9339 Vancouver's Island.
Vancouvers Island.
30 August 1851
My Lord,
I beg to inform your Lordship that on
Letter to Lord President 18 Nov/51
the 27th Inst, I nominated the following gentlemen as Members of council for Vancouvers Island 
           James Douglas Esqr, (Senior Member) 
           James Cooper Esqr 
           John Todd Esqr 
Providing expressly that these nominations should be merely provisional, and subject to be confirmed or disallowed by Her Majesty the Queen. The above named gentlemen have this day taken the oath of allegiance as prescribed
and their
and their seats as members of Council. 
H.M. Ship "Daphne" leaves this settlement for California on the 1st September, and as I am about to avail myself of that opportunity of leaving the Island, the Senior Member of the council will administer the government, till further instructions shall be received from your Lordship, 
I have the honor to be
My Lord
Your Most Obedient Servant
Richard Blanshard. Governor
The Rt Honble
Earl Grey.
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Merivale
Mr Smith? 
11 Novr
N 11
Mr Douglas' having been appointed Govr it seems unnecessary to send out a formal appt to him as Member of the Council.? 
14 Nov
Other documents included in the file
  • Draft, Grey to The Lord President, 18 November 1851, requesting that James Cooper and John Tod be confirmed in their appointments as members of council. 
  • Draft reply, Grey to Douglas, No. 3, 9 January 1852
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Despatch to London:
Blanshard to Earl Grey, 30 August 1851, National Archives of the UK, 9339, CO 305/3. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871. Ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria: University of Victoria. http://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/getDoc.htm?id=V51019.scx. Accessed 18 June 2018. 

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