Head to Newcastle
Hudsons Bay House
1 August 1863
My Lord Duke,
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Mr C. Fortescue's letter of the 24th ultimo transmitting extracts from a Despatch addressed to your Grace by the Governor of Vancouvers Island on the subject of the land in Victoria surrendered by this Company to the Crown under the Agreement of the 3rd February 1862 in which Mr Fortescue announces that if the Hudsons Bay Company are prepared to surrender the portion of the GovernmentReserveManuscript image Reserve marked 3 in Mr Mactavish's Plan and the Lots marked 1605 and 1607 with the adjoining Lot 1603 upon which the Post Office is built your Grace will consent to give up the Lot reserved to the Crown at the foot of Fort Street on which the Company have buildings in exchange for a Lot of the same extent at the foot of Broughton Street.
I beg to assure your Grace that the Directors of this Company have no wish to throw any obstacles in the way of a settlement of the questions remaining unsettled with respect to the retransfer of Vancouvers Island. On the contrary they are most anxious to secondYourManuscript image Your Grace's wishes in that respect to the utmost of their power.
It is with great pleasure therefore that I have to acquaint your Grace that my Colleagues and myself are quite ready to do all in our power to settle the unadjusted matters on the terms suggested in Mr Fortescue's letter. On the part of the Hudsons Bay Company we are ready to surrender any right or title the Company may have in the Lots marked in Mr Mactavish's plan with the letter 3 as well as the Lot 1603 on which the Post Office is built and the two Lots adjoining thereto marked 1605 and 1607. We are also ready to surrender the Lot attheManuscript image the foot of Broughton Street in exchange for the Lot at the foot of Fort Street on which it was originally intended that the Harbour Masters house should be built. In making these concessions however it must be understood that the Hudsons Bay Company surrender only the rights which they actually possess and that the arrangement is made subject to and saving the rights of third parties (if any) to whom the Lots in question may have been already conveyed.
As this is, as far as the Directors of this Company are aware, the only question which remained to beadjustedManuscript image adjusted between the Crown and this Company we see no reason why steps should not be at once taken for preparing the Deed of Reconveyance of Vancouvers Island to the Crown.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord Duke,
Your Grace's most obedient
Edmund Head
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Transmit a Copy to Mr Murdoch?
VJ 6 Augt
Transmit. This had better be despatched fairly soon.
TFE 6/8
Other documents included in the file
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Elliot to Emigration Commissioners, 7 August 1863, forwarding copy of the letter.