Colonial Museum of New Zealand,
Wellington, 18th February, 1890.
By direction of the Board of Governors of the New Zealand Institute, I have the honour to forward for your information an extract from the minutes of a meeting of the Board held on the 7th instant, the Hon. W. B. D. Mantell, M.L.C., in the chair. 38
“The Manager laid before the Board a letter from Mr. C. R. Carter, dated the 22nd January, 1890, in which he proposes to make a donation to the New Zealand Institute and Colonial Museum of a collection of published works relating to New Zealand.
“Resolved, That Mr. Carter's letter be entered in the minutes for permanent record. That the offer of Mr. Carter be accepted on the conditions imposed, and that the Board, on behalf of the New Zealand Institute, desires to record its thanks and its high appreciation of the value of the gift which he thus makes, and of the great ability and industry which the acquisition and collation of such a complete collection of special literature must have entailed. The Board thoroughly recognizes that the liberal action of the donor, and the nature of the conditions he has imposed with the gift, prove that the motive which led Mr. Carter to accumulate this unique collection of rare works was purely the desire to secure a sound basis for the future study of the early history of this colony—a motive which is alike worthy of the donor's intelligence and generosity. That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to Mr. Carter.”
I have, &c., Manager.
C. R. Carter, Esq., Wellington.