The Mid-Victorian Colonial Office
THE British Empire was administered, before 1876, from dilapidated premises, now demolished, which used to close the St. James’s Park end of Downing Street.1 They were, in the words of a distinguished civil servant, ‘less like a centre of State affairs than a decent lodging-house’.2 In 1870, the entire establishment numbered only sixty-seven, including messengers, and the whole burden of looking after the far-flung mid-Victorian Empire was borne by the Secretary of State, the parliamentary and permanent under-secretaries, an assistant under-secretary, a legal adviser and about a dozen departmental clerks.3
KeywordsPrime Minister Gold Coast British Empire Colonial Policy Canadian Confederation
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