No. 122
Downing Street
18 December 1862
With reference to your despatch No. 47 of the 8th of September last enclosing two Acts of the Legislature of Vancouver Island enabling you to borrow sums not exceeding £40,000 and £15,000 respectively upon Colonial Government Debentures, I have the honourtoManuscript image to apprize you of my intention to advise Her Majesty to confirm these Acts, and to enclose for your in formation and guidance copy of a letter from the Board of Treasury on the subject.
The Agents General for Crown Colonies have been requested to furnish the Report suggested bytheManuscript image the Board of Treasury.
I have the honor to be
Your obedient Servant

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F. Peel and F. Rogers, Treasury, to Colonial Office, 4 December 1862, approving the acts but requesting the Agents General to report on how they should be compensated for services rendered.
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Vancouver Island
Enclosure to Despatches of 4th December 1862
Mr Peel to Sir F Rogers


Treasury Chambers
4th December 1862

With reference to your letter of the 19th ultimo, enclosing two acts of the Legislature of Vancouvers Island, entitled respectively
"The Vancouver Island Road and Harbour Loan Act 1862" and
"The Vancouver Island Temporary Debenture Loan Act 1862"
I am directed by the Lords CommD of H. M. Treasury to acquaint you, for the information of the Duke of Newcastle that Manuscript imagetheir Lordship will not object to the confirmation of the two Acts in Question, but they regret the absence of any information of a recent date respecting the financial condition of the Colony - as without it they can form no opinion as to the adequacy of the security provided for payment of the interest and for the redemption of the Loan.
With regard to the negotiation of the Loan by the Agents General for CrownManuscript imageCrown Colonies, and the signature by them, on behalf of the Colonial Government of Vancouver Island, of the Debentures to be issued in this country, My Lords desire that there should be a distinct understanding that in thus borrowing money for a Government which possesses the control over its own general revenue, without the supervision of H. M. Govt the Agents General are actingManuscript imageacting merely in the name of the Local Government can come under no responsibility on account of their transactions in that capacity or otherwise in connection with the Loan.
My Lords are of opinion that the Agents General should be called upon for a Report as to the mode in which the Govt of Vancouver Island should contribute towards the Expenses of the Agency for service to be rendered in respect to the Proposed Loan - I am &c
(sig) F: Peel
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Douglas, James

Peel, Frederick

Pelham-Clinton, Henry Pelham Fiennes

Rogers, Frederic

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Colonial Office


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Vancouver Island