7th March 1870
My Lord,
I have the honor to acknowledge Your Lordship's Confidential Despatch of the 3rd February with its enclosures respecting a Memorial said to have been signed by a number of residents in Victoria, andaddressedManuscript image addressed to the President of the United States with a view to his endeavouring to induce Her Majesty's Government to consent to the transfer of this Colony to the United States.
2. I transmit to Your Lordship copies of Despatches which have been recently interchanged by Mr Thornton and myself with reference to this subject. My reply to him contains all that really needbeManuscript image be said upon a matter, which I believe to be of no importance.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
A. Musgrave
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Herbert
Mr Musgraves communication to Mr Thornton is very satisfactory. Send a copy Confidentially to the F.O. for information & with reference to the previous correspondence.
WR 13.4.70
RGWH Ap 14/70
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Put by.
FR 14/4
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At once.
WM 15/4
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Edward Thornton, Washington, to Musgrave, 12 January 1870, forwarding copy of a resolution submitted to the U.S. Senate as a result of a petition presented earlier to the President on behalf of 43 British Columbia residents.
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Musgrave to Thornton, 23 February 1870, advising that the petition in question had been signed by foreign residents of little standing or influence in the colony and was therefore not being taken seriously.