No. 106
9th September 1867
My Lord Duke,
I have the honor to forward an authenticated and two plain copies of an Ordinance of the late Session of the Legislature of this Colony,entitledManuscript image entitled; No 23. An Ordinance to repeal the real estate Tax Acts of Vancouver Island.
2. On the proclamation of the Act of Parliament 29 & 30 of Victoria, Chapter 67, the Customs Tariff of British Columbia became extended over Vancouver Island. It became therefore a matter of simple justice that the direct taxes by which the late Government of the Colony had beensupportedManuscript image supported should cease. Hence this measure.
3. The Attorney General's report is enclosed.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord Duke
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Frederick Seymour
Minutes by CO staff
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CC 4 Novr
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Sir F. Rogers
Repeal of Real Estate Tax Acts of V. Island. Sanction.
HTH 5/11
FR 6/11
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Yes. But the V.C.I. people will get off very well, for it appears that, altho' really liable to Customs duty from the date of the Union, the previous importations were such as practically to give them at least a year's consumption of goods on wh no duty had been paid.
FR 6/11
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The equitable thing would have been that the Act repealed shd have remained in force until the customs duties were really coming in—and further this act shd not have been repealed as regards the public condition until an equivalent amount was recovered but it is too late to deal with the matter I presume.
B&C 6/11
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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H.P.P. Crease, Attorney General, to Seymour, 6 July 1867, reporting on the ordinance as per despatch.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Buckingham to Seymour, No. 78, 8 November 1867 conveying “Her Majesty's gracious confirmation and allowance of” a number of ordinances, one of which is ordinance 23.