No. 28
31st August 1864
I have the honor to forward an Authenticated and two plain copies of a Bill submitted to me by the Legislative Council of this Colony in its recent Session, and reserved by me for Her Majesty's consideration. It is entitled;
An Ordinance for the regulation of Banks.
I add the Report of the Attorney General.
2. I am not certain that our present Legislative Constitution allows of theExecutiveManuscript image Executive assent being given to a Bill after the prorogation of the Legislature; but the permission to reserve a proposed measure for the consideration of the Secretary of State is so convenient that I have supposed it to exist, and shall embody it in the Standing Orders which I shall lay before the Council at its next meeting. If I have assumed for the Governor a power which he does not possess, the whole effect will be, that a Bill of doubtful propriety will fall to the ground.
3. I regret, much, the delay which has occurred in forwarding the enclosed documents, but IhaveManuscript image have recently been for upwards of two months in the interior of the Country without the means of communicating with you.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Frederick Seymour
Minutes by CO staff
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VJ 21 Nov
TFE 21/11
In the first place send to Treasury as substance.
Speaking prematurely & therefore witht exce I shd say that the reservation was formally wrong, as it is a process applicable only to Represve Legres & B.C. is formally a Cr. Colony.
CF 7
EC 8
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Copy, H.P.P. Crease, Attorney General, to Colonial Secretary, 11 May 1864, reporting on the ordinance as per despatch.
Other documents included in the file
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Elliot to G.A. Hamilton, Treasury, 19 December 1864, forwarding copy of the despatch, ordinance and attorney general's report for consideration.