Murdoch to Elliot (Assistant Under-Secretary)
Emigration Office
30 April 1862
I have to acknowledge your letter of 24th instant, with one from the Governor of Vancouvers Island in which he suggests that some arrangement should be come to with the Hudson's Bay Co to allow of the sale of the Land claimed by them on the ground of occupation previous to 1849, pending the settlement of the questions respecting this claim in dispute between the Company and H.M. Government.
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2. In reply I have to state that all questions regarding this Land have been set at rest by the Agreement concluded with the Company on the 3rd of February last which has no doubt been communicated to the Governor. That Agreement will have put it in the power of the Governor to dispose of all the Land in the Town of Victoria not previously disposed of to others, with the exception of some small reservations for the Company, and will therefore have exactly met theManuscript image object proposed in his present despatch.
I have the honor to be
Your Obedient
Humble Servant
T.W.C. Murdoch
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Write to the Governor in this sense.
ABd 2 May
TFE 2 May
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 98, 8 May 1862, informing Douglas that all questions regarding this land have been set at rest by the Agreement concluded with the Company.