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To His Honor, Joseph  W.  Trutch, Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British
Columbia and its Dependencies, $c, £c, §c.
Mat it please Your Honor:—
We, the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Victoria, British Columbia, on
behalf of the Citizens of Victoria, beg to offer you our hearty congratulations on
your safe arrival in this Province, and to express to Your Honor our loyal attachment and devotion to our Most Gracious Sovereign Queen Victoria.
We feel that in Your Honor the Corporation will have a warm friend and
advocate in all measures brought before you for the welfare and good Government
of this, the Capital of British Columbia, the most western maritime city of the
That with the experience Your Honor has had in connection with the Government of this Province for years past and finally with its union with the Dominion
ot Canada, we have no doubt that a new era will now dawn upon this country, and
that wise measures will be introduced, which will be in accordance with the genius,
the capabilities, and the the necessities of the Inhabitants of this Province, and
the welfare ot the Dominion.
That during your administration we trust your efforts to govern the country may
be crowned with success, and that when in the natural course of events your term
of office shall have ceased, you may have the good wishes of every Inhabitant of
this Province; that you may realize the satisfaction of having promoted the best
interests of the country, and may have secured the esteem of the Government and
Inhabitants of the Dominion at large.
Victoria, B. C, 15th August, 1871.
Mr. Mayor and Gentlemen of the Municipal Council of Victoria :—
I return you sincere thanks for,-,the very kind and flattering expressions of
welcome contained in your address, in response to which I will not confine myself
to the ordinary formality of reply, but will avail myself of this, the first occasion
which is afforded me, to say freely to you and through you to our community at
lar^e a few words ou some topics personal to myself and on others of more general
interest, which I believe will not be considered inopportune.
It is always a great happiness to me to find myself back once more at home in
Victoria, and on this occasion of my return among you my happiness is greatly
enhanced by the honorable position to which I have been appointed, and especially
by the sentiments of good feeling and confidence with which you greet me, and
which greatly strengthen my hopes of being useful to British Columbia in my
new relations towards her, and give me good ground for the belief that I have not
erred in accepting the office I now hold.
1 But, whilst I fully appreciate the honor thus conferred on me, I will franklytell
you lhat it was not until after much hesitation that I undertook the responsibility
which attaches to it.
There were some circumstances which presented themselves to my mind, when
this office was most unexpectedly offered to me, as likely to render my appointment
not so acceptable to some in this country as that of a stranger would be, and thus
lessen my prospect of successfully administering the affairs of the Colony.
I had much diffidence, too, of my own capacity and fitness for the new sphere of
duty proposed to me, and especially in succession to our late Governor, Mr.
Musgrave, to whose able and successful management of our affairs this country is
so much indebted.    Besides I have never had any aspirations to such a position.
■■/The bent of my inclinations lay in a different direction, in the line of my professional prospects, which were more congenial to me and seemed to assure the more
certain advancement of my material pergonal interests.
But it was presented to me as clearly my duty not to turn away from a work in
which I have been engaged as an agent for the past two years, and I have accepted
the trust with the single desire to ensure to the utmost the success of British
Columbia under Confederation, and in the hope that each one in our community,
putting aside all past issues, would join in assisting my endeavors to that end.
You must, I am sure, have appreciated the compliment to British Columbia
which has been intended in the selection of one of yourselves as the first Lieutenant-Governor of this Province; and if, after the energetic steps which have so
promptly been taken in the initiation of the railroad explorations and geological
survey, in the establishment of fortnightly mail service to San Francisco, in the
assumption of our funded debt and discharge of all our local indebtedness, and in
the other financial and departmental arrangements which are now being carried
into effect in fulfilment of the terms of our Union agreement, there yet remain any
in this community who still doubt the good faith of the Government and people of
Canada in their engagements towards British Columbia, they may take this
appointment of the Dominion Government of one of yourselves, who has been so
intimately connected with the negotiations of the terms of Union, as the repre-3
sentative of that Dominion in this Province, as an earnest of the determination and
ability of that Government to carry out fully the spirit and letter.of the obligations
of those Terms; and you may certainly be assured that if I did not unhesitatingly
believe so I should not occupy my present position.
The fulfilment of those Terms must ensure a large measure of prosperity and
advancement to British Columbia, in which each member of our community may
with reason expect to participate. But we must not suppose that the full fruits of
Confederation are to be gathered at once and without further effort of our own.*—
—On the contrary, the most material benefit of our union with Canada will consist
in the facilities which in many ways will be afforded us for devoloping by our own
exertiou the varied resources of our country, and so only may we British Columbians secure to ourselves the best fruits of Confederation. —_«_————■■■.
—We must put our shoulders to the wheel and, working with a will, each and all
together, raise our country to that position of importance and value which her
geographical position, her natural products, and her climate entitle us to expect she
will ere long occupy.
Among the more immediate results of our union the most important is the
privilege of self-government which you thus obtain—in order to ensure the full
benefits of which it especially behooves each member of the community to realise
' the responsibility which this privilege entails in the selection of those who are to be
in future the real rulers of the internal affairs of this country. For myself, I desire
to assure you that I fully appreciate the altered system of government under which
I assume the office of Lieutenant-Governor. Those who have known me best
during my past official career will, I believe, allow that I have consistently and
faithfully served the Government to which I have been a-ttaj-haA
j—I return here now prepared to serve to the best of my ability the interests of the
people of British ^Columbia, and if there are those who may reflect that I have not
favored the immediate establishment of the system of self-government in British
Columbia, they must perceive that having now undertaken to carry that system
into operation in our Province it is not only a matter of duty but a point of honor
for me to strive to the utmost to ensure its successful working.
I regret that under the peculiar transition state in which we now are I do not
see the practicability of immediately forming a responsible ministry. In the first
place because there are no constituted representatives from whom such a ministrv
can be selected. And also because it would be a presumption in me, as I think
to anticipate the votes of the people of British Columbia by naming any one individual as possessing their confidence beyond others.
U propose, therefore, as I am now advised, and unless a necessity not now forseen
should occur, not to make any such selection until the elections which will take
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place at the earliest practicable date, and in the meantime to take mainly on ray-
self the responsibility of carrying on the necessary current business of the country,
trusting that my action whilst so doing will be favorably considered.
I renew my thanks to you, Mr. Mayor and Gentlemen of the Municipal Council,
for your kind welcome. As you are aware, I am attached to Victoria by the
strongest home ties, so that you may rely on my being ever ready to do all that I
consistently can to advance her prosperity, and I trust that in my future connection
with your honourable body and with the country generally I may, by the guidance
of the Almighty, justify the confidence in me which you are so good as to express.
I shall endeavor to the utmost to uphold the flag of our Most Gracious Sovereign;
to support the honor of this great Dominion" of which we are now part; to
promote the interests of our Province; and in the administration of our local affairs,
to give the fullest effect within the. limits of our Constitution to the will Qf the
people as expressed by their representatives, whom you are about to elect.
To His Honor J.  W. Trutch, Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, §c.
May it please Your Honor:—
We, the clergy of the Church of England in this Diocese, beg to tender our
sincere congratulations and welcome on your safe return amongst us to assume the
Government of this Province of Her Majesty's Dominions.
AVe desire to express our heartfelt convictions, and we believe they are those of
the community at large, that your tried character and your various and important
services in the interests of the Colony have entirely merited this distinction, and
afford the most hopeful promise, under Divine blessing, of the fidelity and success
of your future administration.
We earnestly pray that the help and guidance of the Most High may be abundantly vouchsafed to you in all the measures of your Government, and that through
His bountiful favour the people committed to your charge may increase in wealth,
peace, and godliness.
E. Cridge, B. A., Dean of Christ Church,
C. T. Woods, M. A., Archdeacon of Columbia,
,_,--.—"*i^ "W- S. Reece, M. A., Archdeacon of Vancouver,
P. Jenns, Rector of St. John's, Victoria,
F. Gribbell, Principal of the Collegiate School and
Rector of Esquimalt,
J. B. Good, Mission, Lytton,
J. Reynard, Rector of Nanaimo,
R. Tomlinson, Mission, Nass,
J. K. Willemar, Mission, Alberni,
* D. Holmes, Mission, Yale.
• Victoria, B. C, 24th August, 1871.
Reverend Gentlemen,—I most gratefully acknowledge the kind congratulations
which you present to me on my return to British Columbia to undertake the duties
of the honourable position to which I have been appointed.
The approval of my past public conduct aftd the confidence that I shall faithfully
administer the office I am now charged witn—which you, the Miuisters of the
Church in this Diocese of which I am a member and to which I am- attached by
every bond of feeling and conviction, have expressed in your address—are particularly gratifying and encouraging to me; and I earnestly join in your supplication to the Almighty that I may be so directed, in the exercise of my official
functions as to promote to the utmost the truest interests of this our adopted country.
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To His Honor Joseph William Trutch, Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British
Columbia, gc, $c.
May it please Your Honor:—
We, the Clergy and Lay Representatives of the Wesleyan Methodist Church in
Canada, in connection with the British Conference, avail ourselves of the opportunity afforded us, by our first Ecclesiastical Meeting since this Country has been
changed from a Crown Colony to a Province of the Domiuion of Canada, to
approach Your Honor with an assurance of our sincere attachment and devoted
loyalty to the person and Government of our Most Gracious Sovereign, and our
admiration of the impartiality which Her Majesty has ever extended to all denominations of the Christian Church in Her Government of these North American
Being deeply impressed with the importance of the early and general diffusion
of the principles of Christianity among the people, in order to give strength,
stability, and greatness to the nation, the Wesleyan Methodist Church was among
the first to send Missionaries to this country. They, in connection with Ministers
of other Churches, have, doubtless, contributed largely to that state of order and
civilization which now prevail throughout the Province.
We have great pleasure in congratulating You Honor on Your Honor's assumption of the Government of this Province, audin expressing our firm persuasion
that under the administration of Your Honor, the Confederation of British
Columbia with the Dominion of Canada, will be rendered a general benefit to all
classes of the population, will rapidly develope the resources of the Province, and
be an encouragement to every form of industry and enterprise.
It is and will be our fervent prayer that the blessing of Almighty God may be
richly conferred upon your person and your family, and that in exercising the
important and responsible functions of your high office, Your Honor may be
strengthened and cheered by the earnest and loyal co-operation of all classes of
citizens, and that you Government may be long, prosperous, and happy.
By order and on behalf of the District Meeting of the Wesleyan Methodist
Church in British Columbia.
Wm. Pollard,
Chairman of B. C. D.
Victoria, B. C, 21st August, 1871.
Gentlemen:—I am happy to receive the renewed assurance of the well known
loyalty of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Canada in British Columbia to the
person and government of our beloved Sovereign, which you have taken occasion
to express on my assuming office as the first Lieutenant-Governor of this Province*
of the Dominion, and 1 thank you sincerely for your congratulations on my
appointment and for the confident expectations you entertain of the success of my
administration of the affairs of our country under the new system of Government
now inaugurated.
I am well aware that the Church you represent was among the earliest pioneers
of Christianity in British Columbia, and from my personal experience throughout
the country I can testify how zealously and to what good purpose your mission has
been executed.
The accession of population and general advancement which we all confidently
look for under Confederation must greatly enlarge the field of your labours and
will, I trust, also bring to jou increased means commensurate with the work.
I shall be rejoiced to have the privilege of furthering the work should* any
opportunity occur for my doing so, feeling that as an united effort is necessary to
the full realization by our community of the temporal benefits of Confederation so
itis above all incumbent on the members of all religious bodies to join in promoting the spiritual welfare of our country.
I gratefully acknowledge the good wishes towards myself and family conveyed
in your address, and most highly appreciate the assurance that your prayers will be
presented on my behalf to the Almighty Ruler, on whose guidance I humbly depend
To His Honor Joseph William Tulch, Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British
May It please Your Honor:—
We, the President and Councillors of the City of New Westminster, on behalf of
its citizens, beg to tender you our cordial congratulations on your appointment as
the first Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
Cherishing as we do, in common with our fellow subjects of the British Provinces,
a strong attachment to our Most Gracious Sovereign Queen Victoria, we feel sure
that such feelings will be strengthened by Your Honor's able advocacy of all
measures, commercial, political, and educational, calculated to secure substantial
prosperity to this City and Province.
As British Columbia is now a part of the Dominion of Canada, we confidently
believe that from your experience, interest, and ability, Your Honor will greatly
conduce to cause its new political relation to become a means of conferring its
highest good, in which each member of our community may, with reason, expect
to participate.
Accepting, in good faith, the compliment intended by the Dominion to British
Columbia in selecting one of ourselves, one distinguished in the past by energy,
enterprise, and great public trust, and dismissing all past issues, yet mindful of
your practical knowledge of the wants of this Country, we join most heartily to
assist Your Honor to ensure success.
Identified as many of us have been with the struggles of the past, and bound to
this Province by many ties, we shall rejoice to find Your Honor, under Divine
Providence, tilling the high office as Lieutenant-Governor with comfort and satisfaction to yourself, secure in the co-operation and confidence of all the citizens of
British Columbia.
Wm. Clarkson, President,
W. J. Armstrong,
C. G. Major,
Henry Elliott,
James Cunningham,
L. F. Bonson.
Julius L. Franklyn,
Geo. R. Ashwell,
James Wise,
J. C. Armstrong,
H. McRoberts,
H. V. Edmonds, Town Clerk.
New Westminster, B. C, 29ih August, 1871.
Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Municipal Council of New Westminster:—
I thank you very heartily for your address.
It affords me great pleasure on assuming office as the first Lieutenant-Governor
of this Province of the Dominion to receive the assurance of yoar steadfast loyalty
to the person and Crown of our beloved Sovereign, and the friendly tone in which
you convey to me the congratulations of yourselves and your fellow townsmen on
my return to British Columbia in the position I now occupy is highly gratifying
I confidently believe that with Confederation a new and prosperous era is commencing for us, and it is a truly pleasurable anticipation for me, after having
witnessed for so long the depressed fortunes of this community, that the dawn of
our prosperity may be coincident with my appointment under our changed system
of Government. i
The advantages of position which your city possesses, situated as it is at the outlet of the principal water-way from the interior of the Mainland, in the midst of
forest and farm lands equal in value to any in the Province, must, irrespective of
the consideration of its possible selection as a point on the line of the Canadian
Pacific Railway, secure to you a large measure of participation in the material
advancement of our country.
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I am fully conscious that you over estimate my capabilities and past services, but,
with the co-operation of the people of British Columbia, my task in administering
the Government will be rendered easy, and I trust, through the directing aid of the
Almighty, that I may not fail of justifyingto some extent, by the faithful discharge
of my official functions, thejjfonfidence in^wbich you do me the honor to express.
To His Honor Joseph William Trutch, Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British
May it please Your Honor:—
We, the Minister and Office-bearers of St. Andrew's Church, in connection with
the Church of Scotland, on behalf of the Congregation worshipping with us,
approach Your Honor with the most hearty assurance of loyalty to our Most
Gracious Queen .and-to the Government and institutions of these North American
Provinces, now so happily united in the New Dominion; and also present to Your
Honor our cordial welcome and congratulations on your return to the Province in
the honourable capacity of its Lieutenant-Governor;
The Church which we represent has always endeavored to follow her countrymen to their adopted homes in all lauds, and to inculcate those principles of
morality and virtue which must ever conduce to the welfare, the peace, and the
prosperity of mankind.
In this Province of the Dominion she takes her stand with the other Churches
in labouring to promote the Christian civilization and well-being of the community.
We recognise in the selection of Your Honor for the important office assigned
to you, a desire on the part of the Dominion Government to utilise the resources
of the Province in a manner calculated to inspire confidence. Your intimate
acquaintance with the requirements, the capabilities, and the actual condition of
the Province must greatly tend to advance its interests, and we cannot doubt that
you will have the support of all good and loyal citizens.
In conclusion we pray the Almighty so to guide and assist all your actions that
the issue may be increased prosperity, contentment, and true happiness.
S. McGregor, M. A.
Victoria, B. C, 8th September, 1871.
Gentlemen,—I have received with much pleasure the sentiments of steadfast
devotion to the person and Government of our Most Gracious Lady our beloved
Queen, expressed afresh in the address which, on behalf of the loyal religious body
represented by you in this Province, you have taken occasion to present to me, and
I thankfully acknowledge the very gratifying welcome you extend to me on my
return among you in my new capacity.
Your assurance to me of the confidence and support of the members of a Church
so eminent in Christianity greatly strengthens my hopes of being useful to the
people of BritishColumbia in obtaining the fullest realization of the prosperity and
advancement which we all, with good reason, anticipate under the new order of
things just set in.
I earnestly desire to retain your good opinion and to secure that of the community at large by the faithful discharge of the duties of my office, and I shall strive
to the utmost of my power and opportunities, in reliance on the guidance of the
Almighty, so to fulfil my part in the administration of the affairs of our Province
as to promote the moral and material welfare of all. "1
To His Honor Lieutenant-Governor Irulch.
it please Your Honor:—
The people of Nanaimo beg to take the opportunity of your first visit among
them to express, through Your Honor, those feelings of loyalty and attachment to
their Most Gracious {Sovereign which actuate Englishmen wherever they may be.
They also beg you will allow them to congratulate Your Honor on your accession
to your present position, which they feel confident you will fill with your usual
credit to yourself, and to the satisfaction of the Inhabitants of the Province at this
critical time in its career. They hope to have more frequent opportunities, than
they have had in past times, of personally strengthening the bond of union between
their Governor and themselves.
In conclusion they pray heartily that the Disposer of all human events may grant
to yourself and family, long-life, health, and happiness.
Nanaimo, B. C, Charles York.
25th September, 1871. John Dawson, '
Robert Dunsmuir,
Charles Newton Young,
James Harvey,
W. Macnaughton Jones, A. B., M. D.,
and Chairman of Committee.
Gentlemen,—I have received with much gratification the assurances of loyal
devotion to our Most Gracious Queen conveyed in the Address which you, on
behalf of the people of Nanaimo, have presented to me, and I heartily thank you
for the congratulations which you express to me on my appointment to the office
of Lieutenant-Governor of this Province, and for your kindly good wishes towards
myself and family.
The position which your town occupies as the shipping port of the almost invaluable coal deposits in the midst of which it is situated, and which are only now
commencing to be realised, renders you secure of a large share of that increase of
trade and prosperity which we all now confidently, and with good reason, look
forward to under the new political conditions which we have just entered upon.
I shall gladly avail myself of any occasion that may be afforded me of assisting.
in promoting the advancement of the interests of your town and district, and it
will give me much pleasure should circumstances afford me the opportunity of
.more frequeut intercourse with you than I have hitherto enjoyed; trusting that by
my official action as the Chief Executive of this Province, I may succeed in
retaining that confidence in my administration of affairs which you are good
enough to express.
To His Honor J. W. Trutch, Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.
We the undersigned Officers and Representatives of the Victoria Fire Department, beg leave to offer to Your Honor our most sincere and hearty congratulations
on your arrival as Chief Executive in this the youngest Province of the Dominion
of Canada.
We have delayed this Address until the present time, well knowing the lm-
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portance of the duties which at present you are called upon to perform, and the
great responsibility which rests upon you in preparing for the coming Elections
and the formation of our new Government, requiring close application and much
labor, and affording you but little spare time, but we assure you that although last
upon the list of those who have tendered you their Addresses, our congratulations
are none the less sincere on that account.
Your Honor will be gratified to learn that the VictoriaFire Department, although
composed of representatives of various nationalities, has for its chief object the
protection of the City and the homes and property of its Inhabitants from destruction by fire.
That while the Department is composed chiefly of British subjects, whose loyalty
to the Crown and attachment to British Institutions cannot for' a moment be
questioned, the whole body are alike interested in the prosperity and good Government of the country.
The Department dates its origin from an early period in the historv of our
country, and although its progress was at first slow and burdensome to those who
were chiefly instrumental in its formation—men who voluntarily came forward arid
for some time labored hard and freely contributed their money to maintain its
proficiency and promote its usefulness—it has, through the various special grants
from the Government, the financial aid given by the Municipal Couucil, and the
energy of its Members, attained a position second to that of no other Institution of
the kind in any City of the same size and proportion in the world; and when
Victoria shall have obtained a proper supply of water, we feel confident in predicting safety to the City against any serious conflagration.
We consider it as an auspicious day for this Province when Your Honor was
appointed Lieutenant-Governor, and we are persuaded that a more intimate
knowledge of the people of British Columbia, from personal observations in the
future, will impress your mind with a lively segsej£f the loyalty and attachment
which they profess for that Government of which we now form a part, and which
will not be less gratifying to Your Honor's patriotic feelings from their being
founded on the just vlaue we set upon the due maintenance of our laws and our
liberties, and confirm your convictions that the people of British Columbia are
fully competent to manage their own affairs under the new system of Responsible
We look upon your appointment as being highly complimentary to the people,
and as speaking in strong terms of the confidence reposed in us by those great men
who now constitute the general Government.
Your early history as a pioneer of this country and your connection and participation in many of the great public improvements of the Colony; your firmness and
perseverance as a member of the Government amid the vicissitudes of an irresponsible system; the great interest you have taken in the politics of the country during
its transition from a state of darkness to that of political light and freedom, and
your well known respectability, are a sufficient guarantee that our interests will be
well cared for during your administration.
In conclusion we offer our ardent and humble prayers to the Great Governor of
the World that he will shield Your Honor and family from all harm, and that you
may enjoy in health and happiness a prosperous and-useful dispensation, «>^.'gj£
Simeon Duck, Chief Engineer,
Frank Richards, Assistant Engineer,
John Crowtheb, Foreitaan Deluge 1,
Charles Bunting, Foreman Union 1,
Thos. J. Burns, Foreman Tiger 2,
John Dickson, Delegate Deluge 1,
Wm. McNiffe, Delegate Deluge 1,
Charles Gowen, President,
Thomas Geiger, Treasurer,
Joshua Davis, Delegate Tiger 2,
Samuel Kelly, Delegate Tiger 2,
Charles Hayward, Union 1,
R. Jenkinson, Union 1,
William Dalby, Union lj
Frank Sylvester,
Secretary, V. F. D.
Victoria, B. C, 1th October, 1871.
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Gentlemen,—Your very kind and flattering expressions of welcome and good
will towards me on my return to Victoria as Lieutenant-Governor of the Province,
and of confidence in my capability and honesty of purpose to discharge the high
trust with which I am honored in such manner as may best advance the general
interests of our country, afford me very great satisfaction, emanating, as they do,
from so eminently practical an organization as the Fire Department of Victoria, a
body which numbers among its members some of the oldest residents and most
respectable citizens of foreign .as well as of British nationality in our City.
1 congratulate the Department on the high state ot efficiency to which it has
attained, and I avail myself, with pleasure, of this opportunity of offering my
tribute of thanks to its Members for the valuable services which they have rendered.
Such commendation from me is, however, little needed, for Victoria has witnessed
for the past twelve years your zealous and unremitting efforts on her behalf, and
has gratefully appreciated the advantages thus conferred on her by you, without
hope or desire for other reward than that which you derive from the thankful
acknowledgments of those whom you have so highly benefitted. :«jfc;A
I trust that all interested in the welfare and prosperity of our City may join in
proving practically their appreciation of your past services by at once adopting
some measure for securing a full and constant supply of water, that great want of
Victoria, without which neither can the health and comfort of the community be
maintained nor, as you remark, can your usefulness be properly developed.
I am very glad that you rightly estimate the intention of the Federal Government in selecting the first Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia from among
her old residents, and I trust -Mutt vou and I confidently anticipate that our new
system of Government will be in all respects successful and tend to advance the
welfare of all, to secure which result it is my earnest desire to co-operate by all
means in my power.
I thank you again for the complimentary terms in which your Address is framed,
and I assure you that to merit the continuance of your good opinion throughout
my connection with you in the position I now hold, will be my steadfast endeavor,
in which may I be strengthened and directed by the Almighty Ruler of the
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