No. 35, Miscellaneous
3rd June 1865
I have the honor to forward a Petition entrusted to me for transmission by Mr Alfred Waddington together with a copy of his covering letter.
I have communicated a copy of the Petition to Governor Seymour to enable him to furnish you with any observations he may think itnecessaryManuscript image necessary to make upon it.
In the present state of public feeling in these Colonies I think I shall best consult the public interests by abstaining from comment upon the subject of this Petition which Governor Seymour will doubtless discuss fully.
I have only to add that the Petition, is most respectably and (in proportion to the population) numerously signed.
I have the honor to be,
Your most obedient Servant
A.E. Kennedy
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
A copy of this Petition having been sent to Govr Seymour we may expect a report from him on the subject.
Govr Seymour is fully alive to the importance of opening up the communications into the interior—& he has a Commr of Lands and Works who is quite ready & equal to the making of any roads whh it may be thought best to open. The question is which are the best routes to open, & where is the money for this communication to be found. The Victorians of course prefer that road which promotes their interests.
ABd 31 July
Yes. But we may as well tell Govr S. that it has been recd & that Mr C awaits his report in order to prevent the chance of its falling through & tell Gov. Kennedy that this has been done.
At once.
FR 2/8
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Alfred Waddington to Colonial Secretary, 2 June 1865, forwarding a petition "from the merchants, traders, and residents, in Victoria and other parts of Vancouver Island and the Sooke goldfields, for the opening of the Bute Inlet Route, signed by 1031 persons."
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Petition addressed to the Secretary of State in favour of the Bute Inlet route as noted above, no date, 1031 signatures.
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Second copy of the petition, roughly written, some signatures missing.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Cardwell to Seymour, No. 55, 11 August 1865.
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Draft reply, Cardwell to Kennedy, No. 37, 11 August 1865.