Seymour to Elliot (Assistant Under-Secretary)
16 August 1866
I have had the honor to receive your letter of the 29th of June calling for my opinion on an Ordinance passed by the Legislature of British Columbia abolishing the import duty on Gold.
Systematic agitation from without made the duty in question so unpopular at the Gold mines that its abolition, as stated by Mr Birch and the Attorney General, became almost aManuscript image necessity. Under these circumstances I am of opinion that the recent Ordinance may properly be submitted for Her Majesty's allowance.
I have the honor to be,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Frederick Seymour
[P.S.] I have the honor to return the papers enclosed in your letter.

Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
I suppose Ordinance may now be confirmed?
VJ 20 Aug
I suppose so? In that case Mr Jadis will be good enough to see that it is done and in the right form.
TFE 20 Augt
CBA 21/8
From what I have heard of the relations of B. Columbia & V.C. Island to each other I believe the repeal of the export duty was inevitable. But the union of the two colonies may simplify this as other matters also.
Confirm the Ordinance.
C 23 Aug
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Carnarvon to Officer Administering the Government, No. 8, 30 August 1866.