Address to His Excellency Sir George Ferguson Bowen, G.C.M.G.
We, the Governors of the New Zealand Institute, feel it to be our duty, as well as pleasure, on the eve of your Excellency's departure from New Zealand, to convey to your Excellency our sincere acknowledgment of the interest which you have at all times taken in the advancement of scientific pursuits in the colony.
Especially we conceive it due to your Excellency to record the fact that your connection with the Institute has not been confined merely to the support
and countenance afforded by your Excellency's high official position, but that, in your capacity as its President, your Excellency not only contributed valuable addresses, which appear in its Transactions, but has at all times taken an active and zealous share in the direction and management of its affairs, and in the promotion of its successful career.
We feel justified in assuring your Excellency that the assistance which you have thus rendered will always be remembered with gratitude, not merely by those who feel a personal interest in scientific researches, but also by the colonists generally.