No. 78
Victoria
1st July 1867
My Lord Duke,
I have the honor to call Your Grace's attention to Mr Secretary Cardwell's despatch, Vancouver Island, No. 11 of the 26th March 1866, stating that the Commissioners of PatentshadManuscript image had granted to the Colonial Government a complete set of their publications.
2. It was intended by my predecessor that these books should, though remaining the property of the Government, be deposited at the Mechanics Institute of Victoria. I have now the honor to forward Copy of a letter from the President offering on behalf of that Institution to pay the expenses of the conveyance of the publicationstoManuscript image to the Colony. I should be glad if his request could be complied with. The works will be reserved as the property of the local Government and should it ever be deemed requisite to withdraw them from the Mechanics Institute the amount expended by the Board of Trade for freight will be repaid to them.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord Duke
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Frederick Seymour
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Ask the Crown Agents whether they have recd the publications in question from the Comrs—see letter to them of 27 March 1866.
CC 2 Sept
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At once.
TFE 2 Sep
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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E. Graham Alston, President, Mechanics Institute, to Colonial Secretary, 13 May 1867, asking whether advice had been received on the whereabouts of the publications promised nearly eighteen months previously.
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Alston to Birch, 17 June 1867, advising that the institute would pay all freight costs for the publications.
Other documents included in the file
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Elliot to Crown Agents, 7 September 1867, asking whether they had received the patent publication.
Seymour, Frederick to Grenville, Richard 1 July 1867, CO 60:28, no. 8553, 164. 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/B67078.html.

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