No. 76
9 December 1861
Mr George Hunter Cary Attorney General for British Columbia having at his own request been superseded in that appointment by Mr Henry P. Pellew Crease, I have the honor to acquaint Your Grace that in pursuance oftheManuscript image the Royal Warrant and the instructions contained in your despatch No 51 of 5th April last, I have appointed Mr Cary to be Attorney General for the Colony of Vancouvers Island.
I have the honor to be
My Lord Duke,
Your Grace's most obedient
humble Servant
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
It is difficult to judge correctly when not on the spot but according to what we know here of the absence of crime in B. Columbia I should have considered that Mr Fortescue's proviso in the draft of the Duke of Newcastle's despatch of the 15 June No 82 ought to have been a sufficient reason against the appointment of Mr Crease as Attorney Genl (vice Mr Cary) in that Colony. But see the minutes on 5477/61.
ABd 3/3
For the reasons offered meManuscript image on those Minutes, and also upon general grounds, I quite believe that an Attorney General must be required for each Colony.
TFE 4 March
CF 5
N 5
Douglas, James to Pelham-Clinton, Henry Pelham Fiennes 9 December 1861, CO 305:17, no. 2191, 557. 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/V61076.html.

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