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1857 Copies of Despatches Regarding the Establishment of a Representative Assembly at Vancouver's Island

On the cover: Vancouver's Island-Return to an Address of the Honourable The house of Commons, dated 25 June 1857;-for "Copies of Extracts of any Despatches that have been received by Her Majesty's Secretary of State for the Colonies, on the subject of the Establishment of a Representative Assembly at Vancouver's Island."

Document is a compilation of Despatches, (original spelling), from the Right Hon. H. Labouchere, M.P., and from Governor Douglas, regarding correspondence relating to the establishment of a representative assembly at Vancouver's Island. All pages are typewritten, with minor foxing along the edges.

[185-] British Columbia Proclamation

Titled: British Columbia. Proclamation.
Proclaims James Douglas to have the ability to make laws, institutions and ordinances for the governance of British Columbia, along with the ability to acquire un-surveyed land in British Columbia for British subjects.

British Columbia Proclamation

Titled: British Columbia. Proclamation.
Proclaims James Douglas to have the ability to make laws, institutions and ordinances for the governance of British Columbia, along with the ability to acquire un-surveyed land in British Columbia for British subjects.
Duplicate of 2011.103.003

An Act to Raise a Loan for Victoria and Esquimalt Harbour Dues

Title: An act to authorize the raising of a Loan of Ten Thousand Pounds upon the security of the Dues and Monies levied by virtue of the "Victoria and Esquimalt Harbour Dues Act 1860."

Document describes the payment to the Treasury of Vancouver Island in a separate fund titled the "Harbour Fund," along with the creation of a Harbour Commission.

Proclamation for the Government of British Columbia

Title: British Columbia Proclamation By His Excellency James Douglas, Companion of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of British Columbia and its Dependencies, Vice-Admiral of the same, &c., &c.

Details the making of James Douglas as the Governor of the Colony of British Columbia with all the power to make laws, institutions, and ordinances, for the peace, order and good Government of the same. Details the allowance for the raising of funds and loans for the establishment of the colony.

Roman Catholic Land Act 1861

Title: British Columbia Proclamation by His Excellency James Douglas, Companion of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of British Columbia and its Dependencies, Vice-Admiral of the same, &c., &c.

Details the power granted to James Douglas and his intentions to set aside land for the use of the Roman Catholic Church. Proclamation to be cited as the "Roman Catholic Land Act, 1861."

Pre-Emption Consolidation Act, 1861

Title: British Columbia Proclamation By His Excellency, James Douglas, Companion of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of British Columbia, and its Dependencies, Vice-Admiral of the same, &c., &c.

Details the amendment of the laws affecting the settlement of unsurveyed Crown Lands in British Columbia. This proclamation may be cited as the "Pre-emption Consolidation Act, 1861."

Cook's Ferry and Clinton Road Bond Act 1863

Title: British Columbia Proclamation No. 9, A.D. 1863 By His Excellency James Douglas, Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of British Columbia and its Dependencies, Vice-Admiral of the same, &c., &c.

Details and Indenture between Richard Clement Moody and William Hood regarding the creation of Waggon Road and Works.

Crown Officers' Salaries Act, 1863

Title: British Columbia Proclamation No. 12, A.D.1863, By His Excellency, James Douglas, Companion of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of British Columbia, and its Dependencies, Vice-Admiral of the same, &c., &c.

Details the pay to be determined for those holding government positions in British Columbia.

Budget for British Columbia for the year 1864

Title: British Columbia No. 3. An Ordinance to apply the sum of One hundred and thirty five thousand, six hundred and thirty nine pounds, sixteen shillings and seven pence, Sterling, out of the General Revenue of the Colony of British Columbia and its Dependencies, to the service of the year One thousand eight hundred and sixty four.

Contains the schedule, including costs, for all the government departments necessary for the running of the British Columbian government.

The First Telegraph Act, 1864

Title: An Act To grant the right to construct a Telegraph Line connecting Victoria with the Telegraph System of the United States, and for other purposes.

This act, signed in print by James Douglas, the first governor of the province of British Columbia, authorized the construction of a telegraph line connecting Victoria with the California State Telegraph Company.

1866 Ordinance for the Yearly Budget

Title: British Columbia. Anno Vicesimo Nono. Victoriae Reginae. No. 4. An Ordinance to apply the sum of Seven Hundred and Twenty Two Thousand One Hundred and Fourteen Dollars and Five Cents, out of the General Revenue of the Colony of British Columbia and its Dependencies, to the service of the year One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty Six.

Details the request for money for the year from the British Government in order to run the Colony of British Columbia. Back page lists the salaries of government officials, as well as the cost for services.

The Companies' Ordinance, 1866

Title: British Columbia. Anno Vicesimo Nono. Victoriae Reginae. No. 5. An Ordinance to amend the Law relating to Joint Stock Companies.

Details 12 changes/amendments made to the Joint Stock Companies Laws in British Columbia.

Pre-emptions Ordinance, Short Title, 1866

Title: British Columbia. Anno Vicesimo Nono. Victoriae Reginae. No. 13. An Ordinance further to define the law regulating the acquisition of Land in British Columbia.

Details 4 clauses to be used to further define the laws governing land acquisition in British Columbia, centering around the adjustment of boundaries and other matters.

The Ferry Ordinance, 1866

Title: British Columbia. Anno Vicesimo Nono. Victoriae Reginae. No. 9. An Ordinance for the Regulation of Ferries and Bridges.

Details additional rules and regulations placed upon ferries and bridges, including maintenance, toll charges, and proper conduct.

1864 & 1865 Ordinance for the Budget of the Colony of British Columbia

Title: British Columbia. Anno Vicesimo Nono. No. 11. An Ordinance granting a Supplemental Supply of Thirty-two Thousand Four Hundred and Fifty-six Pounds, Seven Shillings, and Five Pence, out of the General Revenue of the Colony of British Columbia and its Dependencies, to the service of the years One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty-four and five respectively.

Details the request to the British Government for additional funds for the running of the Colony of British Columbia.

The Game Ordinance, Short Title, 1867

Title: British Columbia. Anno Tricesimo. Victoriae Reginae. No. 8. An Ordinance to prohibit the unseasonable destruction of Game.

Details the creation of ordinances in order to protect game of various descriptions from being killed out of season.

The County Court Ordinance, 1866

Title: British Columbia. Anno Vicesimo Nono. Victoriae Reginae. No.14. An Ordinance amending the procedure of the County Courts of the Colony of British Columbia.

Details the creation and amendment of rules concerning a clear and speedy method of recovering small debts in British Columbia.

The Fence Ordinance, 1869

Title: British Columbia. Anno Tricesimo Secundo. Victoriae Reginae. No. 9. An Ordinance to provide for the Fencing of Land in British Columbia.

Details the creation of ordinances to provide for proper fencing of lands in the colony of British Columbia.

Papers on the Union of British Columbia with the Dominion of Canada, 1869

British Columbia. Papers of the Union of British Columbia with the Dominion of Canada [March 1868 to March 1869]. Includes the letter to Governor Seymour by delegates of a Convention held at Yale, B.C., with a copy of the resolutions passed, and an Address on the desirability of establishing Representative Institutions, with responsible Government, in the Colony, and the necessity for retrenchment in the public expenditure. [Donor's notes].

County Courts Amendment Ordinance, 1870

Title: British Columbia. Anno Tricesimo Tertio. Victoriae Reginae. No. 10. An Ordinance to alter and amend the "County Court Ordinance, 1867".

Details the amendments made to the County Court Ordinance of 1867 for the purpose of better administering justice.

The Election Regulation Act, 1871

Title: British Columbia. Anno Tricesimo Quarto. Victoriae Reginae. No.13. An Act to regulate Elections of Members of the Legislature of this Colony.

Details certain provisions made as to the regulation of elections of members of the Legislative Council