No. 67
25th October 1866
My Lord,
I have had the honor to receive your despatch No. 2
Attached to this despatch.
of the 28th July, forwarding a Volume containing a collection of the principal speeches and addresses of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort, which Her MajestyhasManuscript image has been graciously pleased to present to the New Westminster Public Library.
2. I have now the honor to forward an Address from the Library Committee in acknowledgement of this valuable gift.
3. The Public Library of New Westminster has been little more than a year in existence. I have personally taken much interest in its formation as President of the Committee of Management during my Administration of the Government.TheManuscript image The progress of the Institution is most satisfactory, and we have now some eight hundred Volumes, in addition to all the leading Periodicals and Newspapers of the day. The Library is well attended by all classes of the community.
A Museum is also attached and is daily increasing in value and importance.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Arthur N. Birch
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
I have under the old arrangement sent a Copy of this Dispatch and the Address in Original in the Box with the Schedule to the Queen.
GG 27 Decr
Put by then at once.
FR 28/12
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Copy of address, Committee of Management of New Westminster Public Library, to the Queen, 25 October 1866, expressing thanks for her gift as per despatch.
Other documents included in the file
[Original correspondence on the subject:]
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Minute, written by Carnarvon, 11 July 1866, advising that the Queen had presented the volume to the New Westminster Library and requesting that the appropriate draft be prepared.
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C. Grey to Carnarvon, no date, forwarding copy of the volume in response to an earlier request made through Cardwell.
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Seymour to C.S. Parker, Private Secretary, 28 July 1866, asking whether it would be permitted to call the New Westminster Public Library the "Royal New Westminster Public Library."
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Parker to Macdonald, 16 July 1866, advising that the Queen had graciously agreed to the gift of the book, and asking for the correct name of the library so that "The Queen may insert it with her signature upon the title-page."
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Draft reply, Carnarvon to Officer Administering the Government, No. 2, 28 July 1866.
Birch, Arthur Nonus to Carnarvon, Earl 25 October 1866, CO 60:25, no. 12134, 170. 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/B66067.html.

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