No. 75, Miscellaneous
26th August 1865
Referring to my Despatch No 61 dated 19th July 1865 relative to the disposal of the Crown Lands of this Colony I have the honor to transmit a letter from Mr G.H. Wilson Brown containing proposals for working coal seams in this Colony.
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I trouble you with these papers for the purpose of illustrating the complications and detriment to the Colony which arise out of the unsettlement of the Crown Lands question.
I have informed Mr Brown that I am unable to conclude with him such an arrangement as he proposes under existing circumstances, and I think it would be productive of future embarrassment to dealseparatelyManuscript image separately with isolated cases rather than to wait until general rules affecting such matters shall have been laid down and promulgated, and for instructions in which behalf I addressed to you the Despatch above quoted.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient Servant
A.E. Kennedy
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
Land Bd with copy of the despatch sent to Govr Kennedy on the 17th instt.
ABd 23 Oct
At once.
FR 24/10
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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G.H. Wilson Brown to the Colonial Secretary, 18 February 1865, forwarding his "proposals and plans for leasing and working the coal seams discovered by the Exploring Expedition in the Comox Country."
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"Proposals to the Government of Vancouver Island for leasing and working the coal seams on Brown's River Comox Country Vancouver Island."
Other documents included in the file
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Elliot to Emigration Commissioners, 27 October 1865, forwarding copy of despatch and enclosures, and a previous despatch from Cardwell to Kennedy on the subject of the Land Proclamation of 1862, for their observations and suggestions.