No. 60
20th May 1865
I have the honor to forward an authenticated and two plain Copies of an Ordinance of the recent Session of the Legislature of this Colony, entitled; No. 16. An OrdinancetoManuscript image to prohibit the sale or gift of intoxicating liquor to Indians. I add the Report of the Attorney General.
2. It is hardly necessary for me to make any observations upon the principles of this measure. Experience has shown that the Indians of this Colony cannot indulge with moderation in intoxicating liquors. The large profit, however, derived from the trade induces many persons, totally indifferent to ulterior results to engage in it.TheManuscript image The present Ordinance is better adapted than its predecessor to act as a Check upon the nefarious traffic.
I have the honor to be,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Frederick Seymour
Minutes by CO staff
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ABd 11 July
TFE 12/7
This is a very proper Ordinance. I am not quite sure however that SS 4 will effect all that it is intended to effect.
It will supply perhaps evidence for a conV.C.I.n under SS 6. But it will not enable a Justice to convict a person of selling, bartering, or giving intoxicating liquors under Sect 1 inasmuch as the being in an Indian tent with spirits is not made evidence of having given but only of an intention to give, wh is not punishable by Law.
Sanction with this obsn.
FR 27/7
EC 29
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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H.P.P. Crease, Attorney General, to Colonial Secretary, 8 May 1865, reporting on the ordinance as per despatch.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Cardwell to Seymour, No. 51, 2 August 1865.
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Schedule of acts confirmed, listing acts 1, 2, 6, 7, 11, 12, 15, and 16, with titles.