No. 20, Legislative
7 April 1860
I have the honor of transmitting herewith for Your Grace's information, a Copy of my correspondence with the House of Assembly of this Colony, up to this date, and of the documents referred toManuscript imageto therein; none of which are of much importance, except the Abstract of the Hudson's Bay Company's Account with Her Majesty's Government for sums disbursed in this Country for and on account of Vancouver's Island Colony, since its first establishment.
I have etc.
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
This will have to be dealt with in due course. I pass it to you at once on account of the Abstracts—which bear upon the contents of the Treasury letter 5357/60.
ABd 30/5
Mr Fortescue
I have carefully examined the Accounts. They show beyond a doubt that whatever else may be the case, we Manuscript imageare safe in making an advance of £25000 to the Company, since for the year 1859 alone they exhibited a prima facie balance of upwards of £17000 against the Government.
I think that it will be sufficient for the present to acknowledge the receipt of the despatch, but whenever our examiners renew their investigation they ought to be put in possession both of these accounts and of the one enclosed in No 58 of the 24 of November.
TFE 1 June
CF 1
The Duke of N. has had this desph before him, though his sigre is wanting.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Newspaper clipping, unnamed, no date, containing Douglas's speech at the opening of the Legislative Assembly.
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Correspondence between Douglas and the House of Assembly between 2 March and 4 April 1860 (50 pages, approximately 30 entries), including enclosures (primarily correspondence between Douglas and Edward Stamp regarding a proposal to establish a settlement on Vancouver Island) and statements of account with the Hudson's Bay Company.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 22, 8 June 1860.