No. 8
4th February 1865
Sir,
I have the honor to report that I opened the Legislative Session of this year on the 12th Ultimo by an address of which I enclose a copy. I add copies of the reply from the Council and of my rejoinder.
2. I am happy to saythatManuscript image that the Legislative business is proceeding rapidly, and that my relations with the Council are of the most intimate and friendly description.
I have the honor to be,
Sir,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Frederick Seymour
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Mr Elliot
Acknowledge receipt.
ABd 15-5
TFE 15/5
CF 16
EC 17
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Newspaper clipping, unnamed, no date, "Speech of His Excellency the Governor at the Opening of the Legislative Council, 12th January 1865."
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This export duty was suggested. I scarcely think it was recommended at the very infancy of this Colony. And Govr Douglas was at first in favor of its adoption. But practical difficulties were found to arise, & the tax was not imposed. I doubt if it will be found to answer now in consequence of the facility which exists for smuggling gold across the border into the States.
Plan of Union with V.C. Island rejected.
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Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Newspaper clipping, unnamed, no date, "Reply of Legislative Council to the Governor's Speech," signed by A.N. Birch, Presiding Member, 17 January 1865.
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Newspaper clipping, unnamed, no date, "The Governor's Rejoinder," 17 January 1865.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Cardwell to Seymour, No. 23, 19 May 1865.
Seymour, Frederick to Cardwell, Edward 4 February 1865, CO 60:21, no. 4582, 51. 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/B65008.html.

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