No. 81, Separate
20th October 1866
My Lord
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Mr Cardwell's Despatches named in the margin
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No 39, 14th August 1865.
No 16, 26th April 1866.
having relation to the reconveyance of Vancouver Island by the Hudson's Bay Company to Her Majesty and matters connected therewith.
These Despatches with others bearing on the subject I submittedtoManuscript image to a Board of Officers consisting of the Colonial Secretary, the Acting Attorney General, the Acting Surveyor General and the Registrar General, and I have now the honor to transmit herewith their report.
This report appears to me to have been conceived in a dispassionate spirit and I think the suggestions it contains as coming from persons who are dealing with matters within their own personal knowledge are worthy of serious consideration.
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The Hudson's Bay Company I think it may reasonably be hoped will not offer opposition to these propositions in which the claims, real or supposed, of the Crown advanced by the Colony against the Company are brought within a narrow compass, and which will entail an inconsiderable pecuniary sacrifice upon the Company.
I abstain from commenting in detail upon this report which I think sufficiently exhaustiveofManuscript image of the matters treated of, and as to which I shall probably be enabled at an early period to communicate with your Lordship in England if required to do so.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord,
Your Lordship's most obedient Servant
A.E. Kennedy
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
I presume the Emigration Commissrs: should see these Papers in the first instance?
VJ 3 Decr
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Mr Jadis
As the Emigration Comrs have reported on this business at the previous stages refer this to them with referencetoManuscript image to their former reports. It should be done soon as the subject connects itself with the topics to be discussed with the North American Delegates.
TFE 3 Decr
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Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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W.A.G. Young, T.L. Wood, B.W. Pearse and E.G. Alston to Kennedy, 8 October 1866, reporting on various aspects of the reconveyance of Vancouver Island by the Hudson's Bay Company, with suggestions (twenty-four pages).
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Note on microfilm as follows: Folio 413 is a large map unsuitable for filming on camera.
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Memo, signed by Thomas Wood, Acting Attorney General, no date, further commenting on the reconveyance of Vancouver Island to the crown in relation to the sale of town lots by the company.
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Memo, Young to Kennedy, 20 October 1865, remarking on certain points in respect of land claims of the company based on his "previous acquaintance with the whole case, acquired on the spot by personal knowledge at the time of their occurrence of most of the circumstances connected with it" (twenty-four pages).
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Draft of an indenture providing for reconveyance of the island to the crown, extensively edited, no signature, no date (thirteen pages).
Minutes by CO staff
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N.B. Copy sent to the Secy of the H.B. Compy on the 9 Jany
—with an intimation that they may see & take a copy of the Map.
[JW?] 9 Jany 67
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Elliot to Emigration Commissioners, 4 December 1866, forwarding copy of the despatch for suggestions and observations.