No. 30
24th March 1871
My Lord,
I have had the honor to receive Your Lordship's Circular Despatch instructing me to endeavour to obtain from the Legislature the necessary legal authority, if it does not alreadyexistManuscript image exist, to prohibit the Export of Arms from this Colony when occasion may require.
2. In the case of British Columbia, there are no very near neighbours likely to be affected by the temporary absence of such a provision. It is almost certain that the Colony will in a very short time be united to the Dominion ofCanadaManuscript image Canada, and the matter seems under the provisions of the British North American Act, 1867 to lie rather within the scope of Dominion than Provincial legislation. It is advisable that the Law in this respect should be made uniform in all the provinces by central authority. And under these circumstances I have thought that Your Lordship would regarditManuscript image it expedient to postpone legislation until this Colony is admitted into Union with Canada.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord,
Your most obedient
Humble Servant
A. Musgrave
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Mr Holland
Write— Sir
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your despatch No 30 of the 24 March in which you express an opinion that it will be expedient to postpone legislation in regard to the prohibition of the export of Arms from the Colony, until after BC shall have been admitted into union with the Dominion of Canada.
In reply I have to inform you that I concur in that opinion.
I have etc.
WR 27/4
I agree.
HTH 27/4
K Ap 29/71
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Draft reply, Kimberley to Musgrave, No. 33, 29 April 1871 (as noted above).