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274   CANADIAN HISTORY FOR BOYS AND GIRLS.

The   In September, 1864, delegates from Nova

Charlotte-

town Con- Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edvention. ward Island met at Charlottetown to talk over the union of the three provinces. Thinking that when both groups of colonies were considering a change of government the time must be ripe for a larger plan, the Canadian ministry sent a deputation to this convention. The result was that the delegates of the TATaritime Provinces, instead of going on with their own scheme, promised to go to Quebec a few weeks later to discuss the confederation of all the provinces.

Before leaving the provinces " down by the sea " the delegates and Canadian visitors were royally feasted at Charlottetown, Halifax, and St. John. At each place they spoke of Confederation, and gradually roused the interest of the people in the great scheme.


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