Or, as we’d say today, Happy Canada Day!
The Canada Gazette published by Authority,
Ottawa, Saturday, June 20, 1868
By His Excellency the Right Honourable Charles Stanley Viscount Monck, Baron Monck of Ballytrammon, in the County of Wexford, in the Peerage of Ireland, and Baron Monck of Ballytrammon, in the County of Wexford, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Governor General of Canada, &c., &c., &c.
To all to whom these presents shall come, or whom the same may concern — GREETING:
JOHN A. MACDONALD, Min. of Justice.
WHEREAS by Royal Proclamation dated at Windsor Castle on the 22nd day of May, in the year of our Lord 1867, Her Most Gracious Majesty did ordain, declare, and command, that on and after the 1st day of July, 1867, the Provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick should form and be one Dominion under the name of Canada;
AND WHEREAS the anniversary of the formation of the Dominion of Canada falls upon Wednesday, the 1st day of July next ensuing:
AND WHEREAS it is meet and proper that the said Anniversary should be observed and kept;
NOW KNOW YE, that I, Charles Stanley Viscount Monck, Governor General of Canada, do hereby proclaim and appoint WEDNESDAY, the FIRST day of JULY next, as the day on which the Anniversary of the formation of the Dominion of Canada be duly celebrated. And I do hereby enjoin and call upon all Her Majesty’s loving subjects throughout Canada to join in the due and proper celebration of the said Anniversary on the said FIRST day of JULY next.
Given under my Hand and Seal at Arms, at the Government House, in the
CITY of OTTAWA, in the said Dominion, this TWENTIETH day of JUNE, in the year of Our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight and in the thirty-first year of Her Majesty’s Reign.
HECTOR L. LANGEVIN, Secretary of State
Thanks very much, Queen Victoria