No. 204
Government House, Victoria
Vancouvers Island
17 August 1859
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch of the 5th May last, No 61, conveying to me Her Majesty's Commands as to the designation to be conferred upon the capital of British Columbia.
2. I have announced by Proclamation Her Majesty's decision and that the Town heretofore knownManuscript imageknown as Queensborough shall, in pursuance of Her Majesty's pleasure, be henceforth called the City of New Westminster.
3. I forward herewith a copy of the Victoria Gazette, containing the Proclamation in question.
4. I beg you will offer to Her Most gracious Majesty our dutiful acknowledgements for Her kindness and consideration in according to our wishes in this matter.
I have etc.
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Newspaper clipping, Victoria Gazette, 31 July 1859, containing proclamation dated 20 July 1859, designating the new capital.