The Life of Lord Strathcona and Mount Royal, G.C.M.G., G.C.V.0

The Life of Lord Strathcona and Mount Royal, G.C.M.G., G.C.V.0

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The Life of Lord Strathcona and Mount Royal, G.C.M.G., G.C.V.0

The Life of Lord Strathcona and Mount Royal, G.C.M.G., G.C.V.0

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That this book, written amidst the distractions of war, in the shadow of the armoury, to the sound of marching men, as Canada drills and sends forth her sons to the greatest conflict in history, should relate the long life of one whose concern was wholly and markedly with peace, may seem an irony of circumstance.

But, in truth, its appearance is far from inopportune. Had Lord Strathcona's particular genius tended in any other direction, Canada would not now have been opulent and strong and heartened for the fray which is to decide the fate of the British Empire. To him, more than to any other man, is due Canada's material prosperity and much of her political temper.

The way was prepared, and he died on the very eve of the ordeal.

In undertaking the task I have examined letters and documents relating to several historical episodes, in which Lord Strathcona took a part, more closely than heretofore. The result has been to bring about a considerable revision of judgment; and now that all the principals in the Red River insurrection of 1869 have passed away, it is possible for me to relate the story a little more ingenuously than my predecessors. Sir John Macdonald, Joseph Howe, William McDougall, William Mactavish, and Louis Riel have already passed into history, and I sincerely trust there are no lingering susceptibilities to wound or prejudices to exasperate.

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