Law Officers
The Law Officers of the Crown is a legal position in Britain which can be dated back to the early 1300s. From the middle of this century, the officers were responsible for submitting accounts of the “King's rent” and other incomes such as salaries, defence, and charities to the English Exchequer.1
The Officers' position and responsibilities evolved over time, becoming more directly involved in legal authorities. Some Officers held a seat in the House of Commons and became personal lawyers to the other members of the House.2 Law Officers of the Crown were regularly consulted on legal questions which concerned Britain's colonies or the outskirts of the British Empire. In this despatch, the Officers were consulted on matters of trading establishments in relation to the Hudson's Bay Company.3
The role of Law Officer also included matters of land, manorial possessions, and other properties. This despatch depicts a statement by the Law Officers concerning the Hudson's Bay Company land acquisition on Vancouver Island.4
The position of Law Officers of the Crown is appointed by royal warrant and today the officers are known as “Receiver General.” Although the office still exists today, many of the activities and responsibilities of the Officers have been diminished in the 20th century.5
Mentions of this organization in the documents
Organizations in this document

Hudson's Bay Company

Places in this document

Vancouver Island