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About the Minutes

The Vancouver City Council Minutes you are seeing are from the 1890s. They were the handwriting of the first City Clerk Thomas F. McGuigan, who also rescued the first minutes book from the Great Fiire of 1886.

McGuigan routinely used American spellings (color, honor, etc.) that are not used in Canada today.  His handwriting is a little strange to modern eyes, as are some of the phrases he uses like:
"…has the honour to lay before the Council the particulars of..."  and
I am, gentlemen, your obedient servant”.

He usually referred to the provincial government in Victoria as “the Government”, and the federal government in Ottawa as “the Dominion Government”.

He occasionally used some Latin abbreviations like “inst,” which means “this month” (instante mense) and et al meaning “and others” (et alli).  He often ran et al together as etal, which is not correct, but that is how he wrote it.

He also abbreviated first names as commonly done in his time, e.g. Chas for Charles, Thos for Thomas, etc.

Personal and street names are often the most difficult words to make out.

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