18 February 1862
The mournful intelligence conveyed to me by Your Grace's Despatch of the 16th December last, of the death of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort, was received in this Colony with feelings of the most unfeigned regret.
2. I considered itbecomingManuscript image becoming upon so melancholy an occasion to make public Your Graces Despatch, and to call upon Her Majesty's loving Subjects to testify their sympathy and sorrow by appearing in mourning. I enclose a copy of the notice I issued, and I need only remark that the warm response made to that call abundantly proves that in no part of Her Majesty's Dominions are to be found Subjects more loyal and attached than in the remote Island of Vancouver.
I have the honor to be
My Lord Duke
Your Grace's most obedient
and humble Servant
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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ABd 23/Apl
TFE 23/4
N 25
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Printed notice informing of the death of the Prince Consort, and calling upon "the Queen's loving subjects to testify their regret and sympathy upon this distressing occasion by putting themselves into decent mourning," dated 17 February 1862, signed by W.A.G. Young.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 99, 9 May 1862, acknowledging the receipt of Douglas's despatch and enclosed notice.