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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 57

Imperial Federation League. — Nature and Objects of the League

Imperial Federation League.

Nature and Objects of the League.

At a Conference on Imperial Federation, held in London on Tuesday, 29th July, 1884, the Right Hon. W. E. Forster, M. P., in the chair, it was unanimously resolved—
1.That in order to secure the permanent unity of the Empire, some form of Federation is essential.
2.That for the purpose of influencing public opinion, both in the United Kingdom and the Colonies, by showing the incalculable advantages which will accrue to the whole Empire from the adoption of such a system of organisation, a Society be firmed of men of all parties, to advocate and support the principle of Federation.
3.That this Conference refers to a Provisional Committee all details connected with the establishment and organisation of such a Society, for a report thereon to be submitted for the consideration and approval of an adjourned Conference, to be held at a suitable period in the coming Autumn.
At the Adjourned Conference, held on Tuesday, 18th November, 1884, the following resolutions were unanimously passed:— page iv
1.That a Society be now formed, to be called "The Imperial Federation League."
2.That the object of the league be to secure by Federation the permanent unity of the Empire.
3.That no scheme of Federation should interfere with the existing rights of Local Parliaments as regards local affairs.
4.That any scheme of Imperial. Federation should combine on an equitable basis the resources of the Empire for the maintenance of common interests, and adequately provide for an organised defence of common rights.
5.That the League use every constitutional means to bring about the object for which it is formed, and invite the support of men of all political parties.
6.That the Membership of the League be open to any British subject who accepts the principles of the League, and pays a yearly registration fee of one shilling.
7.That donations and subscriptions be invited for providing means for conducting the business of the League.
8.That British subjects throughout the Empire be invited to become members, and to form and organise branches of the League.
9.That an Annual General Meeting of the League be held in London.
10.That the affairs of the League until its next General Meeting be conducted by a General Committee.
11.That the General Committee be now appointed, with power to add to its number.
12.That the Branches of the League be empowered to appoint representatives to act on the General Committee.
13.That the General Committee shall furnish a report to the next Meeting of the League.