The British Empire, Its Growth and Power
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 18 Mar 1920, p. 146-157
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The British Empire, Its Growth and Power

Recalling the great men that begat us; recalling the little Islands from which we sprung; taking mental note of how these little Islands are linking up with the enormous Countries beyond the sea which constitute the outlying portions of the British Empire. Those who came away from the Island which constitute the heart of the Empire having gone into Nation-building all over the world; many returning recently to join the Mother in the greatest military task that ever fell to a Nation. The conditions in which Great Britain and Ireland managed to keep her people before the war. The test of material prosperity in comparison to previous times; some figures of population and savings. Exports and imports now and then. The fibre of the people of the two little Islands. In war or peace, the signs of British decadence not very tangible. Napoleon's dearest wish and the Kaiser's highest ambition to invade Britain; their fates. The last battle that was fought on English ground at Sedgemoor in the year 1685. The cause of the figure that these little Islands have cut in the world; the explanation of the work they have accomplished. The character of the British people. A religious basis of true character, sincere and honest in speech, rather a bluff outspoken man in the average Englishman. The English as politicians all the time with a passion for order and good government. The law of England. The inevitability that these people would become the greatest Colonizers of all time. Some remarkable things that the speaker believes will be written down in history in the first 18 months that have elapsed since the armistice: the swiftness and despatch with which the Old Country has put her industries on their former standing; the efforts made in the Old Land to relieve destitution and suffering among the women and children of our recent foes. No fear about the permanence of the Empire.