No. 2, Legislative
20 January 1863
My Lord Duke,
I have the honor of transmitting herewith a copy of my speech to the Legislature of this Colony on opening the Chambers upon the second day of the present month, and also copies of the addresses of the Legislative Council and Legislative
Assembly in reply thereto.  
2. In opening the Session I strongly recommended that steps should be immediately taken to expedite the passage through the Legislature of the preliminary measures affecting the construction of the Victoria and Esquimalt rail-way, that no time may be lost in commencing so important a work; And I propose in the course of a few
days to bring forward the Estimates for the service of the year 1863, and to introduce a Bill intended to modify the procedure and reduce the cost of collecting small debts which will complete the programme of Government business for the present brief session which, as I announced in a former despatch, will
close by limitation on the 28th day of February next.  
I have the honor to be,
My Lord Duke,
Your most obedient humble Servant,
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Elliot
Acke rect.  
Draft at once.  
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
  • Copy of speech given by Douglas at the opening of the Legislative Assembly, no date, as per despatch.  
  • Copy of Address from the Legislative Council to Douglas, 26 January 1863, signed by Roderick Finlayson, President, as per despatch.  
  • Copy of Address from the Legislative Assembly to Douglas, 6 January 1863, signed by J.S. Helmcken, Speaker, as per despatch.  
Other documents included in the file
  • Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 9, 6 April 1863, acknowledging the receipt of Douglas's despatch.  
Despatch to London:
Douglas to Newcastle, 20 January 1863, National Archives of the UK, 3140, CO 305/20. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871. Ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed 19 September 2019. 

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