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Our troops everywhere are pioneers of Christianity & civilization [and] it is always to me one of the most striking distinctive features of our Army that they move about the World not for war purposes but for peace—the mere discipline & order of our troops must carry some germ of good and the corrupting even of a small number is a great evil; for in time this small body will carry the germ of evil elsewhere, and in British Columbia it seems likely that an unusual variety of bad influences will surround them.


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.