Helps to Under-Secretary of State
Council Office, Whitehall
22nd May 1871
I am directed by the Lord President of the Council to transmit to you the enclosed Order of Her Majesty in Council of the 16th instant, for uniting the Colony of British Columbia to the Dominion of Canada; and I am to request that you will be pleased to lay the same before the Secretary of State for the Colonial Department.
I am,
Your most obedient Servant
Arthur Helps
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Holland
Lord Kimberley will consider no doubt whether he wishes to take this opportunity of saying anything as regards the question of Union itself, to Lord Lisgar & also to Mr Musgrave.
CC 23/5
I have asked Mr Harrison to let us have another formal order signed by Mr Helps & with the Seal. One should be sent to Canada one to B. Columbia.
I have got another copy.
? Say to Mr Musgrave that HM Govt are fully sensible of the energy with which he & the officers of his Government have labored to effect a Union by which, as HM Govt confidently anticipate the resources & prosperity of the Colony will be materially increased.
And to Lord Lisgar express the satisfaction of HM Govt that the Union has been thus completed.
HTH 23/5
RGWH May 23/71
EHKH 25/5/71
Yes. Send drafts to me.
K May 25/71
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Printed copy of Order in Council, 16 May 1871, as per despatch.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Kimberley to Musgrave, No. 52, 27 May 1871.
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Draft reply, Kimberley to Lisgar, Canada, No. 430, 27 May 1871.
Helps, Arthur to Knatchbull-Hugessen, Edward Hugessen 22 May 1871, CO 60:44, no. 4953, 222. 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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