No. 68
12th July 1871
My Lord,
I have the honor to acknowledge Your Lordship's Despatch No 52, of the 27th May transmitting the Order of Her Majesty in Council dated the 16th May forunitingManuscript image uniting British Columbia to the Dominion of Canada in accordance with the Addresses passed by the Legislatures of the two Colonies.
2. This final completion of the negotiations for Union has been received with gratification by all parties in the Community. I have given due publicitytoManuscript image to the Order in Council, and have proclaimed the 20th of July to be observed as a Public Holiday in honor of the occasion. On that day this Province will quickly become a part of the Dominion, and so far as the future can be foreseen, there is now no reason to apprehend any reaction of public feeling adverse to the Union, oranyManuscript image any difficulty in arrangement of the several Departments of public business. I enclose copies of the Government Gazette containing the Order in Council declaring the Union, as well as that confirming the Constitution Act, and my Proclamation fixing the 19th day of July as the date on which that measure shall come intooperationManuscript image operation and take effect.
3. It is a matter of natural gratification to me that I have been able successfully to carry out the Policy of Her Majesty's government to Your Lordship's satisfaction; especially as the arrangements which have been effected after much difficult and delicate negotiation haveobtainedManuscript image obtained the commendation of Lord Lisgar on behalf of the Government of Canada, and are received with willing assent by the whole of this Community, even including the Official body who were most likely to be injuriously affected by political changes.
4. The Canadian Minister of Customs hasalreadyManuscript image already communicated with me on the subject of the transfer of the Customs Department. Arrangements have been completed for payment of the floating Public Debt by the Canadian authorities through the Bank of British Columbia on the 15th instant, notice having been given at my instance to the Debenture holders.OtherManuscript image Other minor business is in train.
5. I have been acquainted with the appointment of Mr Joseph Trutch as Lieutenant Governor by the Government of the Dominion, and that he will be at San Francisco on his way to Victoria at the end of this Month. No advantage thereforewillManuscript image will be derived by my now remaining in the Colony, and in accordance with the authority conveyed to me in Your Lordship's Despatch, No 34, of the 2nd May, I intend to leave Victoria on the 25th instant in Her Majesty's Ship "Sparrowhawk", which Admiral Farquhar has kindly placed at my disposal for the purpose.AtManuscript image At San Francisco I shall meet Mr Trutch, and he will obtain a passage to Victoria in the same Vessel on her return.
6. I cannot conclude this almost my last Despatch from this government without expressing to Your Lordship my grateful appreciation of the approval which since my assumption of this government has beenuniformlyManuscript image uniformly accorded to the recommendations which from time to time I have found it my duty to make. The success of the measures which I have adopted, or advocated, has been their justification. But, that success is mainly due to the support and confidence afforded to me by Your Lordship.
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
Governor Musgrave reports that he has given due publicity to the order in Council for uniting British Columbia to the Dominion of Canada. The completion of the negociations has been received with gratification by all parties in the Community & Mr Musgrave considers that there is no reason to apprehend any reaction of public feeling or any departmental difficulty as regards theManuscript image transaction of the public business.
WD 10/8
He was to leave the Colony on the 25th July. See minutes on 7156. This appears to be the opportunity for complimenting him on the ability & success with wh he has administered.
RGWH Aug 10/71
EHKH 11/8/71
Yes: he well deserves it.
K Aug 11/71
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Government Gazette Extraordinary, 27 June 1871, containing the Order in Council declaring the union, and other information as per despatch.
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Draft reply, Kimberley to Lisgar, Canada, No. 485, 18 August 1871.
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Herbert
You may like to add to this paragraph.
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Holland to Secretary to the Post Office, 20 October 1871, advising that "the Colony of British Columbia became part of the Dominion of Canada on the 20 July last."
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Holland
The Post office would be glad to be informed officially of the date at which B. Columbia entered the Union.
Musgrave, Anthony to Wodehouse, John 12 July 1871, CO 60:44, no. 7891, 140. 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/B71068.html.

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