No. 23
10th March 1871
My Lord,
I have the honor to forward to Your Lordship the usual printed copies of an Act passed by the Legislative Council entitled— An Act to encouragetheManuscript image the introduction into British Columbia of Thomson's Patent Road Steamers and I enclose a Report from the Attorney General.
2. I see no objection to this measure; which affords but very limited favor and protection to the projectors of a spirited and expensiveenterpriseManuscript image enterprise, that if successful, will be most beneficial to the whole community in lessening the cost of transport and cheapening supplies of all kinds to the mining Camps and residents in the interior of the Colony.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord,
Your most obedient
Humble Servant
A. Musgrave
Minutes by CO staff
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Act to encourage the introduction of Traction Road Engines into B. Columbia.
I have nothing to add to the AG's report upon this Act. I can quite understand that this kind of legislation may be necessary in a Colony at certain times. Unless some privilege is granted to the person introducing a new engine of this kind it may well be that that introduction would never take place. If protection had been given for a longer time, a maximum of rate should have been fixed.
HTH 5/4
EHKH 6/4/71
K Ap: 9/71
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
Three printed copies of act not on microfilm.
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George Phillippo, Attorney General, to Musgrave, 7 March 1871, reporting on the act as per despatch.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Kimberley to Musgrave, No. 26, 11 April 1871.
Musgrave, Anthony to Wodehouse, John 10 March 1871, CO 60:43, no. 3288, 234. 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.

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