Office of the Governor of Quebec and Lower Canada
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- Canada. Governor General.
- Office of the Governor of Quebec and Lower Canada
RG 7 G 15 C
- Document source
- Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
The Governor General of Canada is the federal viceregal representative of the Canadian monarch. The office has its roots in the 16th and 17th century colonial governors of New France and British North America, and thus is the oldest continuous institution in Canada. The present incarnation of the position emerged with Canadian Confederation and the British North America Act in 1867, which defined the viceregal office as the "Governor General acting by and with the Advice of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.”
This collection consists of letterbooks recording the texts of despatches sent by the Governor of Quebec, and later by the Governor-in-Chief, to Governors and Lieutenant Governors of other colonies in British North America and elsewhere, to the British Minister at Washington, and to senior officials of church and state within the colony. Also included are copies of letters and warrants issued under the seal of the Governor.