Place Published: [London]
Publisher: Sir John A. MacDonald
Date Published: 1885
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
ANY SIR JOHN A. MACDONALD ALS SCARCE TO THE MARKET
Autographed Letter Signed, “John A. Macdonald,” two pages, approximately 5 x 8 inches folded with a 3rd and 4th half page section. Batt’s Hotel, Dover St. W, December 4th, 1885.
My dear sir I found your kind note of the 27th ult. waiting my arrival. I shall endeavour to be present at the meeting on the 8th instant. I shall be at sea I hope long before the 12th January and therefore will be unable to help you on that day, either by papers or address. I am very glad to hear from all hands that the Institute is in such a flourishing condition. Believe me, Yours Faithfully John A MacDonald
Fredr Young Esq Honr Secy Royal Colonial Institute
This Sir John A. MacDonald signed letter was a secretarial written manuscript, and it would have been by [Sir] Joseph Pope, MacDonald's private secretary, from 1882 to 1891.
Royal Colonial Institute is now The Royal Commonwealth Society and was founded in 1868, as a non-political, learned organisation; a royal charter was granted in 1869, and a clubhouse opened in 1885. The Society's name slowly evolved: from The Colonial Society (1868-1869), to The Royal Colonial Society (1869-1870), to The Royal Colonial Institute (1870-1928), to The Royal Empire Society (1928-1958); The Royal Commonwealth Society was adopted in 1958.
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.
Sir John A MacDonald was the Attorney General of Canada West from 1854 to 1858, 1858 to 1862 and from 1864 to 1867. Macdonald at the age of 52, was appointed as the first Prime Minister of Canada on 1 July 1867 (served in his first term until 1873). He was re-elected from 1878 to 1891 (second term) becoming the second longest serving Prime Minister for a total of 18 years, 359 days. In 1867 Macdonald was created Knight Commander of the Bath, becoming Sir John A. Macdonald. He was a "nation builder" during his first administration in 1867–73. Macdonald would pass while still in office in 1891, at the age of 76.