Correspondence of Sir John Macdonald: Selections from the Correspondence of the Right Honourable Sir John Alexander Macdonald

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Doubleday, Page, 1921 - Canada - 502 pages

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Page 405 - American fishermen shall be admitted to enter such bays or harbours for the purpose of shelter and of repairing damages therein, of purchasing wood, and of obtaining water, and for no other purpose whatever. But they shall be under such restrictions as may be necessary to prevent their taking, drying or curing fish therein, or in any other manner whatever abusing the privileges hereby reserved to them.
Page 404 - And the United States hereby renounce forever, any liberty heretofore enjoyed or claimed by the inhabitants thereof, to take, dry, or cure fish on. or within three marine miles of any of the coasts, bays, creeks, or harbours of his Britannic Majesty's dominions in America...
Page 451 - Monck — both good men, certainly, but quite unable, from the constitution of their minds, to rise to the occasion. The Union was treated by them much as if the BNA Act were a private Bill uniting two or three English parishes. Had a different course been pursued — for instance, had united Canada been declared to be an auxiliary Kingdom, as it was in the Canadian draft of the Bill — I feel sure (almost) that the Australian Colonies would, ere this, have been applying to be placed in the same...
Page 146 - It is understood that the subjects of His Britannic Majesty, from whatever quarter they may arrive, whether from the ocean, or from the interior of the continent, shall forever enjoy the right of navigating freely, and without any hindrance whatever, all the rivers and streams which, in their course towards the Pacific Ocean, may cross the line of demarcation upon the line of coast described in Article III of the present Convention.
Page 223 - I found the Island in a high state of jubilation and quite under the impression that it is the Dominion that has been annexed to Prince Edward; and in alluding to the subject I have adopted the same tone.
Page 397 - We acted together, dined at public places together, played euchre in crossing the Atlantic, and went into society in England together. And yet on the day after he resigned we resumed our old positions and ceased to speak.
Page 133 - England, who cannot, I fear, be considered as appreciating the importance of maintaining the empire as it is, intact.
Page 127 - To send out an overwashed Englishman . . . ignorant of the country and full of crotchets, as all Englishmen are, would be a mistake; but the agreement of England to co-operate would be immensely satisfactory and show that England has no intention of abandoning her...
Page 450 - Again (in 1889) he observes that "the monarchical idea should be fostered in the colonies, accompanied by some gradation of classes".1 After this, his attitude towards social equality and democracy is easily understood. "The contrary doctrine", he wrote, discussing appointments on a non-property basis, "is democratic, and must be repudiated by all Conservatives...
Page 343 - Our young men will go to work on their reserve, and will raise all the crops we can, and we hope the Government will help us to sell what we cannot use. " Continued reports are brought to us, and we do not know what to believe, but now that we have seen the Governor and heard him speak, we will shut our ears and only listen to and believe what is told us through the Governor. " Should any Indians come to our reserves and ask us to join them in war we will send them away.

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