|2.||You have rightly interpreted the views of Her Majesty's Government in your communication with the Assembly. You were not authorized by my former despatches to concede to the Assembly Responsible Government, or to enter into any negociations with that body respecting the surrender of Her Majesty's Crown revenues, of which that concession should be the basis. It was my wish that the feelings of the community should be more fully ascertained, its state of preparation for so important an advance in social progress more carefully measured, before the step itself was taken.|
|3.||The appeal which you have recently made to the people at large by a dissolution, although not made with this particular object has drawn forth a much stronger expression of opinion upon it than had ever previously been elicited. It appears that a large majority of the Assembly have now pronounced themselves in favour of this measure, and this under circumstances which give every reason for concluding that their decision is no expression of temporary feeling, but of the general and deliberate wish of the community.|
|4.||I do not think that Her Majesty's Government would act consistently with the principles which they have uniformly maintained on this subject, if they were to resist this determination. My own opinion I have already communicated to you, and I cannot withdraw the expression of it. I think that what is termed|
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Publication information: Book title: Responsible Government in Prince Edward Island:A Triumph of Self-Government under the Crown. Contributors: Not available. Publisher: Unknown. Place of publication: Iowa City, IA. Publication year: 1931. Page number: 125.
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