No. 48
20th April 1871
My Lord,
I have had the honor to receive Your Lordship's Circular Despatch of the 20th February on the subject of the Penal Code now in preparation for the Colony of Jamaica,withManuscript image with the intention that it should be subsequently adapted to the circumstances of each of the other Crown Colonies respectively, and of such other Colonies not being Crown Colonies as may desire to avail themselves of it, and that it should be submitted to their respective Legislatures forconsiderationManuscript image consideration with a view to its enactment.
2. As British Columbia is now about to be united to the Dominion of Canada, and by the operation of the 91st section of the British North American Act 1867 the Criminal Law, including the procedure in CriminalmattersManuscript image matters, is among the subjects reserved to the exclusive authority of the Parliament of Canada, it appears to me that the expediency of adopting the proposed Code and providing for the cost of preparation, is not a question that fallswithinManuscript image within the province of the local Legislature.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord,
Your most obedient
Humble Servant
A. Musgrave
Minutes by CO staff
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CC 25/5
Mr Meade
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WR 26/5/71
RM 26/5
K May 26/71
Musgrave, Anthony to Wodehouse, John 20 April 1871, CO 60:43, no. 5087, 465. 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/B71048.html.

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