Place Published: Ottawa
Publisher: Albert Henry George Grey, 4th Earl Grey
Date Published: 1905
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
EARL GREY COMMISSIONED THE FAMOUS GREY CUP IN DEC. 1909
Typed letter signed. One page, 4to. Dated Government House Ottawa 25th of March, 1905. To Sir Frederick Young. Thanking Young for a copy of his speech at the Colonial Institute on the subject of “Imperialism from an Australian standpoint.” Agreeing with Young’s belief that it will be necessary to establish in the future some system which will enable the Briton in Canada to feel that he is no way inferior in status to the Briton in the United Kingdom.”
Clearly Lord Grey was a supporter of the Empire and Canada. The copy of his speech at the Colonial Institute referred to and sent to him however, as Grey states, he wishes to have answers to the practical question Young's promoting a concept like the Imperial Federation [to create a federal union in place of the existing British Empire].
Sir Frederick Young (1817-1913), K.C.M.G., was born on 21 June 1817 in Limehouse, London, the son of George Frederick Young, M.P. He was educated in Homerton before becoming a merchant in London. In 1869 he began an association with the Royal Colonial Institute that was to last for the rest of his life and saw him become the Institute's Vice-President and Honorary Secretary. He was awarded in 1888 with his K.C.M.G. status. Young served as a J.P. and Deputy-Lieutenant. He promoted the permanent union of the colonies with the Mother Country and published works on imperial federation and the empire. He also travelled widely, visiting Canada, Greece, South Africa and Turkey.
Albert Henry George Grey, the 4th Earl Grey and Canada's ninth Governor General. A strong Empire supporter, he visited the British possessions extensively and was a close friend of Cecil Rhodes, the South African statesman and developer, who appointed him Commissioner of Rhodesia. In 1904, he was named Governor General to succeed his brother in law, Lord Minto, and accepted the post eagerly. Lord Grey was deeply interested in conservation and development of our forest wealth and in penal reform. An ardent sports fan, Earl Grey instituted the Grey Cup which remains emblematic of senior football supremacy in Canada. Because of his popularity and his own wishes, Grey's term was extended in 1909, and he remained in Canada almost 7 years. Returning to England in 1911, he devoted himself to various social works and died at Howick in 1917. He was succeeded by his son, Lord Howick.