No. 32
Downing Street
24 August 1860
Your despatches dated respectively the 16th February and the 28th March, having been referred to the Hudson's Bay Company a letter has been received from them of which I enclose you a copy. I request that you will furnish me with your report upon the contents of Manuscript imagethis letter at your earliest convenience.
As the Hudsons's Bay Company admit that part at least of the Buildings upon the Land near Fort Victoria are the property of the Government I should wish to be informed whether so much of the produce of the sale as represented the price of those Buildings has been carried to the credit of the Colonial Government.
I take this opportunity of mentioning to you that theManuscript imagethe question of the company's title to certain land in Vancouvers Island as their private property, anterior to the grant to them of the Island will be settled by a reference to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
I have etc.
C. Fortescue
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Fortescue, Chichester to Douglas, James 24 August 1860, LAC RG7:G8C/2, 325. 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.

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