Montreal Gazette, 21 August 1843, page 2

Sir Charles Metcalfe - image from Wikipedia
Sir Charles Metcalfe – image from Wikipedia

We understand that apartment have been taken for the Governor-General and suite at Rasco’s Hotel, where his Excellency will remain till Thursday afternoon, when he will leave for Quebec. A levee will probably be held on Wednesday.

An Address from the Mayor and Corporation, on the part of the inhabitants, will, we believe, be presented to His Excellency, but whether this is to be done at the city limits, at the Town Hall, or at Rasco’s Hotel, we have been unable to learn. It is possible that the late hour at which His Excellency is expected to arrive (six o’clock), may have prevented the Corporation from making proper arrangements for a public reception, though the erection of a triumphal arch, and the invitation to the citizens generally to unite with them in receiving His Excellency, would imply such an intention on their part. It is to be regretted that the citizens generally have not been better informed of the intentions of the Corporation, so that they might have been prepared to receive in a becoming manner their Sovereign’s Representative, on this his first visit to Montreal.

At a late hour yesterday, we were unable to learn anything as to the intentions of the authorities. Whatever inconvenience may result from the delay in announcing them, we feel confident that the loyal British inhabitants of this city wait only for the opportunity, to testify in any manner which may be judged most appropriate, their respect for the Governor-General as the Representative of their Sovereign, for his private virtues, and for his long and distinguished services to the State as an officer in high command in both hemispheres. Should they appear to fail in any respect in the expression of their feelings, it will be from no fault on their part, but be wholly attributable to the failure of proper organization on the part of those whose business it is to take the lead in the demonstration. We hope, however, that this morning the Corporation will make good use of the little time they have left themselves for preparation.

Montreal Gazette, 22 August 1843, page 2

THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL – Yesterday the streets were alive with people, anxiously looking for the arrival of his Excellency. Two o’clock came, and the troops who lined the sideways were withdrawn, at three o’clock they were replaced, and again withdrawn at five. At the time we are now writing, (half-past eight o’clock) His Excellency has not yet reached town; but a guard of honour from the 89th Regiment, is drawn up in front of Rasco’s Hotel to receive him, in the event of his arriving during the night. There appears to have been from the first, a want of arrangement in the whole matter; but we know not whether this be the fault of His Excellency’s officers in not communicating with the Mayor, or of some unavoidable delay in the journey from the Caledonia Springs to this city. Had his Excellency arrived at the time generally anticipated, we are sure that he would have been met with such an enthusiastic reception as must have convinced him that he was heartily welcome to our good city.

Nine o’clock, evening – His Excellency has just arrived, and taken up his residence in Rasco’s Hotel. The Steamer Oldfield, in which His Excellency and suite embarked, dead not leave Carillon till half-past three o’clock in the afternoon.

Montreal Gazette, 23 August 1843, page 2

We yesterday announced His Excellency the Governor General’s arrival in Montreal, at an hour which rendered nugatory the preparations made by the Corporation, to ensure his Excellency a public demonstration of the respect in which he is held by our citizens, both as representative of Her Majesty, and as an individual whose whole life has been spent in the service of the Empire, and whose actions have, in no slight degree, benefited his fellow subjects in either hemisphere.

It will be seen, by an advertisement in our paper of to-day, that his Excellency will, during his stay in Montreal, receive visitors at Rasco’s Hotel, from twelve to four o’clock in the afternoon; and we understand that it is not his Excellency’s intention to hold a public levee, during his short stay among us.

His Excellency was yesterday forenoon, waited upon by His Worship the Mayor, the other members of the Corporation, and some of our leading citizens, when the following Address was presented:-

To His Excellency the Right Honourable Sir Charles Theopholus Metcalfe, Baronet, Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, one of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council, Governor General of British North America, and Captain General, and Governor in Chief, in and over the Provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Island of Prince Edward, Vice Admiral of the same, &c, &c, &c.

May it please your Excellency, -We Her Majesty’s devoted and loyal subjects, the Mayor, Aldermen, and Citizens of Montreal, beg leave most respectfully to meet your Excellency, and offer you a cordial and sincere welcome on your first arrival in our city.

The fame of your Excellency’s distinguished merit, and eminent public services, proceeded your visit to Montreal, and prepared us to entertain for you personally, the most unfeigned admiration and esteem, at the same time that we offer your Excellency, as the Representative of our Gracious and beloved Queen, the tribute of our sincere and dutiful respect.

Whilst we sincerely regret the brief delay to which your Excellency’s devotion to public affairs has circumscribed your sojourn in Montreal, we earnestly hope, the occasion will be productive of unalloyed gratification to your Excellency, by affording you satisfactory evidences of the rapidly increasing prosperity of our city, and the augmenting welfare of its inhabitants.
(Signed) Jos. Bourret
Mayor
Montreal Province of Canada, 21st August, 1843

His Excellency was graciously pleased in reply, to thank his Worship, the Council, and citizens, for the flattering attention shewn him, and to express his deep regret that untoward events, beyond his control, had prevented his arrival in time, to witness the very flattering demonstrations intended to have been made; His Excellency added, that he hoped he would ere long, have it in his power to pay Montreal, which he was pleased to say, was the most beautiful as well as the most important city he had seen in British North America, a less hurried visit than his present one.

An address was also presented to His Excellency, by the Chairman and Council of the Montreal Board of Trade, and numerous private individuals during the day paid their respects to the distinguished visitor.
We understand that his Excellency the Governor General and suite will leave for Quebec on Thursday morning, per steamer Montreal.

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