No. 104
New Westminster
22nd August 1868
My Lord Duke,
I have the honor to forward the monthly reports of the Magistrates in charge of the several Districts of the Colony.TheManuscript image The great distance of the Kootenay from Head Quarters and the uncertainty of communication deprive me of the opportunity of reporting to Your Grace from that quarter with any degree of certainty. I hear however no complaints and am highly satisfied with the chief constable whom I have left in charge.
2. I think that Your Grace will be of opinion thattheManuscript image the intelligence furnished by Mr O'Reilly, from Yale, and from Lillooet by Mr Sanders is highly satisfactory. It really seems as if British Columbia is to become a settled Colony at last instead of a mere gold field with an unattached population.
3. I add a Report respecting the agricultural resources of the Colony furnished me by Mr Cornwall,oneManuscript image one of our most enterprising settlers.
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
All these reports are exceedingly encouraging, and shew that a great deal of land has been preempted—& that there are good hopes of permanent settlement.
The land is most productive, Crops abundant, & but little Crime.
Acknowledge with satisfaction &Manuscript image Copy to Ld Bd. There is much information which might be extracted from these reports which would be a valuable addition to the next Colonization Circular.
WR 13 Oct 68
FR 16/10
CBA 19/10
B&C 22/10
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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P. O'Reilly, Magistrate, Yale District, to Colonial Secretary, 3 August 1868, reporting on the "very satisfactory state" of his district, and including a list of current retail prices at Yale.
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Chartres Brew, Magistrate, Cariboo District, to Colonial Secretary, 4 August 1868, reporting on activities in his district.
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E. Sanders, Magistrate, Lillooet District, to Colonial Secretary, 5 August 1868, reporting favorably on conditions in his district, and including a list of retail prices at Lillooet.
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H.M. Ball, Magistrate, New Westminster District, to D. Maunsell, Private Secretary to Seymour, 26 August 1868, reporting on the state of his district, including schedule of "Vessels cleared from Burrards Inlet since October 1867."
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Memorandum, H. Cornwall, 18 August 1868, reporting on state of agriculture near Lytton, including estimates of crop yields.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Buckingham to Seymour, No. 95, 26 October 1868 stating Buckingham’s satisfaction with the Monthly reports of the Magistrates in charge of the several districts of British Columbia.
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Rogers to Emigration Commission, 29 October 1868, forwarding copy of the despatch for information.