“Visit of the Delegates to Laval University and Quebec Seminary”, Morning Chronicle (21 October 1864)

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Date: 1864-10-21
By: Morning Chronicle
Citation: “Visit of the Delegates to Laval University and Quebec Seminary”, [Quebec] Morning Chronicle (21 October 1864).
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Our leading educational institution was yesterday honored by a visit from a number of the delegates from the Maritime Province attending the Intercolonial Conference now being held in the city. At three o’clock P.M., the distinguished visitors were received in the recaption-room of the University by His Lordship the Bishop of Tloa, administrator of the Diocese of Quebec, His Lordship the Bishop of Hamilton, His Lordship the Bishop of Kingston, the Rector of the University, the Deans and Professors of the several faculties, and the University students. The whole party then proceeded to the great ball, where the pupils of the Quebec Seminary to the number of four hundred were assembled; and the Rector read the following:


“Honorable Gentlemen, —

“There are in the lives of nations, as in those of individuals, moments of solemn import, on which their destiny hangs.

“The British colonies of North America are now in one of those critical periods, the influence of which may even surpass our provision.

“History will hand down to posterity the names of all those to whom the confidence of their fellow-citizens has entrusted with this great mission of examining the basis of our political constitutions, and of proposing fundamental modifications.

“It is not the part of a literary and scientifical institution to express an opinion of the all-important questions of the day; yet I cannot remain indifferent to debates which concern our common country, understand as it does how well worth of the best wishes of all are the eminent personages on whose shoulders weighs so heave a responsibility.

“Moreover, the prosperity of an institution such as this is too closely connected with the future of the country not to partake in the anxiety with which, from the sources to the mouth of the St. Lawrence, five millions of British subjects await the result of your important labors.

“The students of the Quebec Seminary and those of Laval University, whom you see here united also share in our emotional in after year some of them may, in their turn, be called on to guide the ship of the state, and to continue the construction, the foundations of which it is your mission to lay.

“Whatever may be the issue of your deliberations, permit us to assure you, honourable gentlemen, in the name of all our pupils and Alumni, that your visit will be long borne in mind by them. Nor will it be without result, for, while engaged in the task of developing their intelligence, they will be animated by the grateful remembrance of the honor conferred of their alma mater by the presence of the most eminent and most influential men of this immense territory.”

Hon. Mr. Tapper, on behalf of himself and his co-delegates, read the following:


“To the Very Reverend E. .A. Tascherau, D.C.L, Rector of the University of Laval.

“VERY REVEREND SIR, — We beg to express our grateful estimate of the very flattering terms in which we have been addressed by you, on behalf of the Faculties and Alumni of this distinguished University, and of the protestors and students of the Quebec Seminary.

“Engaged as we are in the important duty of endeavoring, in conjunction with the Government of Canada, so to improve the political institutions of the British American Provinces as to promote the common interests of all, we are much gratified to learn that our high mission is duly appreciated at a great seat of learning from which the public sentiment of the country must be largely influenced.

“The students of the Quebec Seminary as also the Faculties and Alumni of Laval University, may rest assured that our best efforts will be exerted to find a wise solution of the great question which has been submitted to our deliberations but in any event we will not soon forget the distinguished mark of respect which you have been pleased to offer us on the present occasion.

“(Signed,) Charles Tupper, W. A. Henry, J. McCully, R. B. Dickey, A. G. Archibald, of Nova Scotia.
“S. L. Tilley, C.W. Steeve, W. Johnson, B.B. Chandler, G. H. Gray, Charles Fisher, of New Brunswick.
“J. W. L. Carter, Ambroso Shea, of Newfoundland.
“J.H. Gray, Edw. Palmer, W.S. Pope, A. A. Macdonald, Georde Coles, T. Heath Haviland, Edward Whelsn, of Prince Edwards’ Island.”

The Seminary Band then struck up a joyous strain, and the visitors proceeded to the terrace-roof of the main building, whence a magnificent view of the city, harbour and surrounding country was obtained. The delegates were highly delighted with the prospect, and unanimously declared it to be one of the most beautiful they had ever beheld. After having thus feasted their eyes on the beauties of nature, they proceeded– accompanied by their hosts — to visit the several departments of the University, including the library, the museums of mineralogy and botany, the cabinets of physics and chemistry, the schools of law and medicine, and the students’ residence attached, c. It is needless to say that they were deeply immersed with the vast extent of the University and the unrivalled educational facilities which it affords. In fact we are informed that several of the delegates expressed a desire to send their sons to be educated within its walls. It was almost five o’clock when the visitors took leave, highly pleased with what they had seen.

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