No. 51
28th May 1868
My Lord Duke,
I have the honor to forward copy of the Proclamation by which I declared Victoria to be the Capital of the United Colony.
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2. So thoroughly has the question of the relative merits of the two principal towns for the seat of Government been canvassed that I do not think it necessary that I should prolong the present despatch.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord Duke,
Your Grace's most obedient,
humble Servant.
Frederick Seymour
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Holland
Perhaps you will see whether the Proclamation is in proper form.
The Governor's previous despatch 6303 has now to be disposed of, as well as this. It is for consideration in what terms this should be done.
Mr Graves has moved for the correspondence so that this & his written despatch will be included.
CC 1 July
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Sir F. Rogers
The proclamation is sufficient.
HTH 1/7
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Ackne & state that HG is glad to be apprised of the settlement of a question wh while it remained open must have furnished a continual source of irritation and uncertainty and that H.G. feels little doubtManuscript image that Mr Seymour has judged rightly in placing the seat of Govt in that part of the Colony where the greatest stationary population has collected and maritime communication is easiest.
FR 1/7
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Corresponde promised to Parlt may now be presented.
CBA 3/7
B&C 6/7
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Government Gazette Extraordinary, 25 May 1868, containing Seymour's proclamation making Victoria the seat of government.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Buckingham to Seymour, No. 46, 9 July 1868 acknowledging and discussing Seymour’s choice of Victoria as the capital of British Columbia.