SECRETARY OF STATE
FOR THE YEAR ENDING ON THE 30TH JUNE, 1869.
To His Excellency the Right Honorable Sir JOHN YOUNG, Baronet, Governor General of Canada, & c., & c., & c.
MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY:
I have the honor to present to your Excellency my Annual Report for the year ending on the 30th of June, 1869.
The Department, as organized last year, has worked well, and the officers appointed to conduct its business have discharged their duties with zeal, intelligence and fidelity.
In the corresponding Branch, properly so called, the number of letters received was five thousand nine hundred and sixty-nine, and the number of letters sent was two thousand four hundred and ninety-five.
In the Registering Branch the system of registration and the mode of keeping an index are as perfect, and as favorable to expedition, as possible. The new indices to registrations, prior to Confederation, as well as for those since, are in a forward state, and when completed will greatly facilitate searches in the Registers.
The sales of Ordnance Lands continued during the year 1868 - 9, and the receipts from the year's sales, as well as for interests on, and instalments of, the prices of previous sales,