No. 32
30 April 1861
I have the honor to forward herewith to your Grace copy of a letter I have received from Mr Henry P. Pellew Crease, Barrister at Law, applying for the appointment of Attorney General of British Columbia, in the placeofManuscript image of Mr Cary, should that gentleman's resignation of that position, under the circumstances mentioned in my Despatch of the 26th January, No 8, be accepted.
2. I have informed Mr Crease that in forwarding Mr Cary's letter of resignation I requested Your Grace to select another gentleman to succeed him, and it is therefore probable the appointment may be already made, but Mr Crease requests me, nevertheless, to submit his application for Your Grace's consideration.
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3. I have a personal acquaintance with Mr Crease, he was the first Barrister who arrived in this Colony, and is a gentleman of character and standing, and should Your Grace think fit to confer on him the appointment he seeks I should have no objection to offer.
I have the honor to be
My Lord Duke,
Your Grace's most obedient
and humble Servant
James Douglas
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Mr Elliot
This despatch is satisfactory as regards Mr Crease. But the question remains whether, adverting to the Governor's observation in 5766—of 22 April, respecting the inutility of an Attorney General for B. Columbia unless he resides in V. Couver Island, where there is already an Attorney G. anybody at all shd be nominated to that situation in B. Columbia. But perhaps the Duke of Newcastle may regard this desph as sufficiently conclusive as to the necessity of a separate apptment for B. Columbia.
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Mr Fortescue
If there be any grounds of doubt on filling up this appointment it seems to me that they must be reduced to two.
First, ought the Attorney General for Vancouver Island to be asked to do the duty also for British Columbia, giving him perhaps a small extra salary? I daresay that it would be economical to combine many of the Offices for these two Colonies: but they have not in point of fact been combined, and have on the contrary advisedly been kept separate, and I do not think, therefore that you could make the Attorney General the single exception.
Secondly, is the residence of the officerManuscript image at Vancouver Island proof that he cannot be wanted to advise upon the affairs of British Columbia? This is the point put by Mr Blackwood. I think that it is not proof, because of course it is the Governor who wants a legal adviser, and who must naturally wish to find him at his side.
I anticipate therefore that the appointment will be filled up. In that case the question for the Duke of Newcastle will be whether he will bestow it on Mr Crease, who is favorably described by the Governor, or whether his Grace desires to send out any one from home.
TFE 11 July
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I have heard Mr Crease well spoken of independently of this report of the Govr and I will appoint him.
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Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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H.P.P. Crease to Douglas, 29 April 1861, applying for the position of attorney general for British Columbia.
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 84, 19 July 1861 that acknowledges Crease's application and reports that it will be put before the Queen for approval.