Eight Years in Canada: Embracing a Review of the Administrations of Lords Durham and Sydenham, Sir Chas. Bagot, and Lord Metcalfe; and Including Numerous Interesting Letters from Lord Durham, Mr. Chas. Buller, and Other Well-known Public Characters

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H.H. Cunningham, 1847 - Canada - 232 pages

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Page 185 - Oh ! ever thus, from childhood's hour, I've seen my fondest hopes decay ; I never loved a tree or flower, But 'twas the first to fade away. I never nursed a dear gazelle. To glad me with its soft black eye, But when it came to know me well, And love me, it was sure to die ! Now too — the joy most like divine Of all I ever dreamt or knew.
Page 218 - Council had his sentiments on it expressed to them. He told them that it was an arbitrary and unwise measure, and not even calculated to effect the object it had in view. He had given his consent to its being introduced into Parliament, because he had promised, soon after his assumption of the government, that he would sanction legislation on the subject as a substitute for executive measures, which he refused to adopt on account of their prescriptive character, although he deprecates the existence...
Page 218 - Governor-General having determined to reserve for the consideration of Her Majesty's Government one of the bills passed by the two Legislative Houses — that is, the Secret Societies Bill. If there is any part of the functions of the Governor in which he is more than in any other bound to exercise an independent judgment, it must be in giving the royal assent to Acts of Parliament. With regard to this duty he has special instructions from Her Majesty's Secretary to reserve every Act of an unusual...
Page 218 - ... urged, he had refused to permit any legislation on the subject. Permission to introduce a bill cannot be properly assumed as fettering the judgment of the Governor with regard to the royal assent, for much may happen during the passage of the bill through the Legislature to influence his decision. In this case the bill was strongly opposed and reprobated in the Assembly ; but when it went to the Legislative Council, many of the members had seceded, and it did not come up from that House with...
Page 95 - I cannot deny to myself the gratification of the expression of a hope, that should a more refined and cultivated taste ever be introduced into the matter-of-fact country in which I have derived my being, its people will decline to do me the honor of placing my name in the list of their "Authors.
Page 106 - Dear Sir; — I am favored with your very interesting communication of the 2nd instant, by which I learn that you are the brother of two youths whose gallantry and merits — and with regard to one of them, his suferings — during the late war, excited my warmest admiration and sympathy.
Page 106 - I may have had it in my power to render them; and I will add that the desire which I felt to serve the father will be found to extend itself to the son, if your nephew should ever find himself under circumstances to require from me any service...
Page 188 - ... enough and capabilities enough for some millions of people, and for one of the finest Provinces in the world. The most perfect contrast to that miserable strip of land along the St. Lawrence called Lower Canada, which has given so much trouble. I shall fix the capital of the United Provinces in this one, of course.
Page 219 - ... that it should not go into operation until confirmed by Her Majesty's Government, than [295 that it should be discontinued after its operation had commenced. In conclusion, the Governor-General protests against the explanation which those gentlemen propose to offer to Parliament, as omitting entirely the actual and prominent circumstances which led to their resignation, and as conveying to Parliament a misapprehension of sentiments and intentions which has no foundation in any part of his conduct,...
Page 218 - STANLEY every Act of an unusual or extraordinary character. Undoubtedly the Secret Societies Bill answers that description, being unexampled in British legislation. The gentlemen of the late council heard his sentiments on it expressed to them. He told them that it was an arbitrary and unwise measure, and not even calculated to effect the end it had in view.

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