Murdoch to Elliot (Assistant Under-Secretary)
Emigration Office
20 January 1862
In obedience to the instructions contained in your letter of the 18th inst I have the honor to submit herewith for the approval of the Duke of Newcastle, the draft of an Agreement which we have prepared for carrying out in a more formal manner the terms embodied in the Memorandum of arrangement which has been accepted by hisGraceManuscript image Grace and the Hudsons Bay Co for the final settlement of the claims of the Company to Land in the district of Victoria in VanCouvers Island.
We have forwarded a copy of the draft Agreement to the Compy and requested them if they concur in its terms, to fix a day for its execution.
I apprehend that nothing further can be done in this Country towards carrying out the arrangement and that a copy of the Agreement when executed should be forwarded by the Secretary of StateManuscript image to the Governor, and by the Company to their Chief Officer in the Island with instructions to prepare under the directions of the Attorney General of the Colony for execution by the Compy the necessary Deeds of reconveyance of the portions of land to be surrendered to the Crown.
I have the honor to be
Your Obedient
Humble Servant
T.W.C. Murdoch
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Draft agreement between the government and the Hudson's Bay Company for the final settlement of land claims made by the company in the district of Victoria, no date (six pages).