No. 18, Miscellaneous
7 February 1860
My Lord Duke
Many questions have lately arisen on account of the claims of the Hudson Bay Company to the lands contiguous to their Forts on the lower parts of Fraser River, and difficulties are now felt in Manuscript image in consequence of those claims not being determined, in fact the progress of settlement in some of the Towns, is retarded from this cause; I would therefore very respectfully submit the matter to your Grace, and with reference to my Despatch of the 31st May 1859 No. 161, and more particularly with regard to the last paragraph, would request Your Grace to favor me with Manuscript image with such instructions, that I may be enabled definitely to settle the boundaries of the Company's claim at Langley, Hope, and Yale, and thus fix the exact limits of those Towns.
I have etc.
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
I think it will be right to inform the Govr that the Duke of Newcastle and the Hudson's Bay Company are in communication with each other on this subject, and that His Grace hopes it will shortly be in his power to tell the Governor the decision which shall be arrived at.
ABd 31/3
(See C.O. letter to Mr Berens of 23/inst: & Law Offrs report of 19th.)
TFE 31/3
CF Apl 2
N 3
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 16, 6 April 1860, informing him that the British government and the HBC were working toward a negotiated settlement of the company's land claims in British Columbia.