No. 2, Financial
12 January 1860
My Lord Duke
I have the honor to transmit for Your Grace's information a Return of the value of Imports and Customs Receipts at New Westminster, British Columbia, for the twelve months ending with the 31st day of December 1859.
2. Your Grace will observe that this Return shews an increase inManuscript imagein Customs Receipts for the December quarter,
of 103 1/8 per cent as compared with the March Quarter,
of 42 1/2 per cent as compared with the June Quarter,
of 16 1/4 per cent as compared with the September Quarter;
The total receipts for the twelve months being £18,464.0.0
3. The duty of Twelve Shillings per ton on Goods and wares carried from New Westminster to all other places in British Columbia, came into operation on the 1st day of January 1860. It is estimated that the duty will produce about £8,000 per Annum, provided there be no increase of trade; and should trade increase at the same ratio as last year, the revenue derived from it will be in excess of that sum.
4. I trust it will soon be in my power to present to Your Grace a statement of theentireManuscript imageentire public Revenue collected for the past year in British Columbia, which will probably be over Fifty Thousand pounds.
I have etc.
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
Copy to Treasury. If any more papers respecting British Columbia are being laid before Parlt this satisfactory report of the last year's Revenue should be communicated as an offset against the demands made upon Parlt for the expenses of the Colony. But the Governor ought to supply us with an account how this Revenue has been spent. If the Colony has raised £50,000 in /59 we shd rather like to know the manner of its appropriation.
ABd 5/3
HM Mh 5
The Govr sh. be called on for an acct. of Expenditure as well as Receipts?
CF 6
Certainly!
N 7
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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"Statement of Customs Revenue (including Duties, Harbor Dues, Entrance Fees, Head Money &c) collected during the Year ending December 31st 1859," with comparatives to previous quarters, signed by W.D. Gosset, Treasurer.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft, Merivale to G.A. Hamilton, Treasury, 19 March 1860, forwarding copy of the despatch for information.
Douglas, James to Pelham-Clinton, Henry Pelham Fiennes 12 January 1860, CO 60:7, no. 2313, 43. 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/B60002.html.

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