1771 VanCouvers Island.
recd 11 Sepr 1848.

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Hudson's Bay House
September 9. 1848
My Lord
I have to acknowledge the receipt of Mr Secretary Hawes's letter of the 4th Instant, stating that it is your Lordships opinion that there should be introduced into the Grant a formal condition that the Hudson's Bay Company will be prepared to sell land to persons desiring to settle on Vancouver's Island on reasonable
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terms, and that the whole price received for the land so disposed of by them together with any receipts on account of coals or other minerals should, after making a fair deduction for profit to the Company, be applied in the colonization of Vancouver's Island,Manuscript image and that Your Lordship would suggest (as you did when I had the honour of an interview with your Lordship a few days ago) that a deduction of 10 p cent from the gross amount received for land and minerals might be regarded as affording a fair remuneration to the Company, and further, that a stipulation to that effect should be inserted in the Grant.
At the interview to which I have already alluded, Your Lordship did not, as I understood you, consider that an express stipulation to the above effect in the grant would be necessary, but that a written acknowledgement of the understanding would be deemed sufficient. At the same time I beg to assure your Lordship that I have no objection to the introduction of the condition into the Grant. I request however that you will send me a draught of the condition for my consideration and approval.
I have the honour to acquaint your Lordship that on Wednesday last I laid before a General Court the correspondence on the Grant printed by order of the House of Commons,Manuscript image and mentioned the additional condition and that the Court unanimously adopted the following resolution: "That upon the formal execution of the Grant, a copy of which has now been read to the Court the Governor and Committee be authorised to accept the same and to make sub-grants on such terms and conditions as they think fit." I therefore now only wait till I receive the Grant to commence operations.
I have the honour to be
My Lord
Your Lordships obedient servant
JH Pelly
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
I presume that a copy of this Letter should be sent to the Board of Trade; the preceding portion of the correspondence having been sent there. I annex the whole of that correspondence up to this date.
ABd 11 Sepr
Lord Grey
I received this from your Lordship this morning: & have given directions to have it copied & sent to the Commrs of Bd of Tr.
HM 11 S.
G. 12
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1 Draft, Hawes to Grey, 4 September 1848, proposing terms respecting the commission the Hudson's Bay Company might charge for the sale of lands and minerals in Vancouver Island.
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Blackwood
I think this should be communicated to the Bd of Trade Committee.
  1. Note that this is not a reply to Pelly, but rather, the letter to which Pelly is responds in his of 9 September.
  2. Author unknown.
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People in this document

Blackwood, Arthur Johnstone

Grey, George

Grey, Henry George

Hawes, Benjamin

Merivale, Herman

Pelly, John Henry

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Board of Trade

Hudson's Bay Company

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Vancouver Island