No. 10
30 March 1859
1. I have the honor of transmitting herewith for your information the several Returns herein referred to, which have been lately received from Mr Anderson Her Majesty's Collector of the Customs at Victoria, relative to the trade of this Port, for the quarter ending with the 31st day ofManuscript imageof December last.
2. I beg to explain with reference to those returns that Victoria still continues to be the Port of Entry for British Columbia, there being as yet no Custom House in Fraser's River and that Mr Anderson has hitherto acted as Collector of the Customs for that Colony, as well as for Vancouver's Island, and will continue to attend to those duties, until Mr Hamley's arrival in this country, a circumstance which will account for the collective Returns herewith forwarded.
3. The following are the resultsManuscript imageresults shewn by those Returns.


Imports for quarter ending
with the 31st of December last . . . . . . £82.220.10.6

Number of vessels Inwards
British . . . . . 53
Foreign . . . . . 137
and Outwards
British . . . . . 62
Foreign . . . . . 140

Receipts of shipping Fees
on account of Vancouver's Island . . . £ 609. 0.11
Receipts of Custom's duties
on account of British Columbia . . . . £ 3317.12.9
The total Receipts of Customs from
the 28th of August last when the
Customs duty was first imposed
including the preceding amount . . . . £ 4350. 2.6
Imports into British Columbia
for the same period . . . . . . . . . £44.806. 4.9
Expenses of Customs Establishments
at Victoria for the same period . . . 442. 2.7 1/2

Manuscript image 4. Those returns shew a large decrease of trade as compared with the preceding quarter, but it is probable that there will be a revival of business as spring advances.
5. Several cargoes of British goods direct from the Port of London, have I am happy to say arrived here since the beginning of the present month. Much importance is attached to the increase of that trade, which will be alike desirable for the Mother Country, and for the Colonies.
I have etc.
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
Copy for the infn of the Bd of Trade?
ABd 28/May
HM My 31
C June 1
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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"Return of Duties collected at Victoria Vancouvers Island on account of British Columbia from 28 Augt to 31st Decr 1858."
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"Return of Duties collected at Victoria Vancouvers Island on account of British Columbia, for the Quarter ending Decr 31st 1858."
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"Imports into the Colony of British Columbia for the quarter ending 31st December 1858."
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"Imports into the Port of Victoria Vancouver's Island from October 1st to December 31st 1858, inclusive."
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"Return of Vessels cleared from the Port of Victoria, Vancouvers Island for the Quarter ending 31st December 1858."
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"Return of Vessels entered the Port of Victoria, Vancouvers Island for the Quarter ending December 31st 1858."
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"Abstract of Receipts of Customs Department for the Quarter ending 31st [December] 1858."
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"Abstract of Expenses of the Customs Department for the Quarter ending 31st December 1858."
Other documents included in the file
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Draft, Merivale to J. Booth, Board of Trade, 8 June 1859, forwarding copy of the despatch and enclosures.
Douglas, James to Lytton, Edward George Earle Bulwer 30 March 1859, CO 305:10, no. 5452, 80. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/V59010.html.

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