Place Published: Ottawa
Publisher: Sandford Fleming
Date Published: 1888
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: No binding
Autograph letter signed to Sir Frederick Young, Secretary of the Royal Colonial Institute . Four pages, folded to 5 x 8 inches.
Dated Ottawa 10th March 1888. To Sir Frederick Young, secretary of the Royal Colonial Institute. Offering congratulations on his recognition by the Queen and congratulations on being awarded a knighthood, and his work on unifying the Dominions. Fleming defacto indicates his full support for the British Empire, imperialism and uniting the 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.
Sir Sandford Fleming, probably Canada's greatest engineer, was in charge of the construction of the Canadian Pacific railroad; he also was one of the leading figures in the construction of the first Pacific cable and strongly supported the movement toward the unification of time throughout the world. In the course of his lifetime, Fleming saw the advent of the telegraph, the telephone, electric lighting, the refrigerator and the camera. Fleming was also a founding member of the Royal Society of Canada. He spent his entire life working to unite the colonies of the British Empire.