No. 52
27 May 1871
With reference to my Despatch No 19 of the 11 of March I have the honor to transmit from Her Majesty an Order in Council dated 16th May uniting British Columbia to the Dominion of Canada in accordance with the AddressespassedManuscript image passed by the Legislatures of the two Colonies.
I caused the 20th of July to be fixed for this Union, the day agreed upon by Lord Lisgar and yourself.
It gives me much satisfaction to express to you how fully sensible Her Majesty's Government are of the energy zeal and ability with which you and the Officers of your government have laboured to effect this Union, which it is confidently anticipatedwillManuscript image will confer important and lasting benefits in British Columbia and by the consolidation of Her Majesty's possessions in North America will greatly promote their progress in the career of prosperity of which they seem destined by their natural resources.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient
humble servant
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
Order in Council, 16 May 1871, joining British Columbia with Canada.
Wodehouse, John to Musgrave, Anthony 27 May 1871, NAC RG7:G8C/18, 125. 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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