Cotterill & Sons to Newcastle

To His Grace the Duke of Newcastle Secretary of State for Her Majesty's Colonies
32 Throgmorton Street E.C.
2nd February 1860
My Lord Duke
We should be much obliged if your Grace would be pleased to direct one of the Gentlemen in your Grace's Department to inform us what are the Laws affecting the Sales and Mortgages of Lands in Vancouvers Island and British Columbia—some of our Clients being interested in landed property there.
We have the honor to be My Lord Duke
Your Grace's most obedt and humble Servants
Cotterill & Sons
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
The Legre of V.C. Island has passed no Law on this subject: & B. Columbia has issued no Proclamation having the force of Law. Will not the Law of England prevail?
ABd 3/2
V[ide] answer annexed.
HM F 3
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Draft, Fortescue to Cotterill and Sons, 8 February 1860, stating the law of England was in force in Vancouver Island and British Columbia.