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QUEEN VICTORIA. Autograph letter signed.
2 page autograph letter (1 page folded) written in the third person, ‘The Queen...' dated ‘May 25, 1856.' On the stationary of Osborne House, headed with an black & white engraving of Osborne House, and her embossed coat-of-arms printed in colour. The letter has no salutation but is presumably to ‘Mr. Labauchere' as the text reads' The Queen has rec'd Mr. Labauchere's letter of the 22nd & returns the Enclosures entirely approving that Rev. Mr. Harper should be appointed to the See of Christ Church in New Zealand. The Queen wishes Mr. Lacauchere to express to Sir George Grey her satisfaction at the Address from the Legislative Council.' Fine.

Born in Hampshire, Harper won a scholarship to Queen's College, Oxford, and later accepted a position as a tutor to the sons of Sir Charles Coote. In 1831 he was appointed a chaplain at Eton College, and was ordained in 1832, becoming a Vicar in Berkshire in 1840. In 1854 he received a visit from Bishop Selwyn, who had come to explore the possibility of Harper filling the position at the newly formed See of Christchurch. The citizens of Canterbury petitioned Queen Victoria and he was appointed Bishop of Christchurch in December 1856. In 1868 he was elected the Primate of New Zealand, attending the Lambeth Council in 1878.

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