Minutes of the Proceedings of the Second Convention of Delegates of the British American League: Held at Toronto, C.W., on Thursday, November 1, and by Adjournment on the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th of November, 1849

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Page 8 - That a union of the British- American Provinces on mutually advantageous and finally arranged terms with the concession from the mother country of enlarged powers of self-government (including the unrestricted privilege of making laws to regulate and protect their commercial and industrial interests and to reduce the expenditure of the civil governments to an adequate scale) appears essential to the prosperity of the Provinces.
Page lvii - Breathes there a man, with soul so dead, Who never to himself has said, This is my own, my native land!
Page 21 - ... course of the debate; they insisted upon committing the convention te the maintenance of the British connection. A resolution therefore was introduced by Mr. Miller which read: "that it is a matter of regret to this convention that the subject of a separation of this colony from the motherland and annexation to the United States of America has been openly advocated by a portion of the press and inhabitants of this province; and this convention unhesitatingly records its entire disapprobation...
Page 20 - Commons shall continue for five years from the day of the return of the writs choosing the same, and no longer, subject, nevertheless, to be sooner prorogued or dissolved by the governor.
Page 7 - ... Island or Newfoundland, with which the Committee could deal. Personal communications were accordingly addressed "to prominent and influential citizens in Halifax" requesting them to cooperate with the Committee by disseminating throughout these provinces "the printed proceedings of the convention accompanied by circulars written for the purpose of inviting the action of those provinces on the proposition for a union of the colonies.
Page 8 - ... American colonies and whether they desired a federal or legislative union." The two principal questions which engaged the attention of the conference were the economic condition of the colonies and an intercolonial union. In regard to the first of these questions the delegates unanimously resolved : 1. "That the commercial evils now oppressing the British American colonies are to be traced principally to the abandonment by Great Britain of her former colonial policy, thus depriving them of the...
Page 8 - British market over foreign countries, or (2nd) to cause to be opened to them the markets of foreign countries and more especially the United States, upon terms of reciprocity, one or other of which is considered indispensable to the continuance of our present political connection with Great Britain.
Page 12 - ... country, and that such constitution should embrace a Union of the British North American Provinces, on mutually advantageous and fairly arranged terms, with the concession from the mother country of enlarged powers of self government...
Page xxvii - The first of the resolutions declared that "it is essential to the welfare of the colony and its future good government that a constitution should be framed in unison with the wishes of the people and suited to the growing importance and intelligence of the country, and that such constitution should embrace a union of the British American colonies on mutually advantageous and fairly arranged terms, with the concession from the Mother Country of enlarged powers of self government.
Page lv - CANADA, and the other British possessions in North America, though apparently blessed with fewer physical advantages, contain a noble race, and are evidently reserved for a lofty destination. Everything there is in proper keeping for the development of the combined physical and mental energies of man. There are to be found, at once, the hardihood of character which conquers difficulty, the severity of climate which stimulates exertion, the natural advantages which reward enterprise.

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