No. 175
Government House Victoria
Vancouvers Island
1 July 1859
Sir
I have duly received your Despatch No 32 of the 15th March, in reference to the admission of Barristers and Attornies to the Court of British Columbia.
2. The liberal measure of allowing foreign Counsel toManuscript imageto practise in the Court of British Columbia has been attended fortunately by no evil effects, no foreigners having either practised in the Court, or otherwise derived any advantage whatever from the concession, one cause for which may be assigned to the fact that, the country has enjoyed a singular degree of quiet, and almost an exemption from troublesome litigation.
3. TheManuscript image3. The privilege granted by the order of Court in favour of attorneys and solicitors of the Supreme Court of the United States, expired yesterday and will not be renewed, as numbers of English Lawyers have arrived who purpose residing here permanently and practising both in the Courts of British Columbia and Vancouvers Island.
I have etc.
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
Put by?
HT Irving 27 Augt
Plenty of lawyers already arrived.
HM Augt 27
N 29
Douglas, James to Lytton, Edward George Earle Bulwer 1 July 1859, CO 60:4, no. 8569, 534. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/B59175.html.

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