No. 24
2nd March 1869
My Lord,
I have the honor to forward the Blue Book of this Colony for the Year 1867, together with a report from the Acting Colonial Secretary.
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2. The United Colony is of such vast extent and presents so many peculiar features that I feel I had better postpone to another opportunity a general consideration of its resources and position.
3. From the Copy of the Addresses interchanged between the Council and myself at the commencement of the present Legislative Session, which I beg leavetoManuscript image to lay before Your Lordship, you will see that there is but little fear for the future existing among the people.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord,
Your Grace's most obedient
humble Servant
Frederick Seymour
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Sandford
To Mr Joseph for Parliament is usual course.
I should be inclined to omit the Speech & the Address—you will remember Govr Seymour was somewhat taken to task for the Speech—see [blank]. (It is out at this Moment).
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Mr Monsell
I shd omit the Speech & address.


Population (White) of B. Columbia & Vancouvers Island.
1865 = 12,000
1867 = 10,000

Cost of Civil Government
1865 Before Union
Government of B.C. = £37,165 £108,380
         V.I. = 24,308 £ 33,052
1867 After Union
Civil Government = £30,300 £ 54,830
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Estimated export of Gold from V. Island.
1865 = £579,000
—-6 = £600,000
—-7 = £700,000 & as there are 3000 Miners this gives £233 per man.
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WM 27/4
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Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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W.A.G. Young, Colonial Secretary, to Seymour, 20 November 1868, forwarding the Blue Book for 1867, with comments and explanations.
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Government Gazette Extraordinary, 17 December 1868, containing copy of Seymour's speech at the opening of the Legislative Council.
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Newspaper clipping, unnamed, no date, containing copy of the Council's reply to the speech as noted above, and the governor's rejoinder, both dated 21 December 1868.