Montreal Gazette, 26 April 1854, page 2

St George’s Day- This festival of England’s Patron Saint was celebrated on Monday, by the St George’s Society and other Englishmen walking in procession.  The day was beautifully fine.  The procession marched to St George’s Church, where a sermon was preached by the Bishop, from the text:-

“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the seas, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

This command, he shewed, that God had afterwards, on other occasions, renewed; and proceeded to allude to the rise and fall of the four great empires of antiquity.  He next briefly traced the rise of the British Empire; and the extraordinary spread of the race speaking the English language.  He considered the institution of such a society as that of St George good, in as far as it went to keep in remembrance things of which Englishmen might justly be proud to promote good feelings of loyalty to the Queen, and to sad ~~~~~.  But he nevertheless held that it was the duty of all in this country to endeavour to soften down the national differences; and for each race to live with the other in feelings of brotherly love.  He concluded by an appeal for a contribution in aid of the funds of the society.

In the evening, the Society dined at the St Lawrence Hall, and the dinner was served in the best style of that well known house.

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