No. 23
6 November 1858
In acknowledging receipt of your Despatch of the 2nd September 1858, No 3, transmitting to me the Queens Revocation of the Crown Grant of the 30th May 1838, to the Hudson's Bay Company, in so far as relates to the Territories comprized within the Colony of BritishColumbiaManuscript image Columbia, I beg to acquaint you that the necessary Proclamation upon this subject will be made in the course of a few days. 1
I have etc.
James Douglas
Governor of Vancouver's Island
and of British Columbia
Minutes by CO staff
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VJ 17 Jan
C Jany 18
  1. = revocation of HBC license For Lytton's despatch, see Lytton to Douglas, No. 3, CO 398/1, p. 55, 2 September 1858. Douglas had already proclaimed the revocation on 3 November (citation needed; or ref to Gazette??) but may have felt some uncertainty about his legal position (see B027 below) it so he proclaimed it again on 19 November. Cf. also Douglas to Lytton, 26 October 1858, No. 6 , 12724, CO 60/1, p. 245, and Douglas to Lytton, 27 November 1858, No. 34 , 1050, CO 60/1, p. 437. Note that in Douglas to Lytton, 8 November 1858, No. 27 , 546, CO 60/1, p. 392 Douglas states that the HBC no longer possess rights or enjoy any privilege that is not equally shared by all Her Majesty's subjects in those Colonies.
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Carnarvon, Earl

Douglas, James

Jadis, Vane

Lytton, Edward George Earle Bulwer

Merivale, Herman

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Hudson's Bay Company

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