Downing Street
23 October 1850
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch N 3 of the 15th June containing a Report up to that Date of the state of the settlement under your care.
I have reason to know that it is a subject of much regret to the Hudson's Bay Company that the colonization of Vancouver's Island has not been attended with the success at first anticipated from that enterprize. The attractions of California have probably contributed with other causes to draw Emigrants away from Vancouver's Island; but it is to be hoped that this EmigrationManuscript image will eventually be beneficial to Vancouver's Island in creating a demand for its productions and consequently making it a desirable place for settlers. I observe that you have fallen into a mistake with regard to the Puget Sound Agricultural Company. That Company though its shares are held by persons more or less connected with the Hudson's Bay Company, is a distinct and separate association, having a Capital of its own and possessing Rights which are recognized by the Treaty of 1846 between Great Britain and the United States.
I have the honor to be Sir,
Your most Obedient Servant

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Blanshard, Richard

Grey, Henry George

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Hudson's Bay Company

Puget Sound Agricultural Company

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Vancouver Island