No. 113
New Westminster
7th September 1868
My Lord Duke,
Would Your Grace kindly inform me if I have power to make grants, in the name of the Crown, for Lands sold in VancouverIslandManuscript image Island.
2. It appears to me that I do not possess it. At the time the Commission appointing me Governor of British Columbia was issued the fee of the Island was in the Hudson's Bay Company. It has certainly since been reconveyed to the Crown, but I do not think that I can make formal grants of land.
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I have the honor to be,
My Lord Duke,
Your Grace's most obedient
humble Servant
Frederick Seymour
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Sir F. Rogers
I think Govr Seymours doubt unfounded & that he has clearly the power to make grants of land in V. Island.
He had power by his Commission to sell land in B. Columbia, & the Act uniting V. Island with B. Columbia (29 & 30 V. c. 67) gives him the same power in V. Island as he had in B. Columbia. There is nothing in the Deed of Reconveyance to affect the question. So inform him.
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I agree.
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Draft reply, Buckingham to Seymour, No. 104, 4 December 1868.
Seymour, Frederick to Grenville, Richard 7 September 1868, CO 60:33, no. 12768, 411. 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.

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