No. 63
17 December 1859
I have the honor of transmitting herewith for your Graces information, copy of my correspondence with the House of Assembly of Vancouvers Island, relative to the affairs of the Colony, up to the 7th day of DecemberManuscript imageDecember Instant, when the Assembly was prorogued to the 2nd day of February 1860.
2. Having addressed Her Majestys Government specially on the subject of each important measure referred to in the Correspondence herewith transmitted, as the same was brought before the Assembly, I will not take up your Graces time by further explanation or comment, on the present occasionManuscript imageoccasion.
I beg however to inform Your Grace that the House of Assembly was dissolved on the 15th Instant by Proclamation, and that writs for a new Election will be issued without delay.
I have etc.
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
The only document in this correspondence which is novel to us is the Governor's address to the Legislature on closing the Session, extending over 3 years. We shall doubtless receive it in a separate form.
P. 103 to 111 denote the desire for a change in the Land regulations. Some measures on this important subject have been sanctioned, & other modifications are in progress.
ABd 16 Feby
HM F 16
CF 17
N 18
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Correspondence between Douglas and the House of Assembly from July 18 to 7 December 1859 (64 entries, 141 pages).
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 12, 25 February 1860.