25 February 1862
I have the honor to forward herewith to Your Grace an Address to Her Most Gracious Majesty which has this day been placed in my hands on behalf of the Inhabitants of Vancouver's Island.
2. Her Majesty's loyalSubjectsManuscript image Subjects in this Colony would desire in all veneration to offer to their beloved Sovereign an expression of their profound sympathy in this Her time of deepest sorrow.
3. I know not whether this proceeding be altogether appropriate at such a season, but I feel that it will not be misunderstood; and I fain would hope that it might prove a source of consolation to Her Majesty, however slight, to know that the feelings and affections which have already poured before Her so full ameasureManuscript image measure of condolence and sympathy, are not confined to any one portion of Her realm, but that those same feelings and affections exist even in this remote corner of Her dominions, neither chilled by distance, nor enfeebled by absence.
I have the honor to be
My Lord Duke
Your Grace's most obedient
and humble Servant
James Douglas
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Mr Elliot
The original Address has been retained to be sent to the Queen.
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Ackge the receipt. Instruct him to inform the Chairman & Secretary of the Public Meeting from whom this Address has emanated, that the Duke of Newcastle duly laid it before the Queen, and that Her Majesty derived much satisfaction from the sentiments of sympathy and attachment expressed by Her loyal Subjects the Inhabitants of Vancouver's Island.
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Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Address to the Queen from the inhabitants of Vancouver Island expressing sympathy at the death of the Prince Consort, no date, signed by John S. Helmcken, Chairman, and J. T. Pidwell, Secretary.
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Handwritten copy of the address as noted above.
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 96, 30 April 1862, which acknowledges receipt of Douglas's forwarded address of sympathy and reports that said address was "duly laid before the Queen," who received "much satisfaction from [its] sentiments."