The final 'grand ball' at Province House was held on Thursday, September 8.
It began at ten o'clock in the evening -- dinner was served until one o'clock the following morning, and was followed by several hours of speeches.
It also had strong trade links with the New England states.
Despite the health of the economy, however, many Islanders lived and worked on plots owned by absentee landlords, whose exorbitant rents or refusal to sell their property gave rise to many problems.
However, the Island delegates warmed to the idea of a larger union, particularly after the other colonies suggested a purchase of large land holdings -- financed by the proposed new government -- as a solution to the problem of absentee landlords. The Charlottetown Conference is remembered for its parties, elegant dinners and excursions on the island, all held for the visitors from the mainland.
The Canadians returned this hospitality by hosting a luncheon aboard their ship.
Still, such events could not iron out the problems faced by the Island delegation or the disharmony among its own numbers.
Perhaps most damaging, however, was the withdrawal of the offer to repurchase land from absentee landlords.At the time of the Charlottetown Conference, the Conservative Colonel John Hamilton Gray was premier of Prince Edward Island.George Coles, a former premier and veteran of the fight for responsible government, was leader of the opposition in the Legislative Council.As at Charlottetown, there were many social events to entertain the delegates to Québec.Impressions of the dinners and balls can be found in the diary of Mercy Coles, daughter of George Coles, and in the newspaper accounts by Edward Whelan.