No. 34
12 August 1859
I have the honor of transmitting herewith for the information of Her Majesty's Government, the copy of a Message which I addressed to the Legislative Council and House of Assembly of Vancouvers Island on the 3rd day of August instant andManuscript imageand of an Address in reply which I have just received from the House of Assembly, respecting the late occupation of San Juan by a Detachment of United States Troops.
2. I beg to call your attention to the recommendation of the House of Assembly, that greater encouragment should be given to emigrants from the United Kingdom than is now possible under the existing law regulating the Sale price of public land in Vancouvers Island, in order toManuscript imageto insure the rapid settlement of the Country with a British population; a suggestion which I conceive worthy of our most serious attention.
I have etc.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Printed message, Douglas to Legislative Council and House of Assembly, 3 August 1859, informing them of the state of affairs on San Juan and transmitting pertinent documents.
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Copy of the orders issued by Captain Pickett on 27 July 1859, signed by J.W. Forsyth, 2nd Lieutenant, 9th Infantry.
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Notice dated 1 August 1859 signed by Henry R. Crosbie, Justice of the Peace, Whatcom County, certifying that William Smith and Isaac E. Higgins had been appointed as constables on San Juan.
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W.L. Marcy, U.S. Secretary of State, to J.F. Crampton, British Minister at Washington, 17 July 1855, transmitting extract of letter to I.I. Stevens, Governor of Washington Territory.
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Marcy to Stevens, 14 July 1855, outlining the conciliatory attitude to be adopted in respect to the disputed island.
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House of Assembly to Douglas, 12 August 1859, responding to his message of 3 August and inquiring why British forces were not subsequently landed "to assert our just right to the Island."
Douglas, James to Lytton, Edward George Earle Bulwer 12 August 1859, CO 305:11, no. 9710, 77. 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/V59034.html.

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