No. 11
26 March 1866
I have the honor to transmit to you copies of a correspondence with the Patent Office, from which you will learn that at the request of Mr. E.G. Alston, the Registrar General of Van Couver Island, the Commissioners of Patents have presentedaManuscript image a complete set of their Publications to the Colonial Government.
You will perceive from Mr. Alston's letter, a copy of which accompanies this despatch, that he applied for the Works of the Mechanics Institute, of which he is the honorary Secretary, but as the Commissioners have given them to the local Government, it will rest with that Government to determine whether or not they shall be deposited there. But if it is decided that the works shall be placed in the Institute it shouldbeManuscript image be clearly understood that they remain the property of the Colonial Government.
I have to request that you will communicate a copy of the despatch to Mr. Alston who has left this Country Van Couver Island.
The Crown Agents will be directed to forward the Publications to you by the first opportunity.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Edward Cardwell
Other documents included in the file
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Copy, Alston to Cardwell, 24 February 1866, applying "for a grant of such of the Publications of the Commissioners of Patents as to them may seem most suitable," and if it is accepted to forward them to the Government of Vancouver Island.
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Copy, Woodcroft to Elliot, 16 March 1866, acknowledging the receipt of Alston's letter concerning applying for the set of Publications from the Commissioner of Patents.
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Copy, Elliot to Woodcrodt, 15 March 1866, inquiring whether the Commissioners of Patents are able to "furnish the Government of Vancouver Island with a copy of their publications."