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against it by a vote of more than four to one. New Brunswick also seemed strongly against Confederation, for in the general election, which occurred in ;March, before the plan had been submitted to the assembly, most of the men in favotir of union lost their seats, and an " anti-confederate government " was formed. All this chilled the enthusiasm of Nova Scotia, which had once seemed so eager for union; and the assembly, instead of supporting the Quebec scheme, passed resolutions in favour of going back to the plan of a union of the Mari-time Provinces alone.
But Canada was determined to carry out the scheme if at all possible ; and earlv, in 1865 four of the ministers, Macdonald, Galt, Brown, and Cartier, went to England to make arrangements for Confederation. The' British government used even- means in its power to persuade the _Maritime Provinces to consent to the plan. The lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia, who had been strongly against it, was recalled. In his stead was appointed the gallant soldier, Sir Femvick Williams, and he used all his influence to convince his countrymen of the wisdom of Confederation.