No. 51
25 May 1871
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch No. 12 dated 16th February enclosing copies of correspondence between yourself and the Governor General of Canada respecting an alteration proposed by your Council in the Customs TariffofManuscript image of British Columbia I have also received your further Despatch No. 21 of the 9th March enclosing a copy of an Act 9 of 1871 to repeal the Customs Amendment Ordinance No. 70 copies of the correspondence which has passed on the subject have also been forwarded to me by Lord Lisgar.
I much regret that I have been unable to advise Her Majesty to Assent to this Act which is in itself quite inobjectionable but as the proposed reduction of dutywasManuscript image was not provided for in the Address of the Union of British Columbia with the Dominion of Canada it appeared to me it was not competent of Her Majesty of the powers vested in Her by the British North American Act 1867 to provide for such reduction in the Order in Council uniting those Colonies.
I have transmitted to you Lord Lisgar's copy of this Despatch.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient
humble servant
Wodehouse, John to Musgrave, Anthony 25 May 1871, NAC RG7:G8C/18, 122. 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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