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1858 Excerpt: ...it ceased to be the seat of Government, Kingston
on the consummation of the Union becoming the temporary capital of
United Canada, but the prosperity of the City was now too stable to
be affected by the withdrawal of the Governor and the Government
officials, and in 1842 the population was found to number 15,336.
In 1848 it had risen to 23,503. In 1849, on the adoption of the
system of alternate Parliaments, Toronto again became the seat of
Government. In 1851 the Government removed to Quebec, but in
October 1855, returned to Toronto, where it has since remained. In
January, 1852, when the last Provincial census was taken, the
population of Toronto had increased to 30,763, and in July, 1856,
by a special census it was found to have increased to 41,760. If a
similar rate of increase has been preserved, the number now, in
September, 1858, cannot be short of 50,000. Having thus sketched as
fully as our limits will permit the history of Toronto, and its
growth from small beginnings to its present position, it remains to
give a brief description of the city as it now is, with notices of
the principal buildings, charitable and other institutions, etc. In
the situation of Toronto, with the exception of the beautiful bay
in front of the City, and the hilly grounds on the West of the Don,
there is nothing of the picturesque. Aa we have said, it owes the
progress it has made, almost entirely to its advantageous
commercial position, which was the chief circumstance that
originally weighed with Governor Simcoe, in selecting this as a
site for the capital of Upper Canada. The city is built on a slope,
rising with a very slight inclination from the Bay, sufficient to
secure its salubrity, and to admit of a complete system of
sewerage, but not enough to allow its architec...
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