No. 34
20 August 1863
Sir,
I duly received your Despatch No. 11 of the 20th of April last in which you propose as a final Settlement of the questions in dispute between the Crown and the Hudsons Bay Company that the Crown on the one hand should give up a lot of land at the foot ofFortManuscript image Fort Street assigned to it by the Agreement of February 1862 for a Harbor Masters Office &c and that the Company on the other hand should surrender in exchange for it a lot at the foot of Broughton Street for the same purpose and should also give up a portion of the Government Reserve marked Z on the plan prepared by Mr. McTavish, and the lots 1603, 1605 and 1607—The first being the lot on which the Post Office stands, and the other adjoining lost required for the Public Service.
I submitted this proposal for the consideration of the Hudson'sBayManuscript image Bay Company, and you will perceive from the enclosed Copy of a letter which I have received from them in reply that they are ready to accept this arrangement so far as they have the power to do so; but they desire it to be understood (as it is reasonable) that they surrender only the rights 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.
I have therefore to instruct you, as soon as the lots in questionhaveManuscript image have been transferred to the Crown, to prepare an accurate Map of the land and to settle with the Agent of the Company the terms in which the land to be secured to the Company and that to be returned to the Crow are to be described in the reconveyance of the Island to be Crown. As soon as you furnish me with these particulares, Letters Patent will be passed under the Great Seal for effecting the reconveyance.
I have the honor to be
Sir,
Your most obedient
Humble Servant
Newcastle
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Copy, Head to Newcastle, August 1, 1863, about land near Broughton Street that the Hudson's Bay Company will "surrender" to the city.
Pelham-Clinton, Henry Pelham Fiennes to Douglas, James 20 August 1863, NAC RG7:G8C/03, 343. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/V637034.html.

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