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GENTLEMEN,

I have been desired by the Sub-Committee of the Framji
Cowasji Institute to write to you that they hare all along
been very desirous of erecting a, building for the above
named Institution near the Framji Cowasji Tank with a
view that the works which bear the name of that much
respected Gentleman and which are intended wholly for the
benefit of the public at large, may be grouped together in
one locality that after a great many fruitless attempts to
attain this subject which unfortunately extended over a
very long period, they have at last succeeded in securing a
suitable site by purchasing the premises called the Alma
Hotel situate at the South-West corner of the Framji
Cowasji Tank and marked A in the accompanying plan of
the premises. The piece of ground thus secured is not
however large enough for the building intended to be
erected on it and the Sub-Committee therefore request that
you will do them the favor of permitting them to construct
stone pillars in the Tank at its South-West corner on the
lines marked B C and C D in the plan, to extend the pro-
posed building to these lines which will be about 10 feet
from the present wall of the Tank, to make over to them
the paved passage between the Alma Hotel premises and
wall of the Tank and the bullock shed, also a very small
portion of the shed as far as the point where the line mark
B C of the intended stone pillars in the Tank would if
produced towards the South meet the line formed by the
exteriors or southern row of pillars of the bullock-shed.

I have been further desired by the Sub-Committee to
request your permission to convert the roof of the bullock-



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ned into an elegantly railed terrace under the superinten-
dence of the Superintendent of Repairs and according tc
the design furnished to them by that officer and approved
by you leaving the lower part under the roof untouched and
to open a communication from the proposed terrace to the
Framji Cowasji Institute in order that the public who may
resort to the Institute to hear lectures or for any other
purpose may have an opportunity of enjoying the benefit of
the open air on the terrace.

The Sub-Committee in preferring this request on behalf
of the Institute hope that as the Framji Cowasji Institute
will be a very useful and important Institution to the public
at large, that as a very large sum of money was expended
on the enlargement and improvement of the Framji Cowasji
Tank by that respected Parsee Gentleman in commemora-
tion of whom the Institute has been established, that as the
whole of the Ground along the South- West corner of the
Tank as- well as that portion of the Tank itself over which
the Sub-Committee are desirous of extending the proposed
building was, the Sub- Committee have been given to under-
stand purchased by the late Framji Cowasji, Esquire, and
made over for the use and benefit of the public;, that as the
compliance by you with the request of the Sub-Committee
will in no way cause any inconvenience to the public or
injury to the Framji Cawasji Tank or to the adjacent
bullock shed the latter of which will soon become-
quite useless for any Municipal purpose whatsoever
as soon us the Vehar water- works shall have been
completed, but on the contrary tend greatly to improve
the general appearance, and that as the proposed
Framji Cowasji Institute grouped together with the two
magnificent buildings erected by the Mission Society
on the verge of the esplanade will generally improve the
appearance of the Native Town when viewed from the foot
or along the road leading from it to the town, the request
of the Sub-Committee contained in this letter will be com-
plied with by you, and to- represent that your compliance



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will confer a very great boon on the whole community of
Bombay for whose benefit the Framji Cowasji Institute
has been established.

I have the honor to be,

Gentlemen,

Your most obedient Servant,
NARAYEN DINANATHJJ, Secretary.
BOMBAY, 3rd March 1858.



No. 1124 OF 1858.
To

NARAYEN DINANATHJI, ESQUIKE,

Secretary to the Frnmji Cowasji Institute.
SIR,

I have the honor by direction of the Municipal Commis-
sioners, to acknowledge the receipt of your letter bearing
date the 3rd instant, and in reply to inform you that the
Commissioners have no objection to the construction of the
proposed building for the Framji Cowasji Institution or to
the arching over of part of the Tank, as shown in the Plan
forwarded with your letter.

As regards your request that a portion of the Bullock
shed may be made over to the Institution, and that per-
mission may be given for the construction of a terrace over
the remaining portion of the shed, I am desired to observe
that the decision of the Commissioners will be communicat-
ed to you hereafter.

The plan which accompanied your letter is herewith
returned.

I have the honor to be,

Sir,
Your most obedient Servant,

F. HUTCHINSON,

Clerk to the Board of Commissioners.

MUNICIPAL COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE,
BOMBAY 19th March 1858.



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To

F. HUTCHINSON, ESQUIRE,

Clerk to the Municipal Commissioners, Bombay.
SIR,

On the receipt of your letter conveying to the Committee
of the Framji Cowasji Institute permission of the Municipal
Commissioners to construct a series of stone pillars in the
Framji Cowasji Tank at its South West corner in a line
parallel to the Southern portion of the Western parapet wall
as indicated in their first letter to the Commissioners the
Committee proceeded to take the requisite measures for
erecting the stone pillars when to their disappointment-
found that the parapet as well as the foundation wall, in
question was not erect but was inclined full 6 inches
towards the tank and was consequently not strong enough
in the opinion of the professional gentleman to sustain the
weight of the two stjried massive building proposed to be
erected on that spot for the Framji Cowasji Institute and
the course he suggested to overcome this difficulty was to
construct a solid wall in the tank along the line of the
proposed pillars and to have the space between it and
present wall opposite to it filled up.

This would take away a small portion of the tank but
would not in their opinion much curtail the usefulness of
the tank as the part proposed to be filled up is almost dry at
the close of the dry season when water is most wanted and it
is situated at the Western side of the tank from which the
water can never come into the tank but through which it
always finds its way to the sea. Besides the supply of
water in the tank cannot possibly be of any great use to
the people except for the ensuing year by which the Island
of Bombay is almost sure to be supplied with waters from
the Vehar water works. The only part of the Tank on
which the supply of water at the close of the dry season can
depend, is at its Southern side where moats are at work,



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where the water is deepest, and where it is now being drawn
from and the Committee engage in the event of the Mnui-
cipal Commissioners permitting them to fill up the portion
of the tank, to excavate and deepen at their own charge
that portion of it which is immediately under the moats,
should the supply of water in the tank fail at any period of
the next dry season.

The Committee therefore hope that under the circum-
stances represented above the Municipal Commissioners will
be pleased to permit them to fill up the portion of the tank
above indicated them.

1 have the honor to be,

Sir,

Your most obedient Servant,
N All A YEN DINANATH JI, Secretary.

BOMBAY, $th June 1858.



No. 2198 OF 1858.
To

NARAYEN DINANATHJI, ESQUIRE,

Secretary to the Framji Cowasji Institute.
SIR,

I have the honor, by desire of the Municipal Com-
missioners, to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated
the 9th instant, and, in reply, to inform you that, under the
circumstances represented, the Commissioners comply
with the request therein made.

I have the honor to be,

Sir,
Your most obedient Servant,

F. HUTCHINSON,
Clerk to the Board of Conservancy.
MUNICIPAL COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE,.
BOMBAY, 15th June 1858,



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To

H. AHER, ESQUIRE,

Superintendent of Repairs, Bombay.
SIR,

I have the honor to forward herewith Copy of a plan
showing the line of the proposed pillars or a wall to be
erected in the Framji Cowasji Tank for the purpose of the
Framji Cowasji Institute. The space on the West and
North of the dotted lines marked A. B and C. D. include
the ground originally applied for and that required for the
broad foundation of pillars and sloping of a wall in the
event of its being sanctioned by the Municipal Commis-
sioners instead of the permission already granted for the
erection of pillars and have to request that you will be good
enough to have the said line marked out in the tank so as
to enable us to begin with the erection of stone pillars on
the points B. C. and D. immediately.

I have the honor to be,

Sir,

Your most obedient Servant,
NAEAYEN DINANATHJI, Secretary.
BOMBAY, 15th June 1858.



To No. 2227 or 1853.

NARAYEN DINANATHJI, ESQUIRE,

Secretary to the Framji Cawasji Institute.
Sm,

I have the honor to inform you that the Municipal Com-
missioners have no objection to your constructing the pro-
posed walls, in the Framji Cowasji Tank on the site shown
on the Plan which accompanied your letter of the 15th inst.

I have the honor to be,

Sir,
Your most obedient Servant,

F. HUTCHINSON,
Clerk to the Board of Conservancy.
MUNICIPAL COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE,
BOMBAY, I8th June 1858.



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No. 2247 OF 1858.
To

NARAYEN DINANATHJI, ESQUIRE,

Secretary to the Framji Cowasji Institute.
SIR,

With reference to the 2nd para, of my letter No. 1124,
dated 19th March last, on the subject of your request that a
portion of the Bullock shed, at the Framji Cowasji Tank,
may be made over for the purpose of the proposed buildirg
for the Framji Cowasji Institution, I have the honor to in-
form you, by desire of the Municipal Commissioners, that, in
consequence of an application from Government, they have
connected to make over to them, on the Vehar water works
coming into operation, the Bullock shed in question, in
order that the site of it may be appropriated for a new
building, for the Native Dispensary ; and that they regret,
therefore, that they are unable to comply with the request
of your Committee to be permitted to construct a terrace
o?er the Bullock shed, in connection with the building
proposed to be erected for the Institute.

I have the honor to be,

SIR,
Your most obdient Servant,

F. HUTCHINSON,

Clerk to the Board of Conservancy.

MUNICIPAL COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE,
BOMBAY, 2lst June 1858.



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CHAPTER XVI,



Miscellaneous Correspondence.
To

RUSTOMJI COWAS JI BANAJI, ESQ.,

Calcutta.
SIR,

I have the honor to forward the accompanying copy of
the proceedings of a meeting held in the Library of the
Elphinatone Institution to commemorate the name of the
late Framji Cowasji, Esquire^ as it has been suggested
that you might wish to unite with his friends in Bombay
to do honor to the memory of one so much esteemed by
all who knew him.

The proposed Institute has received the approbation of
all the most influential natives of Bombay, and it is hoped,
will be of great use in spreading a knowledge of the Arts and
Sciences of Europe throughout this Presidency.

Should you approve of the proposal I would request your
influence with such other friends of the deceased as you
think likely to aid in the undertaking.

I am,
Your most obedient Servant,

JOSEPH PATTON, Secretary,
BOMBAY^ 17 th October 1851.



To

NUSSERVANJI BOMANJI MODED

AND

COWASJI SHAPOORJI LUNGDANA,

Canton*
GENTLEMEN*

I have the honor to forward the accompanying copy of
the proceedings of a meeting held in the Library of the
Elphinstone Institution to commemorate the name of the
late JBVamji Cowasjij Esquire, as it has been suggested that
you might Wish to unite in showing your respect for the
baemory of one so much esteemed by all who knew him.



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The proposed Institute lias received the approval of all
the most influential gentlemen of Bombay, and, if carried
into effect, will have great influence in raising the character
of the people of this Presidency. Should you approve of
the proposal, I would request your influence with such
other friends of the deceased as would be likely to aid the

undertaking.

I remain,

Gentlemen,
Tour most obedient Servant,

JOSEPH PATTON, Secretary,
BOMBAY, 18th November 1851.



To

JOSEPH PATTON, ESQ.,

Professor Elphinstone Institution, Bombay*
SIR,

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter
of the 7th instant, enclosing a copy of the proceedings of a
meeting held in the Library of the above Institution for the
purpose of raising a fund from among the friends and
acquaintances of my late lamented brother Fratnji Cowasji
to be applied towards the formation of a museum of Arts and
Sciences in commemoration of the memory of that worthy
Individual. I quite approve of the proposal and beg to
tender the Projectors of this laudable plan for perpetuating
the memory of one so deserving, as well as to yourself my
best thanks for not having forgotten me. I shall endeavour,
all I can, to influence a subscription here among my
friends and shall in due time communicate to you the

result.

1 remain,

Sir,
Your most obedient Servant,

RUSTOMJI COWASJI,

CALCUTTA, 29M October 1851.



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CANTON, 28th December 1851.
To

JOSEPH PATTON, ESQUIRE.

DEAR SIR,

We take great pleasure in acknowledging the receipt of
your esteemed favour with its enclosures which came to
hand on the 16th instant per the " Ganges " stating the
object of the Testimonial raised in Bombay to perpetuate
the name of the late lamented Framji Cowasji, Esquire, and
requesting us to join in the project.

Agreeably to your request we have exercised our best
influence and weight where we knew it would be of any
effect and are now glad to inform you that the greater
portion of our Parsee community here have ably testified
their respect for the above deceased gentleman by contri-
buting to the aforesaid testimonial the sum of Dollars 225,
which we beg to remit to you in Bill No. 61190 drawn by the
Oriental Bank on the same Bank of your place for E,s. 528|
at Rs. 235 per 100, we hope will be acceptable to your
Committee. Herein we have much pleasure to enclose
a copy of the list of the parties subscribing the above
amount.

In conclusion we beg to offer our earnest thanks to you
for permitting us to join our Bombay friends in commemo-
rating the name of our late lamented fellow countrymen.

We have the honor to be,

Sir,
Your most obedient servants,

NUSSERWANJI BOMANJ1 MODEE AND

COWASJI SHAPOOUJI LUNGDANA.



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LIST OF SUBSCRIBERS RESIDENT IN CANTON

TO FRAMJI COWASJI TESTIMONIAL.

Dollars.

Dadabhoy Nusserwaoji Mody and Co ..................... 31

Cowasji Shapoorji Lungdana ................................. 31

Pestonji Framji Cama and Co ........ * .................... . 25

Pestonji Dorabji Nusserwanji Camaji and Co ............ 25

Cursetji Rustomji Camajee ................................. 25

Edulji Framji Sons and Co .................................... 15

Cowasji Pallunji and Co .................................... 10

Nusserwanji Ardaseer Bansa and Co ..................... 10

David Sassoon Sons and Co .............................. ... 10

Rustomji Byramji and Co .................................... 5

Byramji Cooverji Bhabha .................................... 5

Herjeebhoy Ardaseer and Co .............................. 5

Jehangeer Framji Buxey .......................... , ...... ... 5

Burjorji Sorabji ................................................ 5

Hormusji Jamasji Nadershaw .............................. 2

Pestonji Jamsetji Motteewalla .............................. 2

Pallunji Nusserwanji Patell ................................. 2

Pestonji Byramji Colah ....................................... 2

Aderji Shapoorji Goozratee .......................... ....... 2

Cowasji Edulji Khumbata .................................... 3

Dossabhoy Hormusji Dolakhaw .............................. 1

Cursetji Rustomji Daver .................................... 2

Edulji Cursetji ....................... t .......................... 2



Total dollars ,



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NARAYEN DINANATHJI, ESQUIRE,

Secretary to the Framji Cowasji

Institute Committee.
BEAR SIR,

As I am about to quit Bombay permanently, I beg you
will do the favour to submit my resignation of the Chair to
members of the Committee.

With my cordial wishes for the success of the Institution
and thanks for the support I have received from the Mem-
bers and yourself while I have occupied the Chair.

I beg to subscribe myself,

Yours most faithfully,
BOMBAY, 16th May 1853, J. M. LEGKYT.

STUDENTS' LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC SOCIETY,

BOMBAY, 24M December 1853.
To

NARAYEN DINANATHJI, ESQUIRE,

Secretary to the Framji Cowasji

Institute Committee^
SIR,

In accordance ta a Resolution passed at a meeting of the
Ks. a. p. Managing Committee of the

Department Receipt of
Commercial Bank2,577 9 2 Society, held on the 20th instant,

" 227 71 to



mercialBank ...... 307 6 by the enclosed Cheque of

Be, 3,112 i 6 R S . 3,112-1-6, on the Commercial
Bank, the balance as in the margin, of the Framji CowaKJi
Apparatus Fund.

You will be pleased to pass me a receipt for the same.

I remain,

Sir,
Your most obedient Servant,

BOMANJI PESTONJI, Treasurer,



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To

THE HONORABLE J. WARDEN, ESQUIRE.

SIR,

I have the honor to inform you that at a meeting of the
Committee of the Framji Cowasji Institute, held in the rooms
of the Elphiiistone Institution on the 8th instant, it was
resolved unanimously that you be requested to be Chairman
of the Committee in the room of P. W. LeGeyt, Esq.,
resigaed.

I therefore -request you to do the Committee the Favor of
accepting the office.

I have the honor to be,

Sir,
Your most obedient Servant,

NARAYEN DINANATHJI, Secretary.
BOMBAY, 20th April 1854.

To

NARAYEN DINANATHJI, ESQUIRE,

Secretary to the Framji Cowasji

Institute Committee.
SIR,

I have had the honor to receive your letter, dated yester-
day, informing me that, at a meeting of the Managing
Committee of the Framji Cowasji Institute, it was resolved
unanimously that I be requested to be Chairman of the
Committee.

I beg you to convey to the Committee the expression of
iny willingness to accept the office to which they have done
me the honor to nominate me.

I have the honor to be,

Sir.,

Your most obedient Servant,
BOMBAY, Zlst April 1854. JAMES WARDEN,



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To

PROFESSOR GIRAUD,

PROFESSOR DADABHOY NOWROJI,

AND

ARDASEER FRAMJI, ESQUIRE.

GENTLEMEN,

I have been directed by the Committee of the Framji
Cowasji Institute to communicate to you, that they shall
feel much obliged by your forming yourself into a Com-
mittee to take charge of the philosophical apparatus, speci-
mens of minerals, &c., belonging to the F. C. Institute, and
at present deposited in the Elphinstone Institution.

I have the honor to be,

Gentlemen,
Your most obedient Servant,

NARAYEN DINANATHJI,
BOMBAY, 24th October 1854. Secretary.

To

NARAYEN DINANATHJI, ESQUIRE,

Secretary to the Framji Cowasji Institute.
SIR,

Having been desired by the Head Master of the Elphin-
stone Central School, to remove the cases containing the
collection of rocks and minerals belonging to the Framji
Cowasji Institute, now lying at the school, I have rented a
portion of the premises below the Native General Library,
occupied by Mr. Sorabji Framji, for Rs. 7 per month, to
place the cases from May 25th, 1858.

I remain,

Sir,
Your most obedient Servant,

ARDASEER FRAMJI,
BOMBAY, 7th July 1858. Curator.



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To

PROFESSOR HUGHLINGS,

Secretary to the Students' Literary and

Scientific Society, Bombay.
SIR,

I have been instructed by the Committee of the Framji

Cowasji Institute to inform you, that they are of opinion
that it would greatly add to the advantage of the Institute
were the Victoria Museum built close to, and if possible,
in one harmonious plan with it ; and that they have passed
a Resolution making the following proposals to tho Com-
mittee of the Victoria Museum.

That the Framji Cowasji Institute make over to the
Victoria Museum Committee the philosophical apparatus,
and the collection of minerals, &c., of the value of six or
seven thousand Rupees, and that they pay to the Museum
Committee such a further sum, as would make up, with the
value of the abovementioned apparatus, minerals, &c., a sum
equal to ten thousand rupees.

That in consideration of the above, the Victoria Museum
appropriate a gallery in the proposed Victoria Museum
building, to the formation of a natural History Museum,
to be called after the name of the late Framji Cowasji,
and to be under the management of the Framji Cowasji
Institute, or the Students' Literary and Scientific Society.

I have further been instructed to inform you, that thev
have resolved to invite tenders at once for tho erection of
the proposed building for the Framji Cowasji Institute on
the site of the Alma Hotel, and the ground reclaimed from
the Framji Cowasji Tank,

I have the honor to be,

Sir,
Your most obedient Servant,

NARAYEN DINANATHJI,
BOMBAY, 18th September 1861. Secretary.



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To

ARDAS1R FRAMJI, ESQUIRE.

SIR,

I have the honor to inform you that the Committee of the
Framji Gowasji Institute have resolved to make over to
Dr. G. Bird wood for safe custody the philosophical appara-
tus, mineral s, &c., now in your charge, and to request yon
will be good enough to inform me, when it will be conve-
nient to you, to make over the same to that gentleman.

I have the honor to be,

Sir,
Your most obedient Servant,

NARAYEN DINANATHJI,
BOMBAY, 18th September 1861. Secretary.

To

SIR ALEXANDER GRANT, BART.

MY DEAR SIR,

With reference to your note dated the 31st ultimo,
I beg to inform you that the building of the Framji Cowasji
Institute has not been commenced yet, but plans and speci-
fications of the building have been prepared, and tenders
have been invited and received. The arrangements for
commencing the building will be completed as soon as a
reply to a reference that has been made to Government is
received and the building will probably be finished in about

a year.

Believe me,

Dear Sir,

Yours sincerely,

JUGGUNNATH SUNKERSETT.
BOMBAY, 4th Octobter 1861.



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To

JUGGUNNATH SUNKERSETT, ESQUIRE,

President of the Framji Cowasji

Committee, &a &c. &c.
MY DEAR SIR,

In thanking you for the favor of your note received last
evening, I am sorry to inform you that the statement it
affords of the Framji Cowasji Committee appears to me so
little satisfactory that I should think it my duty to bring
the matter before the next meeting of the Students' Literary
and Scientific Society, and to consult with them what steps
ought to be adopted by the Society for obtaining the advan-
tages to which they are entitled, and which have been so
long withheld from them by your Committee.

Our meeting has been postponed till Monday next,
November llth.

Believe me, my dear Sir,

Yours sincerely,
BOMBAY, 5tk November 1861. A. GRANT.

To

SIR ALEXANDER GRANT, BART.

MY DEAR SIR,

In reply to your note of the 5th instant, I beg to inform
you that it has been laid before the Committee of the
Framji Cowasji Institute and they consider that it calls for
no remark beyond this acknowledgment in the present
state of affairs.

Believe me,

My dear Sir,
Yours very sincerely,
JUGGUNNATH SUNKERSETT.
BOMBAY, 7th November 186L



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To

NAKAYEN DINANATH JI, ESQUIRE,

Secretary to the Framji Cowasji

Institute Committee.
SIR,

I have the honor to inform you that your letter of the
18th September last was brought before the notice of the
Managing Committee of the Students' Literary and Scien-
tific Society on Friday the 22nd ultimo, which was the
first occasion of their holding a meeting since the date of
your letter.

I am instructed by the Managing Committee to inform
you that they are glad to learn that tenders have been
invited for the building of the Framji Cowasji Institute*
and they trust no delay may be suffered to take place in
the accomplishment of so desirable a work.

The Managing Committee have authorized their Curator
of minerals, &c., Mr. Ardasir Framji, to make over the who]e
of the collection to the Framji Cowasji Committee with a

view to their being ultimately placed in the Victoria


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