Berens to Newcastle
Hudson's Bay House
16 January 1860
My Lord Duke,
I have now the honor to transmit herewith a statement of the grounds upon which this Company claim the lands and buildings in their occupation in British Columbia; and for the purpose of the matter being brought under the consideration of the Judicial Committee, I shall be happy to put our Solicitor in communication with the Law Officers of the Crown as soon as your Grace has had an opportunity of considering the Manuscript image the statement now sent, and whether it can be arranged that a joint statement can be agreed upon or that each party shall furnish its own.
I have etc.
H.H. Berens
Minutes by CO staff
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VJ 17 Jan
D. of Newcastle
I have got the former papers & now annex draft of case for Law Advisers.
HM Jan 23
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Berens, Deputy Governor, to Lytton, [12 October 1858], providing detailed information on the history of the Hudson's Bay Company, including their role in the Pacific northwest and subsequent claims in the region.
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Carnarvon to Berens, 16 November 1858, concerning the claims of the company and requesting further information.
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Lytton to Douglas, 16 November 1858, requesting information on the claims forwarded by the Hudson's Bay Company.
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Berens to Lytton, 1 December 1858, acknowledging receipt of Carnarvon's letter and advising that the information requested would be promptly sent.
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Merivale to Berens, 14 September 1859, transmitting copy of a despatch from Douglas on the claims of the company and requesting an early answer.
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Douglas to Lytton, 31 May 1859, on the subject of the land claims forwarded by the company.
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A.G. Dallas, John Work, Roderick Finlayson, & Charles Dodd, to Douglas, 16 February 1859, presenting a statement of company claims. The statement of claims is followed by a "Tabular Statement of Land in British Columbia held by the Hudsons Bay Company."
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Berens to Newcastle, 16 October 1859, acknowledging Merivale's letter and further discussing the company's land claims.
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Merivale to Berens, 30 December 1859, agreeing to refer the dispute to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and requesting a statement of the legal basis on which the company based its claim.
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Statement from the Hudson's Bay Company, no signature, no date, stating their perceived legal position.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft, Merivale to Attorney General and Solicitor General, 6 February 1860, forwarding correspondence with the Hudson's Bay Company and requesting advice regarding the company's claims to land in British Columbia.
Berens, Henry Hulse to Pelham-Clinton, Henry Pelham Fiennes 16 January 1860, CO 60:9, no. 532, 117. 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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