Murdoch to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
29th May 1869
I have to acknowledge your letter of 22nd inst with a despatch from the Governor of B. Columbia enclosing an Ordinance passed by the Legislature during their last session entitled "An Ordinance respecting Preemption claims."
2. In the report from the Surveyor General of British Columbia enclosed in the Governor's despatch of 22nd August last it was stated that since 1865 numerous appliManuscript imagecations had been received for the survey of preempted lands in the old Colony of B. Columbia with a view to the completion of the purchase, but that after the survey had been performed only a small proportion of the applicants paid for the land and took out their grants. The present Ordinance is passed to meet this inconvenience. With this view it enacts that the purchase money on preemption claims, or the unpaid balance, shall be deemed to be due from the date of the service of an application, signed by the Commissioner of Works and Surveyor General, notifying theManuscript image completion of the survey, and calling for payment. It does not however provide any summary mode for enforcing the debt, and leaves the Government therefore no other means of doing so than by the ordinary course of proceedings at Law. It would, I think, have been advisable to take the opportunity of this Ordinance to provide a less dilatory and expensive mode of enforcing payment. There may be reasons against doing so of which we are not aware, but Earl Granville may perhaps think it right to obtain an explanation on theManuscript image subject from the Governor before pronouncing any decision on the Ordinance.
I have the honor to be
Your obedient
Humble Servant
T.W.C. Murdoch
Minutes by CO staff
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CC 31/5
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Sir F. Rogers
I should sanction the Ordinance but send out a copy of the Land Board report for consideration. The Ordinance appears to be good as far as it goes though possibly the working of it may be rendered more effectual by further legislation.
HTH 1.6.69
FR 1/6
WM 2/6
G 24/6
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Draft reply, Granville to Officer Administering the Government, No. 63, 28 June 1869.
Murdoch, Thomas William Clinton to Rogers, Frederic 29 May 1869, CO 60:37, no. 6144, 247. 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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