I could not state the exact time, but practically ever since the archivist has been at work. There was an assistant archivist for many years, a Mr. Marmette, who died some time ago, and I appointed as his successor Mr. Richard, shortly after coming into office. There was a slight interregnum during which there was no person in Paris, but the copying went on. When I came into office I found that there was a large mass of material which Mr. Marmette indicated ought to be copied. The work must have been going on for about 15 years.
Mr. LaRIVIERE. By this time I should think whole libraries might be copied.