No. 63
19 July 1860
My Lord Duke
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Your Grace's Despatch No 18, of the 16th of April last, in reference to the Proclamation issued by me on Manuscript image on the 14th of May 1859, for the Naturalization of Aliens in British Columbia, and I feel truly grateful for the trouble which Your Grace has taken in reviewing that Act, which I now observe has defects impairing its efficiency, not only by allowing facilities in the naturalization of aliens that may lead to the abuse of that privilege, but also by granting rights which the Colonial Legislature cannot confer, and in certain cases subverting Manuscript image subverting the rights of persons naturalized, in a manner certainly not contemplated by the Act.
2. I have, in consequence of Your Grace's remarks, called the attention of Her Majesty's Attorney General to the subject of that Proclamation, which will be amended as soon as possible, in the manner which Your Grace has suggested.
I have etc.
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Put by.
ABd 12 Sep
Put by.
TFE 12/9
Douglas, James to Pelham-Clinton, Henry Pelham Fiennes 19 July 1860, CO 60:7, no. 8790, 367. 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/B60063.html.

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