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It is incredible that three of the persons recently appointed by you to Offices of trust and responsibility in your Government would have proved defaulters, if you had exercised proper care in the distribution of the patronage which has been left so unreservedly in your hands. These repeated instances of defalcation are discreditable to your Government and cannot fail to deprive the Executive of the respect and confidence of the Colonists.


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.