2148 — Vancors old

My Dear Sir
I have the honour to acknowledge the rect of yours of yesterday with a Copy of the Grant as now printed in Draft. I have no objection to the words in Red Ink being added
I send herewith a rough draft of what is proposed to be issued to the Public by the Directors of the Hudsons Bay Company as soon as they officially receive the Grant of Vancouvers Island —
The Resolutions have not been finally settled and I send them to you for Lord Greys Information & to knowManuscript image whether he sees any objection to them or wishes any alteration made
Perhaps Lord Grey may think the HBC take too much on themselves in refering to the Government of the Colony but the Purchasers of the Land from them should be informed in some way how they are to be governed at First and that ultimately there will be a representative Assembly which with the concurrence of the legislative Council and the Assent of the Crown will have the power to make such modifications of the constitution as the Interests of the colonists may appear to require
And I have thought that as the Grant of the Island is made to the Company without any conditionsManuscript image than those of revoking the Grant at the End of 5 Years or of reentering at the Expiration of the Grant of exclusive Trade Should resolve and make the Government a condition on which the Sale of Land would be made & which I think would be a certain relief to the Colonial Department
At the same time I am quite ready to consider any other view Lord Grey may have on the subject and am—
My Dear Sir
Yours truly
J.H. Pelly
H B He
Nov 18/48

H Merivale Esqr
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Hawes
See marginal notes
G. 21/
Put by: these "resolutions" have been since altered in consequence of verbal communication.
HM D/2
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Draft resolutions by the Hudson's Bay Company related to royalties and fishing rights in Vancouver Island, no date, extensively revised and notated.
  1. No signature given. It is likely Blackwood's minute entry.
People in this document

Blackwood, Arthur Johnstone

Grey, Henry George

Hawes, Benjamin

Merivale, Herman

Pelly, John Henry

Organizations in this document

Hudson's Bay Company

Places in this document

Vancouver Island