No. 4
19th January 1866
Sir,
I have the honor to inform you that Mr Walter Moberley having resigned his seat as Member of the Legislative Council for Cariboo West, I instructed the Magistrate of the District to call upon the InhabitantstoManuscript image to select a Representative to fill the vacancy thus created.
2. Three candidates appeared to contest the election. Doctor Black, who represented the district in the first Council, Mr Evans, put forward by the Merchants of Victoria to advocate Union of the Colonies, and Mr R. Smith, formerly a miner and now a Road Contractor. The latter Gentleman was selected by a large majority.
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3. I have therefore appointed Mr Robert Smith to be a member of the Legislative Council, subject to your pleasure until the 1st of June 1866.
I have the honor to be,
Sir,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Arthur N. Birch
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Acknowledge rect. Chief Clerk.
ABd 2 April
The 5th Clause of the Order in Council of 11 June 1863 requires that the appointment of Legislative Councillors should be approved by the Queen thro the S. of S.
Approve with the others.
Vide 3020.
Birch, Arthur Nonus to Cardwell, Edward 19 January 1866, CO 60:24, no. 3018, 19. 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/B66004.html.

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