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Unfortunately the revenue has fallen far short of Governor Douglas' Estimate, the Colony is unable to defray the annual cost of the Engineers and a debt is rapidly accumulating (amounting already to upwards of £40,000 and which will probably not be less than £60,000 by the end of the current financial year) that must impede the development of the Colony and the ultimate amount of which it is not easy to foresee.


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.