No. 72
17th May 1870
My Lord,
Referring to Your Lordship's Circular Despatch of the 14th September last I have the honor to forward a Sketch of the Badge which it is proposed to adopt in this Colony, to be emblazoned in the centre of the Flag to be flown by the Governor—in accordance withtheManuscript image the Order in Council made at the instance of the Admiralty. The badge is the Crest of the Royal Arms, a Lion on the Crown. I must however observe that the utility of the change proposed appears to be doubtful. The Flag hitherto authorized for use by the Governor on ship-board or in boats is a White Flag with a Crown, or Arms of the Colony, in the centre, and was known to be personal to the Governor; and could not be mistaken for an Admiral's Flag. But the UnionJackManuscript image Jack has always been flown at Government House, at Public Buildings, and Forts in every Colony in which I have resided, as the National Ensign. Is it now to be understood that the plain Union Jack is no longer to be so used? If so the Nation will be without a common National Ensign. The Navy fly one Ensign, the Naval Reserve another, the Merchant Shipping a third. While there will be as many varieties of the Union Jack as there are Colonial DependenciesandManuscript image and Departments in Her Majesty's service.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
A. Musgrave
Minutes by CO staff
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CC 25/6
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Sir F. Rogers
Refer to Admy?
AWLH 25/6
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At once.
FR 25/6
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Rogers to Secretary to the Admiralty, 28 June 1870, forwarding copy of the despatch for consideration.
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Draft reply, Kimberley to Musgrave, No. 27, 10 October 1870.
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Sir F. Rogers
This point raised by Mr Musgrave in his despatch does not appear to have been noticed yet.
WR 8 Oct
Musgrave, Anthony to Leveson-Gower, Granville George 17 May 1870, CO 60:38, no. 6781, 505. 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/B70072.html.

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