No. 76
1st July 1867
My Lord Duke,
It will probably be agreeable to Your Grace to receive Copies of Addresses presented to Mr Arthur Birch on his departure from the Colony where, for thelastManuscript image last three years, he has performed the duties of Colonial Secretary.
2. Mr Birch has shown great zeal, tact and discretion in the exercise of his duties and I believe that his departure will be deeply regreted on the Mainland portion of the Colony. Mr Birch, like others, necessarily resisted the attacks which were constantly made by the Legislature, Chamber of Commerce, and Press of Vancouver Island upon the Government of the lateColonyManuscript image Colony of British Columbia and therefore probably the same amount of regard felt for him by those with whom he was accustomed to associate does not extend over the recent territorial additions to the Colony.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Frederick Seymour
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Acke. receipt?
CC 2 Sept
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Some gratifying expressions of good will to a member of our office.
TFE 2 Sep
CBA 2/9
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B&C 5/9
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Address, New Westminster Chamber of Commerce to A.N. Birch, 19 June 1867, expressing their respect and regard on account of his recent service in the colony.
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Address, New Westminster Municipal Council to Birch, 24 June 1867, praising his zeal and ability in the performance of his duties.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Buckingham to Seymour, No. 61, 14 September 1867.