John Woods held the copyright for 'God defend New Zealand' from 1877 until 1914, and tirelessly promoted the song. In 1897 he asked Premier Richard Seddon to present a copy to Queen Victoria when Seddon attended her 60th jubilee celebrations in England. This is Seddon's letter to Woods, conveying the Queen's thanks.
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