No. 12
10 February 1871
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch of the 16th December last, No. 162 with reference to the issue of grants to certain persons who purchased land in V.I. prior to the transfer of the Island to the Crown.
I transmit to you,forManuscript image for your information a copy of a Report from the Migration Commissioners whom I caused a copy of your Despatch to be referred.
I concur in opinion with Sir Clinton Murdock that the titles to the lands should be issued direct from the H.B.Co. and that if any difficulties should be experienced by the Co. in completing the contracts a short special Ordinance should be passed to remove them and to bring the transactions within the scope of Ordinance No. 4 of 1870.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient humble servant
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)

Sir T.W.C. Murdock, Emigration Board, to Sir Frederick Rogers, 3 February 1871, regarding land held by the Hudson's Bay Company in Victoria.