No. 73
6 November 1867
Sir,
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your despatch No. 98 of the 30th of August enclosing an Ordinance passed by your Legislature entitled "An Ordinance to amend the Law relating to Gold Mining."
As at present advisedIManuscript image I am inclined to think that an appeal from the decision of a Commissioner upon questions of fact may fairly and reasonably be dispensed with, but I entertain doubts whether it is desirable to take away the right of appeal from the verdict of a Jury in all cases, though it may, perhaps, be desirable to do so when the subject matter in dispute does not exceed a certain amount and no important principle is involved.
Before advising Her Majesty upon this Ordinance I desire to be furnished with a copy oftheManuscript image the report of the Law Assimilation Committee which is referred to by the Attorney General in his Report.
I should be glad also to be informed whether an amendment, allowing an appeal from the verdict of a Jury in cases above a certain amount, would in your opinion be desirable, and whether such an amendment would be likely to meet with the assent of your Legislative Council.
I have the honor to be
Sir,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Buckingham & Chandos
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Grenville, Richard to Seymour, Frederick 6 November 1867, NAC RG7:G8C/14, 413. 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/B677173.html.

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