Dundas to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
24, Hanover Square
12th May 1868
I beg to forward for the further Consideration of the Duke of Buckingham, additional Papers in reference to the Application for a Grant of Land at Victoria, for Church Purposes by Members of the Church of Scotland in that Colony.
You will oblige me by bringing the Subject under his Grace's noticeManuscript image at an early date.
I am Sir
Yours very truly
Fredk Dundas
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
See minutes on Land Bd 10805—on the claim of the Church of Scotland to a grant of Land in Vancouvers Island to put them on an equality with the Church of England who had recd one.
In reply they were informed the latter was made by the Hudson's Bay Company,Manuscript image & that the Crown did not make such Grants.
They now reply that the Grant was made after the 3rd Feb 1862 when the Crown resumed the Lands of the Company, including that part subsequently granted to the Ch. of E. & that that Grant tho' made in 1864 by the Company was made on the part of the Crown—but it would appear that the Grant was merely to complete an agreement made by the Company before 1862Manuscript image to give this Land.
CC 13 May
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Answer to the above effect, viz that the Hudson B.C. before V.C.I. was resumed by the Crown had come or was considered to have come under an obligation to grant certain lands to the Church of E.—and that the Crown permitted or directed the Compy to fulfil their obligation just as it wd have permitted or directed the Company to fulfil any other obligation, binding on its lands, to any other person or body of persons—that if no such obligation had existed in favour of the Ch. of E, the Crown would not have sanctioned such a grant of land to the Ch of E, and as no such obligation exists in favour of the Ch of Scotland HG does not considerManuscript image the Crown at liberty to direct such a grant to be made to the Church of Scotland.
FR 14/5
CBA 16/5
B&C 20/5
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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R. Wallace, Chairman, St. Andrew's Church, to Dundas, arguing that the Church of Scotland should receive a grant of land equal to the one made by the Hudson's Bay Company to the Church of England, since that grant had been made at the direction of the Crown.
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W.A.G. Young, Colonial Secretary, to [?], 15 July 1862, forwarding sketch maps relating to the reconveyance of Hudson's Bay Company lands to the Crown.
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Copy of deed dated 3 February 1868 "in respect of Certain Lands & Premises in Victoria District assigned by The Hudsons Bay Coy to Her Majesty the Queen and confirming Sales by said Compy previous to Jany lst A.D. 1862."
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Copy of deed dated 6 May 1864 conveying grant of land to Church of England from Hudson's Bay Company.
Other documents included in the file
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Adderley to Dundas, 27 May 1868, explaining why the Crown would not grant land to the Church of Scotland.
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Draft reply, Buckingham to Seymour, No. 31, 27 May 1868 transmitting correspondence between Dundas and the Colonial Office regarding the Church of Scotland’s application for a grant of land in British Columbia.