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domestic happiness and enjoyment. No man could be more beloved than he was by his family ; no man deserved that love more. It is pleasant for them to look back to, but it made the parting all the more painful. He left two daughters and one son, named after himself (George Mackenzie Brown), to mourn a loss to them irreparable, though Mrs. Brown, with her well-known excellent qualities of heart and head, will nobly fulfil many of the duties the lamented father would have discharged if he had been spared.
“ And when the stream
Which overflowed the soul was passed away,
The brave, large-hearted statesman was now at rest. To use Dr. Cochrane's eloquent words, " There has been laid in the grave, since “ last we assembled in the house of God, a kingly man; one who for
many years has by unanimous consent been ranked among the princes of the land. Over his grave the people have wept, and a feeling of unfeigned sadness has possessed all hearts, because of his
untimely end.” The voice of censure and detraction was hushed ; only what was generous and kindly in the nature of the departed was remembered. Tokens of universal sorrow were everywhere manifested, and found expression in the press of Canada and the United States ; in public meetings where all parties attended ; in church courts; and in the resolutions passed by municipal corporations. In nearly all the churches of Toronto reference was made to the lamentable event on the Sabbath he died ; and on the succeeding Sabbath a very large number of sermons were preached in which his life and death were discoursed upon. Touching reference was made, in some of the ecclesiastical bodies of several churches at meetings held shortly afterwards, to the shocking occurrence by which one so prominent and generally beloved was stricken to the earth, and a family so harmonious and happy thrown into the deepest distress to which humanity is subject.
It was to be expected that the party he had led so long and so well in political warfare should in a special manner seek to do honour to
memory of the departed leader. This feeling naturally led to reform associations and clubs in all quarters calling meetings, at which resolutions were passed expressive of the deepest sorrow for his untimely fate, and kindly regard for his family in their grief. The sympathy for the family was genuine and hearty, and could public feeling have assuaged their grief, that grief had not lasted long. To that hour the domestic circle had been unbroken, and the genius of
domestic peace presided over the household as if it never would be broken. They were soon to learn that
“ There is no fireside, howsoe'er defended,
· But has one vacant chair."
Could brilliant talents, a splendid record as politician and publicist, an unblemished reputation in private life, have detained him, he had not left; but sometimes, as now, “Death loves a shining mark, a signal blow.”
The manifestations of public sympathy were all that could be desired by Mr. Brown's warmest friends. Extracts now given from some of the sermons and proceedings at public meetings, and a selection from the numerous addresses of condolence sent, will show better than any description the extent and character of these public manifestations.
Shortly after his death there was a general desire expressed in favour of the erection of a monument to his memory in some public place in the city of Toronto. In accordance with this desire, a meeting was called in Shaftesbury Hall, which was attended by a large number of prominent citizens, including several members of the local government. After a number of gentlemen had addressed the meeting, all in favour of the proposed monument, a committee was appointed to carry out the proposal made. Subsequently the committee met and organized at the Board of Trade rooms, with John Macdonald, Esq., as chairman, James D. Edgar, Esq., as secretary, and David Blain, Esq., as treasurer. Subscription lists were sent to various parts of the country, and, generally speaking, were well signed. It was decided to erect a statue of Mr. Brown in the University Park, in a spot to be selected by the authorities. Mr. Brodie, the celebrated sculptor of Edinburgh, was selected to execute the work, but unfortunately Mr. Brodie was taken ill before he had well commenced the statue, and, after a brief illness, expired. There will not, however, be any serious delay in getting the work executed, as another artist has been engaged of equally high reputation. It
may well be said that no monument was needed to keep the name of George Brown in remembrance, even with those who did not always agree with him ; but there seemed to be a general desire to do honour to his memory in the manner chosen in all ages to commemorate the name of the chief citizens whose names were already linked with the history of their country. His name and public labours will always occupy a large space in the history of Canada, and however men may differ as to the wisdom or unwisdom of his political views and the mode of giving them effect, all will admit that his record is an honourable one. His friends can boast also that the principles he advocated from his first advent in Canada were crystallized in the statutes of the country before his death, very largely by his own efforts.
When the inscription on his marble monument will be worn away, the work he accomplished, the patriotism he manifested, will be held in grateful remembrance. The granite or marble will yield to the ravages of time, but the results of his labour will influence national life, stimulate individual effort, and exert a moral influence to the end of time.
CITY COUNCIL OF TORONTO.
At a meeting of the Council of the Corporation of the city of Toronto, held on Monday, the 10th day of May, 1880, the following resolution was unanimously adopted :
Moved by Alderman McMurrich, seconded by Alderman Close, and
Resolved, -That the death of the Honourable George Brown, senator of Canada, after a painful and lingering illness, caused by an attack by a misguided person on the 25th March, which, while not immediately fatal, has resulted in his demise on the 9th instant, is regarded by this Council with sentiments of no common emotion and sorrow.
That on an occasion such as the present all party feeling is hushed, and every dividing sentiment merged in the recognition of eminent talent, high patriotism, loyal citizenship, and a position proudly earned as one of the foremost of Canada's public and representative men.
That in the removal, under such appalling circumstances, in the full vigour of his commanding abilities, of one possessing so distinguished a hold on the sympathies of his fellow-countrymen and citizens, it is difficult to find words which will adequately express the profound feeling by which the Council are moved. They can but record a national loss of the gravest character, and a domestic bereavement of the most painful nature, and, while joining in the feeling of respect which pervades every class of society in contemplating the one, approach the other with still sadder feelings, in attempting to offer to his sorrowing widow and family an expression of heartfelt sympathy and condolence.
JAMES BEATY, Jr., Mayor.
SAMUEL B. HARMAN,
Treasurer, and Keeper of the Civic Seal. COUNCIL CHAMBER, TORONTO,
May 10th, 1880.
BUFFALO CITY COUNCIL.
CITY CLERK'S OFFICE, BUFFALO,
May 11th, 1880. I, W. P. Burns, City Clerk of Buffalo, New York, hereby certify that at a meeting of the Common Council, held at the Council Chamber in the City and County Hall on the 10th day of May, A.D. 1880, a preamble and resolutions were adopted, of which the following is a true copy :
Whereas, God in His providence has removed from earth, in the fulness of his years, the Hon. George Brown, of Toronto, Ont. -a man strong in purpose, pure in heart and noble in life; by whose death this country and the people of the world have lost a friend to the cause of freedom ; whose broad grasp and advanced ideas were ever exerted in the interests of liberty and humanity : and as the Dominion of Canada in his death has lost a statesman and journalist who was wise in council and characterized for his courage and veracity, and who filled every position to which he was called with fidelity and honour—therefore, be it
Resolved,—That the Common Council of the city of Buffalo hereby record their tribute of respect to the memory of our deceased friend and the distinguished statesman, and with grief express in this feeble manner our sympathy with the bereaved family of the deceased, and with his countrymen in this their hour of trial.
Resolved, - That His Honour the Mayor be requested to cause the flag on the City Hall to be placed at half mast on Wednesday, the day of the funeral, as a token of respect to the memory of the deceased.
Resolved, -That a copy of these resolutions be forwarded by the City
(Signed,) W. P. Burns, City Clerk. [Seal.]
ALEX. BRUSH, Mayor.
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO.
REGISTRAR'S OFFICE, May 13th, 1880. DEAR MADAM, -I have the honour to enclose herewith copy of resolution of the Senate of the University, passed at a meeting held on Thursday, the 13th instant.
I have the honour to be, Madam,
Your obedient servant,
(Signed,) W. G. FALCONBRIDGE, Registrar. Mrs. Brown, Beverley Street, Toronto.
Moved by Dr. Wilson, and seconded by Professor Buckland, and
Resolved, -That the Senate of the University of Toronto, at this its first meeting after the death of the Honourable George Brown-a senator of the Dominion of Canada, a member of this senate, and throughout his long public career a consistent and faithful advocate of the highest interests of education and of the extension of its privileges to all, untrammelled by distinction of race or creed-record their profound sorrow at the loss which the university, in common with the province and the entire Dominion, sustains by his death.
Certified as a copy of a minute of a meeting of the senate, held the 13th May, A.D. 1880.
(Signed,) W. G. FALCONBRIDGE, Registrar.
FROM CANADIANS IN CHICAGO.
CITY OF CHICAGO, Cook COUNTY, ILLINOIS,
May 13th, 1880.
DEAR MADAM,-A large number of Canadian gentlemen, residing in this city, held a meeting in the exchange room of the Grand Pacific Hotel, on