No. 67
1 October 1867
Sir,
I have to acknowledge your Despatch No. 87 of the 13th of July last, from which I learn that you are not yet prepared to recommend the adoption either of Victoria or of New Westminster as the Capital of British Columbia.  
I
I leave the determination of this question still in your hands merely desiring that it may not be long delayed.  
I take the opportunity of forwarding to you various documents which may affect your judgment, but which I have not hitherto sent to you because I was expecting from you a definite recommendation on the subject to which they related.  
As the second paragraph of your Despatch contains something like an appeal to me for an expression of opinion, I
think
think it requisite to say that the establishment of New Westminster as the Capital of British Columbia did not in my opinion involve any pledge on the part of the Government that the site of that Capital shall never be moved. It is of course always undesirable to disappoint natural expectations, and much consideration may be due to those who are so disappointed. But every land-purchaser in New Westminster or any other locality must be considered to buy his land, subject to the
possible
possible changes which the varying political or Commercial interests of the whole community may from time to time render necessary.  
I will add that although I do not prescribe to you the choice of one or the other Capital, you will be at liberty, in case you should decide in favor of Victoria to quote the authority of the Home Government in support of that course.  
I have the honor to be
Sir,
Your most obedient humble Servant
Buckingham & Chandos
 
Despatch from London:
Buckingham & Chandos to Seymour, 1 October 1867. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871. Ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria: University of Victoria. http://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/getDoc.htm?id=B677167.scx. Accessed 20 October 2019. 

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