No. 61
Downing Street
5 May 1859
I have laid before the Queen your despatch No 93 of the 5th of February, expressing the desire that the name of the future Capital of British Columbia should be selected by the Queen.
I am commanded toacquaintManuscript image acquaint you that Her Majesty has been graciously pleased to decide that the Capital of British Columbia shall be called New Westminster.
You will therefore designate the City by that name, and will announce by Proclamation Her Majesty's decision to the inhabitants of the Colony.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient
Humble Servant
In the absence of
Sir E.B. Lytton
Carnarvon, Earl to Douglas, James 5 May 1859, LAC RG7:G8C/8, 3. 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.

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