Homer to Newcastle
6 March 1861
At a Convention of delegates from various districts in British Columbia, held at New Westminster from the 15th to the 20th of February, A Memorial
Not yet received from the Governor.
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was forwarded from them to Your Grace, through His Excellency Governor Douglas.
At the same time I was directed to transmit, a duplicate Copy of the Memorial by Mail, as the members of the Convention were desirous, that the wishes of the People of British Columbia should be made known toHerManuscript image Her Majesty's Government at as early a period as possible.
I therefore beg leave most respectfully to Enclose a Copy of the Memorial.
I have etc.
J.A.R. Homer
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
The Memorial stated in this Letter to have been agreed to at a Convention held at New Westminster in Feby last has not yet reached this Office thro' the Governor.
If he shd not send it within a month or 6 weeks from this date call for his report by the means of the usual Lithographed Form.
The Memorial dated 1860Manuscript image is not in the Dt. The subject of it demanded deliberate consideration. Perhaps the Duke of Newcastle has deemed it prudent to reserve entering upon the question of any change in the Govt of B. Columbia until we approach nearer to the time—vizt 31 Decr 1862—of the expiration of the Act of Parlt Vict. 21-Cap. 99, in virtue of wh. Br: Col: was erected into a Colony, when an alteration in the present system of Govt may be requisite.
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Mr Fortescue
Wait for a time to see whether the Governor reports? So far as regards the non-residence of Officers, I thought that instructions had been given which would put an end to this kind of complaint.
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I have the large question, and the papers connected with it, still under consideration.
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Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Memorial of "British Subjects" at New Westminster to Newcastle, 20 January 1861, expressing various grievances against the government including the desire of the people for a resident governor and public officers, 8 signatures.
Minutes by CO staff
This Memo is, I think, under the consn of His Grace.