Barr to Lytton
Leeds, 21 Cheapside,
Briggate,
July 14th 1858.
Sir,
A measure having been introduced to establish a Government for New Caledonia, which if adopted must necessarily involve the appointment of efficient officers, and having recently returned from Vancouver's Island, after a residence of nearly Five Years, during which time I held several responsible public offices (as you will perceive by the accompanying copy of my Testimonials.) I beg most humbly to solicit an appointment in the said Colony in any capacity you may consider me qualified to fulfil. 
Having resided there for the above named period, I have consequently become acquainted with the manners and customs of the Natives, which I trust will be considered a necessary qualification for such appointment. 
Allow me to remark that my Family
are
are all well known to the Hon. Members for Leeds, my uncle having for upwards of Twenty years held the office of "Clerk to the Leeds Justices." 
Permit me to add that should this application be honored with your kind approval nothing shall be wanting on my part faithfully to carry out the wishes and intentions of Her Majesty's Government requisite to the formation and extension of such an important Colony. 
I am at your service, and shall be happy to furnish any information respecting the Colony, and waiting your reply, 
I have the Honor to be, Sir
Your Most obt. Humble
Servant,
Robert Barr Junr
To Sir Bulwer Lytton, Bart.,
Colonial Secretary
London.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
  • Printed copy of testimonials from J.S. Helmcken, John Kennedy, James Cooper, Edward E. Langford, and John Tod
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Merivale
Ansr that a note shall be made of his application. 
ABd
14 July.
This gentleman has colonial knowledge. 
H M
July 16
Annex draft. 
C.
July 16
Other documents included in the file
  • Draft, Carnarvon to Barr, 22 July 1858, stating his application will be noted and considered with those of other candidates. 
 
Correspondence (private letter):
Barr to Lytton, 14 July 1858, National Archives of the UK, 6813, CO 6/27. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871. Ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria: University of Victoria. http://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/getDoc.htm?id=B586BA01.scx. Accessed 20 July 2018. 

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