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This speech was preceded by a few moments of silence as a tribute to the memory of the man whose life was the subject of the day's address.
The speaker's endeavour, by quotation from his poems and his speeches and brief data to show the mind, character, aspirations and hopes, and statesman like ability of Thomas D'Arcy McGee. A review of McGee's life. McGee's birth, heritage and early family life. Full quotations of some of McGee's verses. An early oratory experience in Boston, 1842. McGee's association with Meagher, Magim, Davis, and others to found a newspaper in Ireland, the "Nation." McGee in the "Young Ireland Movement." Reference to and excerpts from some of McGee's books. A picture of O'Connell, in McGee's words. McGee's return to the United States, and then Canada. The Canada that McGee returned to. McGee's political life in Canada; some of his words that shows his own attitude to Canada and to himself. A conclusion of a speech he made in the House in 1860. McGee, the rebel, opposed to the Fenian movement. McGee's last word in the House, delivered on the 7th of April, 1864. McGee's assassination. His place in the hearts of the Canadian people.