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ANNUAL REGISTER

AND

REVIEW

FOR THE TWELFTH YEAR OF THE CANADIAN UNION

1878

EDITED BY

HENRY J. MORGAN

ASSISTED BY

AON. WM. MACDOUGALL, C.B., M P.,

ALEX. MCKINNON BURGESS,

DR. ROBERT BELL,

JOHN MACLEAN,

JOHN A. PHILLIPS.

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Entered according to the Act of Parliament of Canada, in the year one thousand eight hundred and seventy nine, by HENRY JAMES MORGAN, in the

Office of the Minister of Agriculture.

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PREFACE.

It is no exaggeration to say that the want of a work of the scope and character of The DOMINION ANNUAL REGISTER AND Review has been long felt in Canada. The politician, the journalist, the man of business and the student of history have each felt the need of a work where information of an accurate and reliable character touching the present Political and Domestic concerns of the Dominion and of its several Provinces could be obtained without the labour of long and tedious research. Only those whose business it is to look up at short notice facts and data scattered through newspaper fyles, blue-books, pamphlets and other publications of a similar character can estimate properly the value of a work comprising, under one cover, a record of all the material and important matters in a young nation's history for the preceding twelve months. Such a work, urged thereto by many leading public men throughout the Dominion, it has been the aim and design of the Editor to produce. The first volume will speak for itself; and while claiming the indulgence of the reader for unavoidable deficiencies, the Editor must not omit to state that he has laboured very earnestly to make the book all that it ought to be. The Record of Political Events since 1867 is, perhaps, not so full as it might be, but, taken as it stands, it embodies many facts and contains many documents of great value and interest to all classes of readers. As an event of more than ordinary interest, special prominence has been given to the Vice-regal Reception last fall and to description of the Progress of his Excellenev

Ottawa. This, it is hoped, will compensate for some omissions. A Record of the Progress of Literature and Art—which we have been compelled to omit—will find a place in each succeeding volume. In conclusion, the Editor assures his readers that no trouble or pains will be spared to make THE ANNUAL REGISTER And Review a work of permanent historical importance, replete with information on subjects of general interest, thoroughly impartial in its narration of events, and perfectly reliable in its data and its statements of fact.

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TO

THEIR HONOURS THE SPEAKERS OF THE SENATE

AND THE HOUSE OF COMMONS

And to the Members of those Honorable Bodies,

THIS FIRST VOLUME OF A

CANADIAN ANNUAL REGISTER AND REVIEW

respectfully dedicated by their obliged and obedient servant,

THE EDITOR.

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