Illustrated Toronto: Past and Present: Being an Historical and Descriptive Guide-book

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P.A. Gross, 1877 - Toronto (Ont.) - 368 pages

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Page 169 - Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the Prophets.
Page 110 - I never could enumerate all the blessings attendant on independence! Up then, brave Canadians! Get ready your rifles, and make short work of it; a connection with England would involve us in all her wars, undertaken for her own advantage, never for ours; with governors from England, we will have bribery at elections, corruption, villainy, and perpetual discord in every township, but independence would give us the means of enjoying many blessings.
Page 21 - Dense and trackless forests lined the margin of the lake, and reflected their inverted images in its glassy surface. The wandering savage had constructed his ephemeral habitation beneath their luxuriant foliage — the group then consisting of two families of Messassagas, — and the bay and neighbouring marshes were the hitherto uninvaded haunts of immense coveys of wild fowl : indeed they were so abundant as in some measure to annoy us during the night.
Page 107 - You give a bounty for wolves' scalps. Why? Because wolves harass you. The bounty you must pay for freedom (blessed word!) is to give the strength of your arms to put down tyranny at Toronto. One short hour will deliver our country from the oppressor; and freedom in religion, peace, and tranquillity, equal laws, and an improved country will be the prize. We contend, that in all laws made, or to be made, every person shall be bound alike — neither should any tenure, estate, charter, degree, birth,...
Page 71 - Our representative body has degenerated into a sycophantic office for registering the decrees of as mean and mercenary an Executive as ever was given as a punishment for the sins of any part of North America in the nineteenth century.
Page 106 - ... unlawful authority." The law says we shall not be taxed without our consent by the voices of the men of our choice, but a wicked and tyrannical government has trampled upon that law — robbed the exchequer — divided the plunder — and declared that, regardless of justice they will continue to roll their splendid carriages, and riot in their palaces, at our expense — that we are poor spiritless ignorant peasants, who were born to toil for our betters. But the peasants are beginning to open...
Page 64 - ... Excellency against the injurious policy hitherto pursued by the Provincial Administration; and although we at present see your Excellency unhappily surrounded by the same advisers as have so deeply wounded the feelings and injured the best interests of the country, yet in the interval of any necessary change...
Page 103 - George's Fields are fields no more, The trowel supersedes the plough ; Huge inundated swamps of yore, Are changed to civic villas now.
Page 109 - The struggle is begun — it might end in freedom; but timidity, cowardice, or tampering on our part, will only delay its close. We cannot be reconciled to Britain — we have humbled ourselves to the Pharaoh of England, to the Ministers and great people, and they will neither rule us justly nor let us go; we are determined never to rest until independence is ours — the prize is a splendid one. A country larger than France or England, natural resources equal to our most boundless wishes; a government...
Page 87 - McXab added, by way of amendment, " and therefore the said William Lyon Mackenzie, again elected and returned to represent the county of York in this present Parliament, is hereby expelled."* The resolution, as amend• Here is the official record :

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