No 12
1426 North America

Hudson's Bay House
July 20. 1848.
My Lord
To Parlt
With reference to Your Lordship's communication made to me through Mr Merival under the date of the 13th March last, and to the various interviews with which you have favoured me since that time, I have the honour to transmit to you herewith, for Your Lordship's approval, the draft of the Grant of Vancouver's
Vide Letter to Sir J Pelly 31 July / 48.—
Island to the Hudson's Bay Company in the form in which it has been settled under your directions by Mr Merival and the Company's Solicitors.
I have the honour to be
My Lord
Your Mo: Obedt Servant
JH Pelly

The Right Honourable
The Earl Grey
Secretary of State
& & &
Minutes by CO staff
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ABd 24/7./48
Mr Hawes
This is the grant of Vancouver's Island. Its provisions have been already considered. If now finally approved of, it will remain to draw the necessary Commission & Charter
HM July 24

Put by.
G. 26/
Other documents included in the file
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Draft, Colonial Office to Pelly, 31 July 1848, advising that Grey has approved the grant, and "with reference to the probable circumstances of the future Settlement, the best course which suggests itself is, to confer on the Emigrants the same powers of local self-government which it was usual to grant to the settlers in new colonies, in the earlier days of our Colonial history," and asking for his opinion "as to the person who may most properly be recommended to H.M. for the office of Gov" of the proposed settlement. The grant contains extensive minutes and revisions.
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Draft, Grey to the Lord President of the Council, 2 September 1848, forwarding the draft grant for the consideration of the Lords of the Committee of Council.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Draft charter, "Her Majesty Queen Victoria to The Governor & Compy of Adventurers of England trading into Hudsons Bay. Grant of Territory in North America," prepared by Crowder & Maynard, no date.