No. 52
1st June 1868
My Lord Duke,
In obedience to the instructions conveyed in Your Grace's despatch No. 16 of 2nd March 1868, I have the honor to forward the Deed by which the Hudson's Bay Company reconveyed Vancouver Island to theCrown.Manuscript image Crown.
I add copies of Minutes which have passed between the Colonial Secretary and Attorney General on the subject.
3. I shall, as suggested by Your Grace, bring the matter before the Legislative Council at its next Session.
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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Sir F. Rogers
The original deed granting Vancouver to the HBCo is in the Dept in a Box.
This is the deed of reconveyance. Are both to go to Record Office.
WR 19/8/68
FR 20/8
B&C 21/8
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See subsequent 38/5395 March 12, 1869.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
Deed of reconveyance not on microfilm.
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W.A.G. Young, Colonial Secretary, to H.P.P. Crease, Attorney General, 6 May 1868, advising the Secretary of State wishes that the original deed of reconveyance be forwarded to London and an attested copy retained in the colony.
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Crease to Young, 8 May 1868, recommending an ordinance be passed to ensure that the attested copy of the deed could serve as evidence in court.
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Minute, Young to Crease, no date, querying whether having the deed registered "in extenso" in the Land Registry Office would not serve the purpose.
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Minute, Crease to Young, 11 May 1868, agreeing that it did, with qualifications.
Other documents included in the file
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Elliot to Keeper of the Records, 27 August 1868, Record Office, transmitting for storage in the Archives the original deed granting Vancouver Island to the Hudsons Bay Company and the deed by which the company reconveyed it to the Crown.