No. 23
Victoria Vancouver's Island
20th July 1857
1. I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Circular Despatch of the 20th of April last marked confidential.  
2. After referring to the objects for which Public Seals are entrusted to the Governors of the Colonial Possessions of the Crown, and the uses to which they are to be
applied, and moreover pointing out an irregularity lately discovered in the use of the Public Seal of a particular Colony. You proceed to caution me in respect to the improper use of the public seal of this Colony and enquire whether any seal is or has been used in Vancouvers Island distinct from the public Seal for authenticating Local Laws, public Instruments and Documents, and whether any measures are required to guard against the consequences of past irregularities, if such have been committed.  
3. I have the honor in reply to inform you that the Public Seal of this Colony, and
no other has been invariably used for authenticating public documents and therefore no measures are required to guard against the consequences of past irregularities.  
I have the honor to be Sir
Your most obedient humble Servant
James Douglas

The Right Honble Henry Labouchere Esqre
Her Majesty's principal Secretary of State
For the Colonial Department.
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Smith
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Other documents included in the file
  • Draft reply, Labouchere to Douglas, Confidential, 19 November 1857.  
Despatch to London:
Douglas to Labouchere, 20 July 1857, National Archives of the UK. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871. Ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed 17 November 2018. 

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