No. 56
21 June 1860
My Lord Duke
I have had the honor of receiving your Grace's despatch No 16 of the 6th April, communicating your hope Manuscript image hope that it may soon be in your power to inform me of the decision which shall be arrived at in regard to the lands in British Columbia claimed by the Hudson's Bay Company.
2. It will be a source of much satisfaction to me when the matter is definitely settled for since addressing your Grace on the 7th February last, I have Manuscript image have had fresh instances brought to my notice of the inconvenience resulting from the present state of uncertainty as to whether the claims of the Hudson's Bay Company will be confirmed or not, and I have been obliged to address a letter to the Agent at this place of the Hudson's Bay Company requesting that the lands to which they assert Manuscript image assert a claim may be distinctly marked out, so as to prevent confusion and litigation which cannot otherwise be well avoided.
I forward for your Grace's information a Copy of that letter, together with a copy of the reply received.
I have etc.
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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ABd 6 Augt
FR 6/8
CF 7
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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W.A.G. Young, Acting Colonial Secretary, to A.G. Dallas, Hudson's Bay Company, 19 April 1860, asking for a clear explanation of what lands were claimed by the company, and suggesting that such lands be fenced.
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Dallas to Young, 20 April 1860, declining to fence the land as requested but advising that corner posts would be erected where appropriate.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 48, 24 August 1860.