Canada History

 

Prisma Cruises
Canada History   timelines 
AskAHistorian    blog 
 
 
Membership

 

         
 

Canadahistory.com

 

Canadahistory.com

         

Arts | Colonial | Empire | Explorers | Federal | Frontier | International  | Leaders | National | Native | News | Regional | United States | War

Address de la Confederation | Andrew Drew | Annexation Manifesto | Annexation Movement | Baldwin Opposition | Christie NWT | Chronicles of Frontenac | Death of Wolfe and Montcalm | Devercheres | Dubas Canada | Elgin to Grey | Elizabeth Lount | English Aggression | Galissonieres Memoir | Galts Letter | Issac Buchanan | Jesus Missionary | Lactedel union | Laura Secord | Lord Durhams Report | Lord Elgin | Mackenzie Rebellion | Marquis de Seignelay | Memoir on English Aggression | New France | New York Hearld | Quebec Act 1774 | Reciprocity | Robson Canada Bill | Stoney Creek | Treaty of Paris 1763 | Union of Upper and Lower Canada | Union | Voyages Champlain | Voyages Champlain II | Voyages Champlain III | Voyages of Radisson

1849
Lord Elgin
Appeal to Lord Grey, Colonial Office, re Reciprocity

I have always said that I am prepared to assume the responsibility of keeping Canada quiet, with a much smaller garrison than we have now, and without any tax on the British consumer in the shape of protection to Canadian products, if you put our trade on as good a footing as that of our American neighbour -- but if things remain on their present footing in this respect there is nothing before us but violent agitation ending in convulsion or annexation. It is better that I should worry you with my importunity than that I should be chargeable with having neglected to give you due warning. You have a great opportunity before you - obtain reciprocity for us and I venture to predict that you will be able shortly to point to this hitherto turbulent colony with satisfaction in illustration of the tendency of self government and freedom of trade to beget contentment and material progress. Canada will remain attached to England though tied to her neither by the golden links of protection, nor by the meshes of old fashioned colonial office jobbing and chicanery.

***

Source: NAC/ANC, Elgin-Grey Papers



Article/Document/Material Source:
Reference: www.canadahistory.com/sections/documents/documents.html