No. 139
19th October 1870
My Lord,
I have hitherto deferred any special acknowledgment of Your Lordship's Despatch No 4 of the 11th July, on the subject of the suspension of Mr Thomas Basil Humphreys from his seat in the present Legislative Council, until I should receive Your Lordship's instructions with reference totheManuscript image the change in the constitution of that body which I had recommended early in the Year.
2. I should have no opportunity of laying your Despatch before them until the usual period of Session in the Winter. Under the authority recently received in your Despatches Nos 11 and 12, of 22nd August Writs have now already been issued for an Election. The present Council will be dissolved so soon asthoseManuscript image those Writs shall have been returned. The new Council will of course have no cognizance of the proceedings of the former body in respect of this matter, and it will not therefore be possible to refer the case of Mr Humphreys for their reconsideration.
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
You will remember the case of Mr Humphreys, who was suspended from the exercise of his office as Leg: Councillor in B. Columbia for language held by the Council to be insulting. As writs have been issued for a new Council, which can take no cognizance of the Acts of the former one, there remains no Council to reconsider the suspension of Mr Humphreys.
I suppose the case falls through. Simply acknowledge receipt?
RSM 23/11/70
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Yes. A very good termination of the affair.
RGWH Nov 23/70
WM 24/11
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Excellent.
K Nov 26/70
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Kimberley to Musgrave, No. 35, 30 November 1870.
Musgrave, Anthony to Wodehouse, John 19 October 1870, CO 60:41, no. 12326, 165. 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/B70139.html.

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