No. 20
30th June 1857
1. I have the honor of transmitting herewith, copies of my correspondence with the House of Assembly, from the 7th of April, to the 8th of June last.
2. Those papers contain nothing of much importance respecting the Colony. The House has uniformly opposed the imposition of taxes, under any form.
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2 [3]. An Act to enfranchise the Town of Victoria" was read a third time, and passed the Assembly on the 1st of the present month, and will be brought before the Council, at an early day.
I have the honor to be Sir
Your most obedient humble Servant
James Douglas

The Right Honble Henry Labouchere Esqre
Her Majesty's principal Secretary of State
For the Colonial Department.
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
The Ho: of Assembly say P. 22 that before they can consent to impose taxes the entire Revenue of VanCouver Island ought to be transferred to their control. They do not refuse to tax.
These early proceedings of the Assembly are worth looking over, although they contain no very important facts.
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Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Correspondence between Douglas and the House of Assembly, 7 April to 8 June 1857, regarding the administration of Vancouver Island, with particular emphasis on the financial status of the colony.