DENISON, George Taylor. 18958



Autograph Letter Signed, to Sir Frederick Young, thanking him for the report of Young’s speech, and discussing imperial federation. 2 pp. 7 x 5 inches, in good condition, right and left edges lightly creased. Heydon Villa, Toronto, 25 March 1905. “I won over many of our young men who favoured ‘Independence of Canada’ by pointing out that in a Federation of absolute equality there would be no ‘dependence’, while as component parts of a great and powerful Empire there would be a real ‘independence’, as far as foreign countries were concerned, that none of could have if we were all disunited.” Lieutenant-Colonel George Taylor Denison (1839 –1925), Canadian soldier and publicist. Colonel Denison was one of the founders of the Canada First movement, which did much to shape the national aspirations from 1870 to 1878, and was a consistent supporter of imperial federation and of preferential trade between Great Britain and her colonies. In 1909 he published The Struggle for Imperial Unity: Recollections and Experiences. The best known of his military works is his History of Modern Cavalry (London, 1877), Sir Frederick Young KCMG (1817 –1913) was a British traveller and writer on imperial affairs.