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Governor Douglas was peremptorily ordered to repay that money this year. In answer he amuses us with a long argumentation whether the Colony ought to pay two sums of about £35 for the Bishop's passage, and merely inserts in one part of his despatch a vague and grandiloquent statement that if suffered to borrow an additional £50,000, he doubts not that at the end of the year he would be able to establish a satisfactory relation toward H.M.'s Govt in all matters of account. This is the style of writing which I venture to characterize as shuffling.


This digital archive contains the original correspondence between the British Colonial Office and the colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia. This project aims to digitize and publish online a complete archive of the correspondence covering the period from 1846 leading to the founding of Vancouver Island in 1849, the founding of British Columbia in 1858, the annexation of Vancouver Island by British Columbia in 1866, and up to the incorporation of B.C. into the Canadian Federation in 1871.

All the material on this site originates in the work of Dr. James Hendrickson and his team of collaborators at the University of Victoria, which resulted in the publication of 28 print volumes of correspondence several years ago.

Teachers and students may also be interested in the Governor's Letters website, which provides learning materials based on this collection.