Excerpt from Public Men and Public Life in Canada, Vol. 2 of 2: The Story of the Canadian Confederacy; Being Recollections of Parliament and the Press; And Embracing a Succinct Account of the Stirring Events Which Followed the Confederation of British North America Into the Dominion of Canada
Whilst it has not been deemed necessary to have a preface of length to this edition of this work it has been thought advisable by the Author to put his readers on their guard as to dates. My first volume was written ten years before the present volume (1912), and unless some care is taken in comparing the numerous dates, they might, in a rare case, lead to some confusion on the part of the reader.
Another point is in my judgment most important. Some of the press seem to have the idea that these two volumes are practically on the same subject. This is an error. Volume I. gives my connection with Public Men and Public Life in Canada as a public journalist; Volume II. gives my connection as a member of the first Parliament with all the leading men of Confederation during the first twenty years of Confederation.
The two volumes are entirely different, but in the two combined I have endeavored to give the story of the Canadian Confederacy in an accurate but, at the same time, in an interesting manner, which will, it is hoped, be acceptable to the reading public of every part of this already great Canadian Confederacy.
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