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The following article is from:
Pictou Colonial Standard (Nova Scotia) July 2, 1867, p. 2
Does any one suppose that then, the fact will be remembered that there were those who did their utmost to rob this Province of this great heritage, who inveighed against Union with its neighbors, as an evil to be resisted to the last? Will the names or memory of those who took part in this reason and folly be remembered? No; we believe, that oblivion will kindly bury them forever and people will cease to think it possible that so great a boon, should have been ushered in, amidst the scowling looks of the worst enemies of their country.
Should some old pamphlet or bundle of newspapers of the present day find its way into some old chest, packed away and forgotten in some cellar or attic, should its resurrection two or three hundred years hence disclose the truth that there were actually people, in 1867, who poured out their wretched tirades against this Union; and talked of it as selling the rights and liberties of Nova Scotia, they could scarcely believe their eyes. It is difficult to realize it even now. Why do we seek Confederation? What has induced the ablest statesman in England and these Provinces to speak of it as a thing to be desired above all others? -- Ask a true man, who loves his country for itself why he is in favor of Union, and he will tell you: -- I am in favor of Union, because I wish to remain a loyal subject of Queen Victoria; because it will cement more closely these Colonies and the Mother Country; because England desired it in order to consolidate our strength; because it will ensure us against aggression, or if we should be attacked, it will enable us to show a stronger front to the enemy; because it will promote the construction of our great public works, and in the end bring the commerce of the East across this American Continent; because it will give increased prosperity to every trade and occupation, and secure for our children and their children a home worth living in, and one to be proud of. -
These are some of the reasons why I support Confederation. I believe in it, I see in it a present full of promise, a future abundant in performance. When I look round me for objections I find only falsehood and abuse; when I look at the objectors; I see only opponents of all that is selfish, unprincipled, vindictive, and disloyal. If I look abroad I find every enemy of British institutions, every public knave and reputed scoundrel on either continent, a fool-mouthed opponent of this scheme of Union. If I look at home, I see the vilest means used by unscrupulous people to inflame the passions and prejudices of the ignorant. I find every mean device had resource to, to asp the loyalty of a virtuous people. I hear people speaking treason, and capping the climax of their unmanly wickedness by shouting out for cheers for the Queen, whose feeling, wishes, and honor they are doing their best to trample under foot.
With these prospects before us, -- with the congratulations of a sovereign we love, and who is revered all the world over, warming our loyalty we are about to enter on a new phase of political existence. Full of hope in the future; of confidence in the truth and purity of our principles, we are about to bail the Natal day of the Union of these provinces. We trust that every true man and woman will prepare to celebrate it with a spirit and in a manner becoming the occasion. Let us show that the citizens of Halifax, at least are sensible of the benefits it will bring them -- of the great future it destines for this noble seaport. There will be covert traitors enough, spitting out their venom, and discharging their foul sluices of accumulated malignity and disappointment.
They are nothing to us; we have nothing in common with them. As loyal subjects as lovers of our country, we will celebrate that day with feeling of fervent gratitude and joy, as the birth-day of what destined to become one of the great nations of the earth, taking a high and worthy part to itscommon [sic] progress and civilization. The Dominion of Canada becomes one of the great facts of the world on the first of July next -- a day and a date to be held in joyful remembrance by this and coming generations.