21 September 1863
I have the honor to forward to you herewith a Memorial from certain of the Inhabitants of Vancouver's Island, which was presented to me on the 19h Inst for transmission to Your Grace.
2. I also forward copy ofaManuscript image a letter addressed to me enclosing the Memorial, together with a copy of my reply thereto.
3. I forward these Documents in the ordinary course of public business, but as they relate to myself personally, it is I presume unnecessary that I should offer any remarks upon them.
I have the honor to be
My Lord Duke,
Your Graces most obedient
and humble Servant
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
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Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Memorial addressed to Newcastle expressing regret at Douglas's replacement and testifying to the great debt owed him by the colony for years of dedicated and fruitful service, no date, approximately 225 signatures.
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James Dickson and Selim Franklin to Douglas, 18 September 1863, enclosing the memorial as a "deserved tribute of respect coming as it does from those whose position wealth and intelligence entitle them to represent the opinions of Vancouver Island," and asking that the letter and memorial be forwarded to Newcastle.
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Douglas to Dickson and Franklin, 19 September 1863, acknowledging their letter and memorial and expressing "sincere thanks for so flattering and spontaneous an expression of opinion in respect of the past and present value of my public services."
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 43, 17 November 1863.