No. 18
21st February 1870
My Lord,
I have had the honor to receive Your Lordship's Despatch of the 31st December, No 113 in which you express your wish that I should use my own judgment respecting the mode and time of bringing the question of Union withCanadaManuscript image Canada before my Council, and that I should not consider myself bound to bring forward any formal proposal unless I think that by so doing I shall promote the acceptance of the Union.
2. My Despatch No 17 of this date transmitting the Message with which I opened the Legislative Session will have acquainted Your Lordship that I have already brought the question forward;andManuscript image and will have shewn the mode in which I have done so.
3. I now have the honor to forward Copies of the Resolution which it is proposed to pass embodying the terms on which this Colony would be willing to join the Dominion, and I also enclose a Copy of the Despatch in which I have transmitted the same papers to Sir John Young.
4. There is but little that I could at present addwithManuscript image with advantage to the observations which I have made in that Despatch. It now remains to be ascertained to what extent the Government of Canada can fulfil the expectations of this Colony.
5. As I had anticipated, some of the most prominent agitators for Confederation are greatly dissatisfied that "Responsible Government" forms no part of theproposalsManuscript image proposals which I have brought forward; but on the other hand an important section of the Community having much larger interest at stake in its welfare, I have reason to believe are pleased that so great a change in the form of the local Government is not regarded as expedient; and are much reassured by finding that there is no desire to force Confederation upon theCommunityManuscript image Community without time being afforded for consideration.
6. I am sure that the course which has been adopted will not hinder assent to Union, and indeed I have confidence that it will be promoted by putting the proposal before the Community in an intelligible form, and not as a party question.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
A. Musgrave
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Sir F. Rogers
I conclude there is nothing to be done but to wait & see what is the result of the communication with the Govt of Canada.
But acknowledge?
CC 1/4
FR 2/4
WM 4/4
G 6/4
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Mr Dealtry
You will like to read the accompanying desph fr. B. Columbia.
EB 20.4.70
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Mr Blake
Thank you.
WD 20/4
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See subsequent Govr 32, 4924 April 5, 1870.
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Musgrave to Sir John Young, 20 February 1870, forwarding copies of his message opening the Legislative session and the resolution to be introduced "embodying the terms on which it is recommended that this Colony should propose to join the Dominion of Canada," with further discussion.
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Resolution, no date, "Proposed Terms of Confederation with the Dominion of Canada" (four printed pages).
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Draft reply, Rogers (for Granville) to Musgrave, No. 39, 8 April 1870.
Musgrave, Anthony to Leveson-Gower, Granville George 21 February 1870, CO 60:38, no. 3410, 152. 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. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/B70018.html.

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