Lowenberg to Buckingham
Victoria, Vancouver Island
British Columbia
9th December 1867
My Lord Duke
I regret having again to trouble the Department over which Your Grace presides, with further Communications relative to my property in Victoria, V.I. known as Block Z.
I beg to refer your Grace to a Despatch from Mr Cardwell to Governor Kennedy dated the 14th August 1865 and the enclosures therewith, being the opinion of the Law Officers of the Crown dated the 26th July 1865. In January 1866 Mr Elliott of the Colonial Office officially informed me in answer to a personal enquiry ofmineManuscript image mine, that instructions would be sent to Governor Kennedy forthwith strongly urging the propriety of settling this question in accordance with the opinion of the Law Officers of the Crown, but notwithstanding the repeatedly expressed opinions of Mr Cardwell and His Grace the Duke of Newcastle I have never been able to obtain any assurance either of Mr Kennedy or Mr Seymour that the Crown had abandoned their claim to this property or that my title would be undisturbed.
I have addressed to Mr Seymour a letter the Copy of which I enclose together with his answer to that Communication.
I have now respectfully to request your Grace to refer Mr Seymour to the Communications of Your Grace's predecessors in office addressed to the Governors of this Colony, and desire your Graces intervention to set this matteratManuscript image at rest once for all.
I have the honor to be
My Lord Duke
Your Grace's most obedient and
most humble Servant
L. Lowenberg

To His Grace
The Duke of Buckingham
&c &c &c
Her Majesty's Secretary of State
for the Colonies
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
The D. of Buckingham's despatch No 98 of the 18 Dec will enable the Govr to settle this matter. 11566.
CC 28/1
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Send this to Mr Seymour directing him to inform Mr L. that no notice can be taken of communications not sent thro' the Govr in the manner prescribed by the Col. Regs—but at the same time referring Mr S. to the dph of 18 Dec.
FR 29/1
CBA 30/1
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Lowenberg to Seymour, 16 November 1867, asking that the dispute be finally resolved and that his title to the land be confirmed according to directions received from the colonial office.
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W.A.G. Young to Lowenberg, 27 November 1867, advising that the governor was awaiting instructions from England on the matter.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Buckingham to Seymour, No. 6, 3 February 1868 instructing Seymour on how to respond to Lowenberg’s claim and communications.