on the subject.

In bringing to have closed the last session likely to be held under the Act for the Union of the two Canadas, I congratulate the Parliament which that law called into existence on the retrospect afforded by the events of the last quarter of a century in this province

You can mark during that period, the firm consolidation of your institution’s, both political and municipal, the extended settlement of your country—the development of your internal resource is an foreign trade—the improvement and simplification of your laws—and, above all, the education which the adoption of the system of responsible government has afforded to your statesman in the well tried ways of the British Constitution.

The same principles the application of which has been attended with so much advantage in the smaller union, will be the guide of your course in the larger sphere of action on which you are now about to enter, and I fervently pray that the blessings which you have hitherto enjoyed may be given in larger measure to that new nationality of which you will form a part, and the dimensions of which will entitle it to a high place amongst the powers of the world.

 

The Speaker of the Assembly was accompanied by a small number of members, most of them having previously left the city, and the floor of the Council Chamber presented a beggarly array of empty chairs, not more than seven or eight members of the council being in their seats. Through anything proceedings, which lasted about two hours, all the galleries work out with spectators. His Excellency [Viscount Monck] on leaving was loudly cheered by the crowd in the grand hall, and outside the main tower. On his departure a royal salute was fired with admirable regularity, by the Ottawa Field Battery. As at the opening of the session, the Cadets formed a guard of honour in the interior of the building, and the Civil Service Rifles outside.

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