[This is a printed document.]W2779 TO [THE SENATE OF TORONTO UNIVERSITY?] from Isaac B. McQuesten
Mar 22 1881
From: Hamilton, Ontario
In response to a numerously signed requisition of members of Convocation, I have much pleasure in offering myself as a Candidate for election to the Senate of Toronto University.
I am aware that your support has already been solicited by three gentlemen, two of whom are retiring members of the Senate seeking re-election, while the third seeks your suffrage on the ground that the other retiring member "has expressed his desire" for his election in his stead. I am unable to adduce these arguments in support of my candidature, and trust that you will agree with me in thinking that better material for your judgment will be afforded by a statement of my views on University matters, than by any merely personal consideration.
I hold strongly to the opinion that the Provincial University, in order to fuifil [sic] its proper functions in the educational system, should do a great deal more than it has hitherto done to promote the work of secondary education. Our High Schools and Collegiate Institutes are the natural feeders of the University, and without abandoning its own sphere or lowering its standard, it can do much to aid and foster them.
With a view to encouraging pupils in preparatory institutions to take a general course, more importance should be attached to general proficiency. As the University is a public trust, I am in favor of publicity in the fullest sense of the word in connection with proceedings of Senate; and if elected, I propose regularly to attend its meetings
I. B. McQuesten.1
1 W2776, W2777, W2778 are all part of this document of Isaac's candidature for the senate.