Hammond to Under-Secretary of State
November 23. 1867
Sir,
I have laid before Lord Stanley Your letter of the 9th Instant, enclosing for His Lordship's consideration, a copy of a despatch from the Governor of British Columbia, in which he requests instructions in regard to matters which are affected by the cession of the Russian possessions in North America to the United States; & I am directed by Lord Stanley to state to you for the information of His Grace the Duke of BuckinghamthatManuscript image that His Lordship does not feel able to make any observations on this question generally, without being in possession of the despatch from the Governor of British Columbia, to which allusion is made in the enclosure of your letter.
I am,
Sir,
Your most obedient,
humble Servant,

E. Hammond
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Sir F. Rogers
If you will turn to Gov. Seymour's despatch 10907 you will see he says "cannot fail to observe from other despatches transmitted today on this subject"—these are the despatches now asked for. The only other despatch on the subject is 10908 whichManuscript image was sent to the F.O. on the 20th & probably was not before them when this present letter was written. I do not think that 10836 & 10906 on Confederation touch the matter—therefore the only information we have to give so far is of Gov. Seymour's private letter to Mr. Elliot—a copy of which you will see His Grace has ordered to go to F.O.
CC 26 Nov.
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So inform F.O. in that Gov Seymour must refer to the confl dpt of 25 Sept sent them in my letter of——and to the extract from a private letter dated also 25 Sept & sent to F.O. in a separate letter. At once.
FR 26/11
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Seymour to Elliot, 25 September 1867, detailing the Cariboo incident, also requesting instructions regarding matters affected by Russian cessation.
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Seymour to Elliot, Confidential, 25 September 1867, detailing the Cariboo incident and requesting instructions regarding matters affected by the American acquisition of former Russian territory.
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Duke of Buckingham
These seem to strengthen the case for Victoria as a capital. (NB not to print No 87.)
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Seymour to Elliot, 25 September 1867, concerning the location of the capital with reference to comments of Captain Verney on the subject and the cession of Russian America to the United States.
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Who is Mr Verney? Is it Lieut: Verney R.N.?
B&C 12/11
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Commander Verney who for 3 years commanded HMS Grappler in B. Columbia & the adjacent waters during the last year in which Mr Seymour was Govr. See 4489 from him & Govr Seymour's 8562.
CC 13 Nov
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Elliot to Hammond, 3 December 1867, advising that the remaining pieces of information not yet furnished would be forwarded under separate cover.
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Elliot to Hammond, 3 December 1867, forwarding extract of confidential letter from Seymour.
Hammond, Edmund to Adderley, Charles Bowyer 23 November 1867, CO 60:30, no. 11564, 168. 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/B675FO06.html.

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