No. 162
16th December 1870
My Lord,
I have the honor to forward for Your Lordship's consideration a Duplicate Copy of a Letter from the Attorney General, representing the difficulty which is experienced with respect to the issue of valid Crown Grants in a number of cases where personshadManuscript image had purchased land in Vancouver Island from the Hudson's Bay Company prior to the revocation by the Crown of the Grant to them, and had not completed the payment of the purchase money at that time, and have since paid the remaining instalments to the local Government.
2. The Attorney General suggests that the Hudson'sBayManuscript image Bay Company may be asked to transfer to the Crown the outstanding legal estate in all lands sold by them for Colonization purposes in the Victoria District of the Island where no Title has been given by the Company; in order that valid and effectual Crown Grants may be given to the purchasers.
3. Mr Phillippo has fully explained the reasonsforManuscript image for regarding this course as necessary, and I need not trouble Your Lordship with further observations on the subject.
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
Refer to the L & E Comrs. L[edger] F[olio].
CC 23/1
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At once.
RGWH Jan 26/71
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Answd by E.C. 1309 Feb 3. 1871.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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George Phillippo, Attorney General, to Musgrave, 12 December 1870, explaining the problem of giving valid Crown Grants to colonists who purchased land from the Hudson's Bay Company as per despatch.