No. 73
28th November 1864
Sir,
The schools supported mainly at the Public expense in this Colony, are supplied at present with American School Books, of rather an objectionable kind. The spelling is that adopted by some classes in the United States. The sentimentsareManuscript image are violently republican. The United States are lauded at the expense of England and finally, fables about alleged natural phenomena are gravely stated as truth.
2. It would be conferring a favour on the Colony if you would direct the Agents General to send out a well assorted collection of school books for about one hundred children. The books should, to secure universal confidence, not be in any way of a sectarian character.IManuscript image I hardly know how more distinctly to describe our wants, but you, Sir, will have no difficulty in ordering the most suitable and attractive books.
3. I should also be very glad to obtain for our schools some maps and instructive pictures.
I have the honor to be
Sir,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Frederick Seymour
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
I suppose that the Education Dt of the Council Office can help us in this matter.
ABd 13 Feb
I think that we had better tell the Crown Agents to comply and they will find out the best method. Draft to Agents.
TFE 14 Feby
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Elliot to Crown Agents, 23 February 1865, forwarding copy of the despatch and requesting that the supplies be sent to the colony.
Seymour, Frederick to Cardwell, Edward 28 November 1864, CO 60:19, no. 1378, 427. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/B64273.html.

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