Verney to Buckingham
Travellers' Club, Pall Mall, S.W.
May 7 1867
My Lord Duke,
The accompanying copy has been sent to me of a petition which I am informed has been recently presented to your Grace.
For three years I commanded H.M.S. Grappler in British Columbia and the adjacent waters, during the last year of which time Mr Seymour was Governor.
When in some quarters there exists as strong a personal feeling against Governor Seymour as this petition indicates, it is only common fairness for me to express my views, whatever they may be worth, which are directly opposed to paragraph seven of the petition.
Although I am of opinion that Victoria ought certainly to be the capital of the Colony, I consider that the choice of the Seat of Government may well be left to Governor Seymour, whose painstaking conscientiousness in his duties mustManuscript image be apparent to all who have the honour of knowing him intimately: Or it may as safely be left to the Legislative Council whose debates up to the present time have been characterized by anything but servility to the Executive.
I have the honour to be
Your Grace's obedient Servant,
Edmund H. Verney
Commander, Royal Navy
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
The Memorial has been received and is now in circulation. Acknowledge? See 4492.
VJ 8 May
FR 8/5
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Put by.
CBA 8/5
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Without acknowledging.
B&C 10/5
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See subsequent Govr 67/8562.