The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 57
Publications of the Imperial Federation League
Publications of the Imperial Federation League.
Report of the Conference on Imperial
Federation, held July 29th, 1884. Price 6d.
Report of the Adjourned Conference and First Meeting of the League, Nov. 18, 1884. Price 2d.
Information for the Use of Branches. Price id.
The above may be had on thick paper in wrapper, or on thin paper for Colonial and Foreign circulation.page break
"There is no more idle conception, among all the vain imaginations that fill the atmosphere of Politics, than the conception which now and then finds vent, that there are in this country a party of men who are insensible to the great dignity and the great duties connected with the maintenance of the Colonial Empire of England. There have been superstitions gathering round the nature of that Empire. It may have been valued in wrong ways; but there is no man, I believe, worthy of the name of a statesman—no man known to me in the sphere of political life—who is not sensible that the business of founding and of cherishing those Colonics is one which has been so distinctly entrusted by Providence to the care of the people of this country, that we should almost as soon think of renouncing the very name of Englishmen, as of renouncing the very great duties which, passing beyond the seas, are imposed upon us with regard to the more distant, but not less dear, portions of this great British Empire."
—Speech of Mr. Gladstone at the Mansion House, August 7, 1881.
"In my opinion no minister in this country will do his duty who neglects any opportunity of re-constructing, as much as possible, our Colonial Empire, and of responding to those distant sympathies which may become the source of incalculable strength and happiness to this land."
—Speech of Mr. Disraeli, 1872.