No. 60
31 December 1862
I have the honor to forward herewith to your Grace the Annual Blue Book for the Colony of British Columbia for the year 1861, prepared in as complete a manner as the circumstances of the Colony will admit.
2. I have from time to timekeptManuscript image kept Her Majesty's Government so well acquainted with the progress and settlement of the Colony that I do not deem it necessary to make any further remarks on the subject, on the present occasion.
I have the honor to be
My Lord Duke,
Your Grace's most obedient
and humble Servant
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Acke rect.
ABd 1 Apl
Yes.
FR 31st Decr
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Mr Elliot
It is proper for me to direct attention to the fact that the Act of Parlt 21 and 22 Vict. C. 99—providing for the Govt of British Columbia continues in force until the 31st Decr next, and "thenceforth and to the end of the then next Session of Parlt."
If it be not thought necessary to alter the provisions of this present Act this Session would apparently be aManuscript image favorable moment for passing a short continuing Act for say another period of four years.
A. Blackwood 2 April/62
Sir F. Rogers
This is a question which requires to be considered by you and Mr Fortescue
TFE 2 April
Mr Fortescue
It is entirely a matter of convenience. There is no necessity for legislating till the session of 1863—the act remaining in force till the end of that Session.
But as it wd be advisable thatManuscript image the continuing Act should not only be passed, but be known in B.C. to have been passed before the period at wh the old Act wd expire, it may be best to avoid the chance of miscarriage, passing a continuing Act of a few lines at once.
FR 3/4
Duke of Newcastle
This wd perhaps depend upon the measures which you may decide upon with respect to B. Columbia.
CF 4
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 19, 14 April 1863.
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[The following is a collection of miscellaneous documents inserted at the conclusion of the despatches for 1862:]

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Admiral R. Mayne to Blackwood, 8 October 1862, describing the lack of men fit to legislate in British Columbia.
Minutes by CO staff
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Duke of Newcastle
As we are totally without infn from the Governor as to the number & the character of the Settlers in B. Columbia who could form an electoral or even a representative body there I have made it my business to put enquiries on the subject to reliable persons, (whenever I could meet withManuscript image them) who have been in the country & know something about it. I now submit to your Grace a Letter from Commander Mayne—who from having travelled over parts of B.C. and being a man of observation is as much of an authority on the point as any body I am acquainted with—whose letter abundantly proves the paucity of the materials out of which a representativeManuscript image body could be constructed.
ABd 9 Octr 1862
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W.D. Gosset to Sir Harry Verney, 24 October 1862, offering to describe various "sweeping changes earnestly desired" in British Columbia, being reluctant to approach the colonial office in case he should thus figure as a malcontent.
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Verney to Fortescue, 27 October 1862, forwarding copy of Gosset's letter and advising that as he might offer much useful information, an interview should be arranged with Newcastle.
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Notes of conversation with Gosset, detailing various measures desired by the citizens of British Columbia with reference to the survey office, roads, the desire for representative or responsible government and other matters, signed by Fortescue, December 1862.
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Gosset to Fortescue, 23 December 1862, enclosing a minute on British Columbia to back up their recent conversation, for the benefit of the Duke of Newcastle.
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Minute as noted above, detailing in point form the various reforms to the present situation and government of the colony necessary for its continued progress, signed by Gosset, 23 December 1862.
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Emigration Board to Elliot, 2 December 1862, reporting a visit by Gosset in which that gentlemen reported various cases of "jobbing" in the colony.
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Gosset to Fortescue, 8 December 1862, forwarding information.
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Minute by H.T. Irving on the Royal Engineers in British Columbia, including "Conditions as to the duration of their service," dated 25 January 1863.
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 120, 9 May 1862.
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, unnumbered, 9 June 1862 (letter of introduction for Thomas L. Wood, a member of the English bar, proceeding to British Columbia; two copies on microfilm).
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Copy of Proclamation issued by the Queen in Council, 19 July 1862, with reference to the ability of the crown to provide for the government of the colonies, signed by Arthur Helps (fourteen pages).
Douglas, James to Pelham-Clinton, Henry Pelham Fiennes 31 December 1862, CO 60:13, no. 3139, 598. 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/B62060.html.

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