The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 57
Said their proceedings that day would do two things—first, it would make it much easier to get over the difficulties of having a completely detailed federation hereafter, and, secondly, it would make it exceedingly difficult for any man or any body of men, or any Minister in England or in the Colonies, to neglect taking such measures as would preserve and promote the union which they were determined to maintain.
Note. The report of the speeches given above is taken from The Times of the 19th November.
The following is a complete list of those who attended the Conference held Nov. 18th:—James Austell. Esq., George Baden Powell. Esq., C.M.G.. R. M. Ballantyne. Esq., Sir Henry Barkly. K.C.B., G.C.M.G., James Beaty, Esq., H. C. Beeton. Esq. (Agent-General for British Columbia). Sir Francis Dillon Bell, K.C.M.G. (Agent-General for New Zealand), Rowland P. Blennerhassett, Esq., M.P., Sir Arthur Blyth. K.C.M.G. (Agent-General for South Australia). Stephen Bourne, Esq., Lord Brabourne, Charles E. Bright. Esq., C.M. G., William J. Browne. Esq. date South Australia). J. A. B. B. Bruce, Esq., Lord Castletown, Edward Chapman. Esq., F. W. Chesson, Esq., the Dean of Chester. H. B. Christian. Esq. (Cape Colony), Hyde Clarke. Esq., J. G. Collier (Secretary to the High Commissioner for Canada), Captain J. C. R. Colomb, Sir D. Cooper. page 20 Bart., K.C.M.G.. B. P. S. Costelloe, Esq., W. J. Courthope, Esq, Major Craigie. Jas. Cropper. Esq., M.P., Colonel Sir Wm. Crossman. K.C.M.G.. Sir Donald Carrie, K.C.M.G., M.P., R. R. Dobell, Esq. (Canada), Jas. Dunn, Esq., the Right Hon. the Earl of Dunraven, K.P., George Errington, Esq., M.P., Hon. Harold Finch-Hatton, Hon. M. Finch-Hatton, M.P., E. W. Fithian. Esq., H. O. Arnold Forster. Esq., the Right Hon. W. E. Forster. M.P., Sir William Fox, K.C.M.G. (late Premier of New Zealand). J. F. Garrick, Esq., Q.C. (Agent-General for Queensland), Wm. Gisborne. Esq. (late of New Zealand), J. E. Gorst. Esq., Q.C., M.P., Morton Green, Esq. (Natal). F. T. Gregory, Esq. (Queensland), Sir William H; Gregory. K.C.M.G., William Greswell. Esq., Vice-Admiral Vesey Hamilton, Admiral Sir J. Dalrymple Hay, Bart., M.P., E Heneage, Esq., M.P., A. Staveley Hill. Esq., Q.C,. M.P., Jas. Hole, Esq., Sir Henry T. Holland, K.C.M.G., M.P., Hon. Thos. Holt. M.L.C. (New South Wales), R. V. Holton, Esq., E. W. Howson. Esq., Dr. C. Inglis. J.J. Irvine, Esq. (Cape Colony), J. P. Jeans. Esq., Captain C. Johnstone. R.N., E. A. Judges, Esq. (Canada), J. F. Kelsey. Esq., F. P. Labilliere, Esq., James Lansdell Esq., Nathaniel Levin. Esq., Sampson S. Lloyd. Esq., M.P., Lieut-General R. W. Lowry. C.B.. Colonel Henry Lumsden, Alexander M 'Arthur. Esq., M.P., Right Hon. Sir John A. Macdonald, K.C.B.. Hon. W. J. Macdonald. R. B. Mackie. Esq., R. D. Douglas McLean, Esq., (New Zealand), A. Patchett Martin. Esq. (Victoria), Charles Marvin, Esq., Hon. J. X. Merriman. M.L.A. (Cape Colony), G. Molineux. Esq., S. V. Morgan. Esq., X. Mosley. Esq., Kenrie B. Murray. Esq., (See. London Chamber of Commerce). R. Lucas Nash, Esq., Thomas Niblock. Esq. (Canada). W. N. Nicholson, Esq., M.P., the Marquis of Normandy. G.C.M.G. (late Governor of Victoria). G. Paton. Esq., Colonel Conway Poole. W. Agnew Pope. Esq., John S. Prince. Esq. (Cape Colony), Sir Rawson W. Rawson. K.C.M.G., C.B., G. M. Reid, Esq., the Right Hon. the Earl of Rosebery, G. W. Rusden, Esq. (late Victoria), Albert Rutson. Esq., Sir Saul Samuel. K.C.M.G. (Agent-General) for New South Wales), A. Sandbach, Esq., Sir Thomas C. Scanlen. K.C.M.G. (late Premier of the Cape Colony), Robert Scott, Esq., John Shrimpton, Esq., Charles Shuter. Esq., J. C. Silber, Esq., Alfred Simmons, Esq., Mr. Serjeant Simon, M.P., Sir Francis Smith (Chief Justice. Tasmania), R. Murray Smith, Esq., C.M.G. (Agent-General for Victoria), Samuel Smith, Esq., M.P., W. G. Soper, Esq. (Cape Colony), Hon. Edward Stanhope, M.P., D. Summers. Esq., W. Summers, Esq., M.P., C. Tottenham. Esq., Sir Charles Tupper, K.C.M.G., C.B. (High Commissioner for Canada), J. Stewart Tupper, Esq. (Canada), Alexander Turnbull, Esq, (Jamaica), T. D. Wanliss, Esq., the Karl of Wemyss and March. William Westgarth, Esq., Arnold White Esq. Captain A. C. White. Sir Samuel Wilson. William Wilson. Esq. (late M.L.C. Victoria). J. D. Wood. Esq., E. A. Wallace. Esq., James A. Youl, Esq., C.M.G., Frederick Young. Esq.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 Colonies 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 reconstructing, 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.