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ROM THE 21st DAY OF JANUARY TO THE 4th DAY OF MAY. 18^„\
IN THE
TWENTY-SEVENTH   YEAE   OF   THE   REIGN   OF   HER   MAJESTY
QUEEN   VICTORIA.
BEIXU THE FIRST SESSION OF THE FIRST PARLIAMENT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
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NEW WESTMINSTER
PRINTED AT THE -GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
1864. J
b TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Roll op the Members of the Legislative Council.
Index to Journals.
Schedule of Public Bills introduced.
Votes and Proceedings. *
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HONORABLE THE  LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS
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FOR THE FIRST SESSION OF ITS FIRST PARLIAMENT,
BEING THE YEAR 1864.    27° VICTORIA.
ARTHUR N. BIRCH,     I Colonial Secretary,
; ( and Presiding Member.
HENRY P. PELLEW CREASE,..'. Attorney General.
WYMOND OGILVY HAMLEY, Collector op Customs.
CHARTRES BREW,  Magistrate, New Westminster.
PETER O'REILLY,            Do.        Cariboo.
EDWARD HOWARD SANDERS,          Do.        Yale and Hope.
HENRY MAYNARD BALL,           Do.        Lytton.
PHILIP HENRY NIND,         Do.        Douglas.
JOSHUA ATTWOOD REYNOLDS HOMER,... New Westminster District.
ROBERT THOMPSON SMITH, Yale and Lytton District.
HENRY HOiBROOK,  Douglas and Lillooet District.
JAMES ORR,  v Cariboo East District.
WALTER SHAW BLACK,  Cariboo West District.  INDEX TO THE JOURNALS
OF THE
LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.
session m&
ADDRESSES:
To The Prince op Wales, on the birth of a son and heir, 26, 28.
To His Excellency The Governor:
Opening Speedy an answer to, 6.
On retirement of Sir James Douglas, 29.
On arrival of His Excellency Frederick Seymour, Esquire, 37.    Reply, 38.
Adjournment for wait of quorum, 23, 30.
Administration op Oath to Members of Council, 5,18, 20, 28, 31.
BLACK, Hon. W. S., takes his seat at Council, 20.
BILLS:
Assented to, 20, 43.    Reserved for signification of Her Majesty's pleasure, 43.
Motion for second reading affirmed on division, 16, 21, 31.
Motion for re-committal of G-old Fields Bill negatived by casting vote of Attorney General, 18.
Motion for postponement of third reading negatived, 35.
.Motion for Select Committee to draw up Standing Orders for Private Bills negatived by
casting vote of Attorney General, 17.
Motion for leave to bring in Bill negatived by Attorney General without questionJfirst put, 25.
Motion for Committal cf Bill according to Order of the day negatived by Attorney General
without question first put, 25.
Motion for re-committal of Bill after third reading carried, 40.
COMMITTEES:
To frame Address in Reply, 6.    Report, 7.
On Rules of Order, 6.    Report, 7.
Gold Export Duty, 15.
Steam Traction Engine Co., 17.    Report, 19.
Light Ship question, 18.
Mounted Police, 19, 26.    Report 20.
Captain Houghton's Petition, 23.
Address to Governor Douglas on retiring, 28.   'Report 29.
Address to Governor Seymour on his arrival, 33.    Report "37.
Bank Note Bill, 31.
Alexandra Bridge question, 32.    Report, 36.
Resolutions op 13,14, 15, 18, 19.
On Bank Note Bill, 31.    Report, 40,
ESTIMATES, 9, 10, 11.
GOVERNOR:
Speech at opening Session, 1. Select Committee appointed to prepare an Address in Reply,
6.    Report, 6.
Select Committee for Address to, on retirement, 28.    Report, 29.
Select Committee for an Address on arrival of new Governor, 33. Report adopted, 37. Presented, 38.   Reply, 38. INDEX.
Messages from His Excellency Sir James Douglas:
Postal and Telegraph Communication, 8.
Return of Tonnage Dues, 12.
Expenses of constructing Barrack, New Westminster, 14.
Will consider Resolutions of Committee of Supply, 14.
Traction Engine Scheme, 15.
Assenting to Bills, 20.
California State Telegraph Co., 20. #
Returning for consideration Gold Export Resolution, 27.
Messages prom His Excellency Governor Seymour:
Appointment of unpaid Magistrates, 36.
Proposed alteration of Customs Tariff, 36.
Assent to Bills, 43.
Speech at close of Session, 42.
LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL: Convened, 1. His Excellency's Speech on opening, 1. Committee
appointed to prepare an Address in Reply, 6. Report, 6. Address to Sir James Douglas on
his retiring from Office, 29. Address to His Excellency Governor Seymour on arrival, 37.
Speech at close of Session, 42.
Adjournment for want of Quorum, 23, 30.
Orders por Returns :
Tonnage Dues, 7. Light Houses in Fuca Straits, 12. Postal Return, 13. Crown Lands Sold, 13.
Expense of Coining Apparatus, 16.    Proceeds of Sale of New-Westminster, 22.
Members of, Sworn and take their seats, 5, 18, 20, 28, 31.
Resolutions of :
Reply to Speech at opening, 6. For Rules of Order to be drawn up, 6.  For Printing Standing
Orders, 7.   Publication of Minutes, 8.   Rules of Order, 9.   For Return of Expenditure for 1863,
10.    Recommending increased Expenditure, Appointment of another Judge, Division of Hospital
grant, and calling for Return of Light House Expenditure, 12.    That Postal, Light Ship, Customs, Mint, and Gold Export questions be discussed in Committee, 12.    Against payment  by
Colony of cost of erecting the Royal Engineer Barracks at New Westminster, 12.    That Resolutions of Committee on Postal Matters be forwarded to the Governor, 13.   For Return of Crown
Lands Sold, 13.     Pacific Transit and Telegraph  Co., 14.    His Excellency asked to frame a
Customs Bill, 14.    For Gold Export Duty, 15.    For Return of Expenses of Coining Apparatus,
16.    That Premiums for the discovery of Gold, &c, and for erection of Mills, &c, be offered by
Government, 17.    For a Light Ship, 18.    For  Traction  Engine Scheme, 19.    For separating
Auditor's duties from those of the Colonial Secretary, 19.    For Unpaid Justices of the Peace, 19.
For Committee on Mounted Police question, 19.    For a Premium to be offered for the erection
of a Grist Mill, 19-    For £20,000 to be spent in erecting Public Buildings at New Westminster,
21.    For Return of amount realized by Sale of Town Lots, New Westminster, 22.    In favor of
Captain Houghton's Petition, 23.    For a Road from Hope to Yale, 25, 26.   Against Gold Export
Duty, 27.    For payment of expenses of Cariboo Members of Council, 27.    For expenditure of
£40,000 on Cariboo Roads, 27.    For transmission to England of Congratulatory Address to the
Prince of Wales, 28.    Censuring Hon. Mr. Holbrook for altering a Petition, 28.    For aid to the
inhabitants of Clinton to build a Court House, 29.    For a County Court at Clinton, 29.    For a
Justice of the Peace at Clinton, 29.   For an Address to Sir James Douglas on his retirement from
the Government of the Colony, 29.    For the several districts of the Colony to be defined, 31.
For a route for a Waggon Road from Quesnel Mouth to Cariboo to be surveyed, 31.    For a Select Committee on Bank Note Bill, 31.  Disapproving of Mr. Trutch's holding speculations in the
Colony, while at the same time he is Surveyor General, 32. For arrangements to be made to settle
the question relative to Mr. Trutch's appointment as Surveyor General, 32.    For postponement
of second reading of Telegraph Regulation Bill until the Governor's wishes are ascertained, 32.
For Survey of Cariboo Waggon Road, 33.    For a Select Committee to draw up Congratulatory
Address on the arrival in the Colony of Governor Seymour, 33.    For Mr. Newton's Petition to
be forwarded to His Excellency, 33.  For a Telegraph Regulation Bill, 34.   For the introduction
by His Excellency of certain Ordinances, 34.    For Select Committee on Emigration, 35.    For
appointment of Notaries Public, 37.    For a Deputy Registrar at Cariboo East, 38.    For direct
Steam Communication, 39.    For amending Customs Act, 39.    Increase of Postmaster General's
Salary, 39.    Mr. F. Richard's Petition, 40.    Mr. Scott's Petition, 40.   Union of the Colonies of
British Columbia and Vancouver Island, 41.    Public Buildings, LiUooet, 41.    Indian Reserves
41.    Gold Commissioner for Shuswap, 41. Divisions of Council :
On motion for the Survey of Pemberton Meadows, 8. For open sittings of Council, 8. On
second reading of Thompson River Bridge Bill, 16. On motion for a Select Committee to draw
up Standing Orders on Private Bills, 17. On motion for re-committal of the Gold Fields Bill, 18.
On a Resolution for a Premium to be offered for the first Grist Mill erected in the Colony, 19.
On motion for separating Auditor General from the Colonial Secretary's Department, 19.    On
Navigation Bill, 31. On motion for Surveyof Cariboo Waggon Road, 33. On motion for the
Telegraph Regulation Bill, 34. On motion for the Governor to be asked to introduce Ordinances
regulating certain matters, 35. On motion for re-committal of Joint Stock Mining Companies'
Bill, 35. On motion for a Deputy Registrar, 38. Increased Premium on Grist Mill,1 38. Legislative Assembly, 39.   Frank Richards' Petition, 40.    J. T. Scott's Petition, 41.
MOTION for leave to bring in Bill refused by the Attorney General without question first put, 25.
NIND, The Hon. P. H., sworn and takes his seat at the Council, 18. Apologizing for absence from
Council, 26.
ORDER of the Council for Returns:
Tonnage Dues, 7. Expenditure of 1863, 10. Light Houses in Fuca Straits, 12. Postal Return, 13. Crown Lands Sold, 13. Expense of Coining Apparatus, 16. Proceeds of Sale of New
Westminster, and amounts expended by Government, 22.
PETITIONS:
From certain Traders and Merchants, for Improvement of Harrison Rapids, 12.
From certain of the inhabitants of New Westminster, for the improvment of certain roads in the
district, 12.
From W. Moberley, for payment of claim on account of Lytton-Alexandria Road, 14.
From G. Hooper, praying for the imposition of Auction Licences, 20.
From Captain Houghton, to be allowed to take the benefit of the Military Settlers Act, 22.
Messrs. Picht and Hoyt, for Spirits made and exported from the Colony to be free from Excise, 24.
From inhabitants of Yale, for a Road from Hope to Yale, 26.
From the inhabitants of Chil way hook, for Roads in their district, 26.
From inhabitants of Williams Lake, for Roads in their district, 28.
From inhabitants of Hope, for Repeal of Road Tax, 27.
From inhabitants of Clinton, alteration of by Hon. Mr. Holbrook, 28. Resolution of censure
on Hon. Mr. Holbrook, 28.    Petition refused, 24,28.    To be considered 6 month's hence, 28.
From Mr. Newton, to be compensated for land pre-empted by him and subsequently included
in Indian Reserve, 31.    Considered in Committee of the whole, 33.
From Frank Richards, Municipal Loan to be guaranteed, 40.
From J. T. Scott, Do. Do. Do. 40.
From G. Tranfield, for compensation for land included in Indian Reserve, 41.
PRINCE OF WALES: Congratulatory Address to on birth of a son and heir, 26, 28.
QUESTIONS TO MINISTERS: As to repair of Douglas Road, 13. | As to Sale of Town Lots at
Cariboo, 15 As to improving Harrison River Rapids, 15. Repair of Pemberton Roads, 15.
. As to Registrar at Cariboo, 22. As to Revenue collected at Cariboo being spent there, 22.
As to how Crown Lots were sold at Cariboo, 22. If Mr. Nind has been appointed County
Court Judge, 27. If official information has been received of irregularities said to have been
committed by Government Officials at Richfield, 33. As to intentions of Government on Tariff
and Light Ship questions, 33.    As to Hope petition for removal of Road Tax, 35.
Quorum : Adjournment for want of, 23, 30.
RETURNS CALLED FOR: See Order of Council for Returns.
SMITH, The Hon. R. T. takes his seat at Council, 23.
STANDING ORDERS suspended, 41.
TALE: Lease of Water Frontages, 37.
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OF THE
LEGISLATIVE    COUNCIL
OF
BRITISH   COLUMBIA
SESSION 1864.
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Thursday, the 21st day of January, 1864.
FIRST   SESSION   OF   THE   FIRST   PARLIAMENT.
The Legislative Council of British Columbia, constituted by an Order in Council,
dated at the Court of Windsor the 11th day of June, 1863, met pursuant to Public
Notice on this day, at the Camp, New "Westminster, the following Members being
present:
The Hon. H. P. P. Crease,  Attorney General.
The Hon. W. O. Hamley,    m Collector of Customs.
The Hon. C. Brew,   Magistrate, New Westminster,
The Hon. P. O'Reilly,     Magistrate, Cariboo East.
The Hon. E. H. Sanders,     Magistrate, Tale.
The Hon. H. M. Ball,  Magistrate, Lytton.
The Hon. J. A. R. Homer,  New Westminster.
The Hon. H. Holbrook,   Douglas and Lillooet.
The Hon. J. Orr,  Cariboo East.
The Members of the Council having taken their seats, His Excellency Governor" Sir James
Douglas, Knight Commander of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath, entered the Council Chamber, and delivered the following opening address:
Gentlemen op the Legislative Council—
I have great pleasure in meeting the Legislative Council of British Columbia, assembled
this day for the first time, by authority of Her Majesty's Order in Council, dated at the
Court at Windsor, on the 11th day of June, 1863; and I offer you, and the people of the
Colony at large, my sincere congratulations on this event, the first step towards a perfect
form of representative Government, and the establishment of those popular institutions,
which we all revere as our birth-right and inheritance; and which Her Majesty's Government saw fit to withhold in the infancy of the Colony, only from a sincere regard for its happiness and prosperity.
In reviewing the condition of the Colony, it is with an irrepressible feeling of thankfulness that I allude to the success which has attended our efforts in improving the public
roads, and removing those difficulties of access which have hitherto fettered enterprise, and
retarded progress; and that feeling is enhanced as I look forward with well grounded hopes
to a period of accelerated prosperity, which will both aid and stimulate our exertions for the
development of the great material interests of the Colony.
While all recognize the benefits resulting to the public from facilities of intercommunication, and their obvious effect in cheapening food; in reducing the cost of transport, in devel-
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21st JANUARY
1864
oping the Gold Fields, in attracting population, and giving to the waste lands of the Colony
a value which they do not now possess, I think it superfluous to urge by any further considerations the vigorous prosecution of public works of such acknowledged merit and utility;
but I wish on this occasion to place en record my deliberate opinion of the vital importance
of such works to the Colony. I wish to impress upon your attention that no measure can be
more fruitful of prosperous results, than that of improviDg the thoroughfares, until the Railway and Locomotive supersede the existing cumbrous modes of conveyance on all the main
lines of road, from the Coast to Alexandria, whence there is a practicable water communication, through the valley of Fraser River to the Rocky Mountains; a route which moreover
presents so many facilities of ground and general position, that there is every probability ot
its becoming the main line of overland communication with Canada. ^     |
The state of the Colony in other respects exhibits favorable indications of prosperity, as
may be inferred from the progress of settlement, the increasing exports of Gold, and the large
increase of the public revenue for the past year.
I have thought it incumbent on my Government to pursue, as a fixed policy, a course that
would tend to the increase of population and encourage the settlement of the waste lands of
the Crown, which are now unproductive alike to the Sovereign and to the people.
With that view the public lands have been thrown open to actual settlers, on the most
liberal terms of occupation and tenure, and I have endeavoured with even greater liberality
to encourage Mining and every other species of enterprise, tending to develop^ the resources
of the Country. The result of these measures has not been in all respects equal to my wishes.
The influx of Capital and population has not been commensurate with the resources of the
Colony, and the advantages offered; leaving the impression that these advantages are not
fully appreciated abroad. Though we have been thus disappointed of the aid expected from
foreign Capital, our regret for this disappointment has been mitigated by the vigorous achievements of domestic enterprise, in developing the Gold Fields, and by the number of private
associations now being formed for the purpose of carrying on Mining operations, upon a scale
of magnitude heretofore unknown in this Colony.
I propose, during the present year, to introduce such necessary changes in the Mining
Laws as may be called for by the growing wants of the Country, and I propose, at once, to
bring forward an Act to render shares in Mines convertible like other property by Sale or
Mortgage.
I am glad to inform you, Gentlemen, that the Country continues to enjoy uninterrupted
peace and tranquility.
The Native Indian Tribes are quiet and well disposed; the plan of forming Reserves of
Land embracing the Village Sites, cultivated fields, and favorite places of resort of the several tribes, and thus securing them against the encroachment of Settlers, and for ever removing the fertile cause of agrarian disturbance, has been productive of the happiest effects on
the minds of the Natives. The areas thus partially defined and set apart, in no case exceed
the proportion of ten acres for each family concerned, and are to be held as the joint and
common property of the several tribes, being intended for their exclusive use and benefit,
and especially as a provision for the aged, the helpless, and the infirm.
The Indians themselves have no power to sell or alienate these lands, as the Title will continue in the Crown, and be hereafter conveyed to Trustees, and by that means secured to the
several Tribes as a perpetual possession.
That measure is not however intended to interfere with the private rights of individuals
of the Native Tribes, or to incapacitate them, as such, from holding land; on the contrary,
they have precisely the same rights of acquiring and possessing land in their individual capacity, either by purchase or by occupation under the Pre-emption Law, as other classes of
Her Majesty's subjects; provided they in all respects comply with the legal conditions of
tenure by which land is held in this Colony.
I have been influenced in taking these steps by the desire of averting evils pregnant with
dangers the peace and safety of the Colony, and of confirming by those acts of justice and
humanity, the fidelity and attachment of the Native Tribes to Her Majesty's rule.
I have endeavoured, so far as the circumstances of the Colony would permit, to give effect
to Her Majesty's instructions enjoining that due attention be paid to the encouragement of
religion and morality; but in a Colony to which persons of every religious persuasion are
invited to resort, it is impossible without injustice to some, to establish a dominant or endowed Church. It is nevertheless the great duty of States to provide for the service of Almighty God, and to cause the means of religious instruction to be brought within the reach
ot every member of the community. I would therefore recommend the granting of pecuniary assistance, proportioned to and in aid of private contributions, having that^obiect in
view; or else the grant of an equivalent in land, if that be considered more conducive to the
proposed end.
q?hAfc ^ *° rfC0?!?enn iUt Provision bc made for the formation and maintenance of
bcliools m all parts of the Colony, requiring such aid. «*;
27° VIOTOELE*
21st JAjSTJART
I shall soon lay before you a communication from Her Majesty's Principal Secretary%f
State for the Colonies, containing proposals on the part of the Atlantic and Pacific Transit
and Telegraph Companies, for establishing Telegraphic and Postal communication between
British Columbia and the head of Lake Superior, and also of the answer returned by Her
Majesty's Government to these proposals. By this contemplated arrangement, it is proposed
that Canada, Vancouver Island, and British Columbia should guarantee to the Company a
profit on Capital expended, at the rate of not less than Four per Cent per annum, it beino*
however provided that the total annual payment to be made by Vancouver Island and British Colombia, jointly, shall in no case exceed the sum of £12,500, to be borne, if necessary,
by the respective Colonies, as may be agreed upon.
I have to recommend this project to your favorable attention, as the conditions are not unreasonable, considering the magnitude of the undertaking, and the advantages which this
Colony will reap from the faithful execution of the enterprise.
TKe Estimates for the year 1864 will be laid before you in a few days. They have been
prepared with the utmost regard to economy, consistent with the efficiency of the Public
Service.
It appears by the accompanying statement from the Treasurer, that the Expenditure of
the Colony for the year 1863, as far as it can, at present be ascertained, amounts, in round
numbers, to the sum of ,£192,860, as shewn in the following abstract, viz :
Debtor balance from 1862     £9,302
Redemption of Road Bonds created in 1862     12,660
Repayment of Advances to Imperial Government       7,000
Civil Establishment, including Salaries, Allowances, Office Contingencies        31,615
Administration of Justice—Police and Gaols       5,761
Transport and other expenses, Works and Buildings     15,288
Public Roads     83,937
Interest on Loans and Sinking Fund      13,725
Colonial Pay and maintenance of Detachment of Royal Engineers       7,057
Conveyance of Mails        2,223
Miscellaneous       4,302
Making a Total of. £192,860
"the Public Revenue for the same period has produced in round numbers,
the sum of. £110,000
Bonds created and Loans contracted in aid of Revenue *    65,805
 175,805
The excess of Expenditure over Income is thus shewn to be about—! £17,055
In addition to that balance, there is an amount of £10,700 due to the Imperial Govern--
ment in repayment of expenditure made on account of the Barracks and other Military
Buildings, erected for the use of the Detachment of Royal Engineers at New Westminster,
forming altogether with the above balance, a charge of £27,755 to be brought against the
Revenue of 1864
In considering the ways and means of defraying the Public Expenditure for 1864, we have
thus a debtor balance remaining from 1863 of.  £27,755
Road Bonds.falling due in 1864 £4,250
Interest on Loans    8,000
Sinking Fund ......    6,500
Expenditure on Civil Establishment, viz:  £18,750:
Salaries, Allowances, and Contingencies ,,.,...... £33,915
Other ordinary Expenses, viz:
Revenue Services  £425
Administration of Justice 1,900
Police and Gaols 3,650
Charitable Allowances    400
Education    500
Rent    150
Transport , 3,265
Conveyance of Mails 4,000
Works and Buildings 3,900
Roads, Streets, and Bridges (repairs)  5,000
Miscellaneous Services 3,500
Light Houses    800
&  £27,49a
Which gives a total of ordinary, necessary, and probable expenditure for the year	
1864, of  £107,910
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I 21st JANUARY.
1864
The Revenue from all sources for 1864 is estimated at ^07 910
Deducting the amount as above, say        *;	
1 .      lliiHI  £12,090
there will remain a surplus ot •  |
for the general service of the year - „
I have made no allowance in this statement for the maintenance of a Gold J^scort, nor tor
any Public Works beyond the necessary outlay in keeping the existing Roads and Public
Buildings in repair. . .   . -.
The balance of £12,090 above shewn, which alone remains at our disposal, is not sufficient to meet the extra ordinary expenses for objects of public utility, which will be shewn m
the general Estimates, and it therefore rests with us to determine^ whether those works are to
be undertaken during the present year, and if so, how their cost is to be defrayed.
In the settlement of these and other measures, which, from time to time, will be laid before you, I look forward, with confidence and satisfaction, to the aid of your counsel and advice, and I trust that our decisions may all tend to the advancement of the public good, and
of the true and substantial interests of this Colony.
At the Court at Windsor, the 11th day of June, 1863.
Present—The Queen's Most Excellent Majesty, Lord President Earl Russell,
Lord Privy Seal Mr. Milner Gibson.
HEREAS, by an Act passed in the 22nd year of the Reign of Her Majesty, entitled "An Act
to provide for the Government of British Columbia," it was declared lawful for Her Majesty,
by Order in Council, to authorize and empower such Officer as she might from time to time
appoint to Administer the Government of British Columbia, to make provision for the Administration of Justice therein, and generally to make, ordain, and establish such Laws, Institutions,
and Ordinances as might be necessary for the peace, order, and good government of Her Ma-
jesty's subjects and others therein; provided that it should be lawful for Her Majesty so soon
as she might deem it convenient, by any such Order in Council as aforesaid, to constitute, or
to authorize and empower such Officer to constitute a Legislature, to make laws for the peace^
order, and good government of British Columbia; such Legislature to consist of the Governor
or Officer administering the Government of the Colony, and a Council or Council and Assembly, to be composed of such and so many persons, and to be appointed or elected in such manner, and for such periods, and subject to such regulations as to Her Majesty might seem expedient. And whereas, by an Order in Council, bearing date on the 2nd day of September, in
the year 1858, Her Majesty was pleased to authorize such Governor or Officer as aforesaid, to
make provision for the Administration of Justice, and, as therein mentioned, to make Laws and
Ordinances for the peace, order, and good government of Her Majesty's subjects and others in
the said Colony. And whereas, it is expedient to make the said Order in Council, and to constitute a Legislature for the said Colony, consisting of the Governor or Officer Administering
the Government thereof, and the Legislative Council hereinafter established:
1. It is hereby ordered by Her Majesty, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council, and
in pursuance and exercise of the powers vested in Her Majesty by the said Act of Parliament,
or otherwise in that behalf, that the said recited Order in Council shall be and the same is hereby revoked. Provided always that nothing herein contained, shall be held to invalidate any
act or thing done, nor any appointment made in pursuance or under authority of the said Order in Council, but that every such act, thing, and appointment shall remain of the same force
and effect as if the said Order in Council were still in operation.
And it is hereby further ordered as follows, that is to say:
2. In this Order in Council the term Governor shall mean the Officer for the time being lawfully Administering the Government of the Colony of British Columbia.
3. There shall be in the said Colony a Legislative Council, constituted as hereinafter mentioned.
4. It shall be lawful for the Governor, with the advice and consent of the said Legislative
Council, to make Laws for the peace, order, and good government of the said Colony.
5. The said Council shall consist of such Public Officers within the said Colony, as shall
from time to time be designated, and of such persons as shall from time to time be named by
or in pursuance of any Instructions or Warrant under the Royal Sign Manual and Signet, and
of such other persons as may be from time to time appointed by the Governor, by instruments
to be passed under the Public Seal of the said Colony. Provided that every such last mentioned appointment shall be provisional only until the same shall have been approved by Her
Majesty, through one of Her Principal Secretaries of State, and may be made to determine at
a period named in the Instrument making the same, and that the total number of Councillors
shall not by any such appointment be raised above the number of Fifteen. Provided also that
every Member of the said Council shall hold office during Her Majesty's pleasure only.
6. The Precedence of the Members of the said Council may be from, time to time determined
by any such Instructions as aforesaid.    In the absence of such determination, the Members ^3c:
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shall take rank according to the order of their appointment, or if appointed by the same Instrument according to the order in which they are named therein.
7. The Governor, or in his absence, any Member of the Council appointed by him in writing, or in default of such appointment, the Member present who shall stand first in order of
precedence, shall preside at every meeting of said Council. All questions brought before the
Council shall be decided by the majority of the Votes given, and the Governor or Presiding
Member shall have an Original Vote on all such questions, and also a Casting Vote if the Votes
fehall be equally divided.
8. No business (except that of adjournment) shall be transacted unless there shall be present
Four Members of Council, besides the Governor or Presiding Member.
9. The Council shall, in the transaction of business and passing of Laws, conform as nearly
as may be to the directions conveyed in that behalf to the Governor of British Columbia, iu
certain Instructions under the Sign Manual and Signet, bearing date the 2nd day of S3ptember,
1858, until otherwise provided by US, and to such further Instructions under the said Sign
Manual and Signet as may hereafter be addressed to the Governor in that behalf.
10. Subject to such Instructions the Council may make Standing Rules and Orders for the
regulation of their own proceedings.
11. No Law shall take effect until the Governor shall have assented to the same on behalf
of Her Majesty, and shall have assigned the same in token of such assent.
12. Her Majesty may, by Order in Council or through one of Her Principal Secretaries of
State, disallow any Law passed by the said Governor and Council, at any time within two
years after such Law shall have been received by the Secretary of State, and every Law so
disallowed shall become null and void so soon as the disallowance thereof shall be published
in the Colony, by authority of the Governor.
13. If any Councillor shall become Bankrupt or Insolvent, or shall be convicted of any
criminal offence, or shall absent himself from British Columbia for more than three months,
without leave from the Governor, the Governor may declare in writing that his seat at the
Council is vacant, and immediately on the publication of such declaration he shall cease to be
a Member of the Council.
14. The Governor may, by writing under his hand and seal, suspend any Legislative Councillor from the exercise of his office, proceeding therein in such manner as may from time to
time be enjoined by any such Instructions as aforesaid, and until otherwise ordered according
to such directions, respecting the suspension of Public Officers, as are contained in the above-
mentioned Instructions, bearing date the 2nd day of September, 1858. And the Most Noble
the Duke of Newcastle, one of Her Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, is to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.
ARTHUR HELPS.
The Governor's Speech was listened to with profound attention.
The Governor then took his seat, and Judge Begbie, by His Excellency's instructions,
administered the Oaths of Abjuration and Allegiance to the Members present.
Judge Begbie then declared the Legislative Council duly open.
His Excellency the Governor then took his leave.
The Attorney General having then taken his seat as Presiding Member, requested permission
to read pro forma "The Confirmatory Ordinance, 1864."
The Presiding Member put it to the Council whether this Ordinance be read the first
time pro forma.
Carried unanimously.
The Presiding Member read "The Confirmatory Ordinance, 1864," accordingly.
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The Council then adjourned till the 22nd instant, at 3 o'clock in the aft<
Friday the 22nd day of January, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. The Collector of Customs, The Hon.
Messrs. Brew, O'Keilly, Sanders, Ball, Homer, Holbrook, and Orr.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting having been read over and confirmed,
The Hon. The Collector of Customs moved the reply to the Governor's Speech. 25th JANUARY.
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The Hon. Mr. Brew seconded the motion.
On the motion being put, the Council divided:
Ayes 7.    Noes 1.
So it was resolved in the affirmative,
That steps be taken, before other business is commenced, to prepare a reply to the Speech
which The Governor was pleased, yesterday, to deliver to this Council, for the purpose o:f
assuring His Excellency of our hearty co-operation at all times, and in every way that may
tend to the advancement of the Colony and the welfare of its inhabitants; and that a Committee be appointed for this purpose.
Ordered, That the following be appointed a Committee for the purpose:—The Bon. The
Collector of Customs, The Hon. Messrs. Brew, O'Reilly, Homer, and Holbrook.
The Hon. Mr. Homer moved that a Committee be formed for drafting Rules of Order.
The Hon. Mr. Ball seconded the motion.
On the motion being put to the Council, it was carried unanimously.
It was therefore Resolved That a Committee be appointed to draft Rules of Order for the
transaction of the business of the Council.
Ordered, That the following be appointed a Committee for the purpose:—The Holt.
Messrs. Brew, Sanders, Ball, Homer and Orr.
The Hon. Mr. Orr asked leave to bring, in a Bill to empower the Governor to grant the right to
Mining Companies to enter into occupied ground for the purpose of drainage.
Ordered, That leave be granted.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook asked leave to bring in a Bill to improve the Harrison River Rapids
and to raise funds for payment of that work.
Ordered, That leave be granted.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook asked leave to bring in a Bill for the relief of the owners of Town Lots
at Douglas.
Ordered, That leave be granted.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook gave notice of motion*.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly moved "That this House do now adjourn till Monday next, the 25th
instant, for the purpose of receiving the Report of the Committee appointed to draw up
Rules of Order.
The Hon. Mr. Sanders seconded the motion.
On the motion being put, it was carried nem. con.
The Council was then adjourned till Monday the 25th instant, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon'
accordingly. |
Monday, the 25th day of January, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. The- Collector of Customs, The Hon,
Messrs. Brew, O'Reilly, Sanders, Ball, Homer, Holbrook, and Orr.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were then read over and confirmed.
The Hon. The Collector of Customs, Chairman of Committee for framing a reply to Governor's
Address, reported progress.
The reply as drawn up by the Committee was received and adopted, and is as followeth:—■
To His Excellency Governor Sir James Douglas, K.C.B.,
&c, &c, &c.
New Westminster,
25th Januarv 1864.
Sin:
The humble address of the Legislative Council of British Columbia.
- We, the Legislative Council of British Columbia, have had placed before us for our consideration, a copy of the Speech which Your Excellency did us the honor to address to us, at the
opening of the Legislative Council, on the 21st instant. In reply we are happy to be able to
take this early opportunity to join with Your Excellency in expressing our satisfaction at find- k'CMt.lii
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ing that a first step has been taken by Her Majesty's Government, towards admitting a portion
of the people to a share in the management of the Public affairs of the Colony. We desire also
to express our sense of the responsibility devolving on us, and our earnest resolve to act in concert with Your Excellency, to the best of our ability, in framing future Laws for the country,
with the great object in view of advancing the interests of all classes of the community.
2. We think that Your Excellency is justly entitled to speak in terms of pride and satisfaction, of the efforts that have been made in so small a population for estabhshing the thoroughfares necessary for our traffic; a great further expense we know must follow for the maintenance
and extension of our roads and other works, but this we trust will be regarded by the people
at large, as by ourselves, in its true light of an investment for the public good, rather than as a
burden to be imposed on the industry of the Colony.
3. We shall wait with anxiety to be made acquainted with Your Excellency's views for the
proposed modifications in the Mining laws.
4. The Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure for the coming year, it is almost needless to
say, will be most carefully considered, as well as the proposal for the great project of communication between this country and Canada.
5. In the opinion of the inexpediency of making grants of public money for the endowment
of a Church, we think it right to record our entire concurrence. We think it right also to state
that every plan that is practicable for the encouragement of Education will be received with
pleasure.
6. We feel scarcely competent, at the commencement of our duties, to enter minutely into
the great questions affecting the well-being of the Colony, but we trust that whatever measures
may be devised for the increase of trade, for. promoting immigration, for the satisfactory settlement of occupiers of land, and for affording protection to the Native Tribes and securing good
order among them, will be found to be successful.
7. In deliberating on these and other matters to be developed hereafter, we shall trust humbly to the sincerity of purpose with which we undertake the duties of our office, and to the
guidance we shall receive from the wisdom and experience matured by Your Excellency in
conducting hitherto the Government of the Colony.
Henry P. Pellew Crease,
Presiding Member.
The Hon. Mr. Brew, from the Committee for drawing up Rules of Order, reported progress.
The Rules as drawn up by the Committee were received and the Committee discharged.
The Rules were then read over by sections, and decided upon.
The Hon. Mr. Sanders moved That the above Rules be printed.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly seconded the motion.
On the question being put, motion carried nem. con.
So it was Resolved, That the Rules of Order be printed, and that a copy be supplied to
each Member for his guidance.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook moved for a Return of Tonnage Dues-
The Hon. Mr. Homer seconded the motion.
On the question being put, carried nem. con.
So it was Resolved That an application be respectfully made to His Excellency the Governor for a Return of the amount of Tonnage Dues paid to the Customs since their establishment, 1st January, 1860, to date; to be supplied for the information of the Council, and that
the same be laid on the table.
The Hon. Mr. Homer gave three notices of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook gave four notices of motion.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly gave a notice of motion.
The Council then adjourned till the 26th instant, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.
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Tuesday, the 26th day of January, 1864,
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. The Collector of Customs, The Hon.
Messrs. Brew, O'Reilly, Sanders, Ball, Homer, Holbrook, and Orr.
• The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook asked leave to withdraw the Bill for Relief of Lot owners in the Town
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Ordered, that leave be granted.
The Pesiding Member and the Junior Member of the Council were deputed to deliver the reply
to the Governor's address.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook moved for a Survey of Pemberton Meadows.
The Hon. Mr. Homer seconded the motion.
On the question being put the Council divided, and the Clerk was requested to take down
the names, which were as follows:
Ayes, 3.
The Hon. Mr. Homer,
Uj_«i»»>_r.tj»-
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook,
The Hon. Mr. Orr.
Motion lost,
Noes, 5.
The Hon. Mr. Hamley,
The Hon. Mr. Brew,
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly,
The Hon. Mr. Sanders,
The Hon. Mr. Ball.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook moved for open sittings of Council.
The Hon Mr. Homer seconded the motion.
The Hon. Mr. Brew proposed an amendment.
The Hon. Mr. Orr seconded the same.
The Hon. Mr. Sanders proposed a further amendment. |
The Hon. Mr. Ball seconded the same.
On The Hon. Mr. Sanders' amendment being put, the Council divided, and the Clerk was
requested to take down the names, which were as follows:—
Ayes, 5. Noes, 4.
The Hon. The Collector of Customs, The Hon. Mr. Brew,
The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. Mr. Homer,
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly, The Hon. Mr. Holbrook,
The Hon. Mr. Sanders, The Hon. Mr. Orr.
The Hon. Mr. Ball.
So The Hon. Mr. Sanders amendment was carried,
And it was therefore Resolved, That the Press be supplied, if requested, with the minutes
of the proceedings in Council, by the Clerk, and that the doors be closed to strangers.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook's motion for Printing Bills was Ordered to be laid on the table for consideration.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook gave notice-of motion.
The Council then adjourned till the 27th instant, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.
Wednesday, the 27 th day of January, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. Messrs. Brew, O'Reilly, Sanders, Ball,
Homer, and Orr.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Presiding Member read a communication from the Governor, forwarding copy of correspondence
in regard to project for Postal and Telegraph communicationsvi& Canada.
A day was fixed for consideration.
On the Order of the day being read for the first reading of Hon. Mr. Holbrook's Bill for improving
Harrison River Rapids,
Orde?*ed to be postponed.
On die Order of the day being read for the first reading of The Hon. Mr. Orr's Bill for promoting
drainage of Mines, -
The Bill was read first and second times, and Ordei*ed to be Committed presently.
On the Order of the day being read for the first reading of the Confirmatory Ordinance,
Read first time accordingly.
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The Council went into Committee of the whole on The Hon. Mr. Orr's Bill for promoting the drainage of Mining Districts.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Chairman of the Committee reported progress, and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered, That leave be granted.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook's motion dropped.
The Hon. Mr. Homer gave two notices of motion.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly gave two notices of motion.
The Council then adjourned till the 28th instant, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.
Thursday, the 28th day of January, 1864,
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. The Collector of Customs, The Hon. Messrs.
Brew, O'Reilly, Sanders, Ball, Homer, and Orr.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
~~ The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly asked leave to bring in a Bill entitled The Gold Fields' Amendment Act.
Ordered, That leave be granted.
The Council went into Committee of the whole on the Estimates.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding {Member resumed the Chair.
The Chairman reported progress, and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered, That leave be granted.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Confirmatory Ordinance, it was
read a second time.   Ordered to be committed on 1st February
The Council in Committee of the whole on The Hon. Mr. Orr's Bill for promoting the drainage of
Mining Districts.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Chairman of the Committee reported progress, and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered, That leave be granted.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly moved for two new Rules of Order, to be added to those already adopted by
the Council.
The Hon. Mr. Brew seconded the motion.
The motion being put to the Council, it was carried unanimously.
It was therefore Resolved, That the Council can, by motion of any Member, suspend the
Standing Orders for the time being without notice, and that all Bills and Motions thrown out
cannot be brought forward again during the Session.
The Council then adjourned till the 29th instant, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.
Friday, the 29 th day of January, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General. The Hon. The Collector of Customs, The Hon. Messrs.
Brew, O'Reilly, Sanders, Ball, Homer, and Orr.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member. II
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The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Homer asked leave to bring in a Bill entitled An Act regulating the conveyance and
postage of Letters.
Ordered, That leave be granted.
The Council went into Committee of the whole on the Estimates.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair. •
The Chairman of Committee reported progress, and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered, That leave be granted^
The Council then adjourned till Saturday the 30th instant, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon.
Saturday, the 30th day of January, 1864.
The Council met at 2 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General,  The Hon. Messrs. Brew, O'Reilly,   Sanders,   Ball,
Homer, and Orr.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Council went into Committee of the whole on Mr. Orr's Bill for promoting the drainage of
Mines.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Chairman reported progress, and asked leave for the Bill to be re-committed.
Ordered, That leave be granted.
The Council went again into a Committee of the whole on The Hon. Mr. Orr's Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman handed in report.
Report adopted
The Hon. Mr. Orr's Bill to promote the drainage of Mines, was then read the third time
and passed.
The Council went into Committee of the whole on the Estimates.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Chairman reported progress, and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered, That leave be granted.
The Chairman handed in a Resolution of the Committee, which was put to the Council
and adopted.
It was therefore Resolved, That His Excellency be requested to lay before this Council at
an early date, a detailed statement of the expenditure of Revenue for the year 1863.
The Council then adjourned till Monday the 1st February, at 12 o'clock at n
oon.
Monday, the 1st day of February, 1864,
The Council met at 12 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present—The Hon   The Attorney General, The Hon. The Collector  of  Customs, The  Hon,
Messrs. Brew, O'Reilly, Sanders, Ball, Homer, and Orr.
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The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Homer asked leave to bring in Bills entitled the Customs Amendment Act. and
Gold Export Duty Act.
Leave deferred.
On the Order of the day being read for the first reading of Gold Fields' Amendment Act,
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly asked leave to have the first reading postponed.
Ordered, That leave be granted.
The Council went into Committee of the whole on the Confirmatory Ordinance.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Orr in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Bill gone through without amendments.
The Confirmatory Ordinance was then read the third time and passed.
The Hon. Mr. Homer asked leave to postpone the first reading of the Postal Bill.
Ordered, That leave be granted.
The Council went into Committee of the whole on the Estimates.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and reported progress.
Report accepted, and Supplies to the amount £135,639 16s. 7d., were duly voted.
The Hon. Mr. Orr gave notice of motion.
The Council then adjourned till Tuesday, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.
Tuesday, the 2nd day of February, 1864.
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The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General,  The Hon. The Collector of Customs, The Hon.
Messrs. O'Reilly, Sanders, Ball, Homer, and Orr.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly moved the following Resolution,
The Hon. The Collector of Customs seconded the same.
On the question being put it was carried nem. con.
It was therefore Resolved, That the Governor be respectfully applied to to provide for the
following expenditure by Supplementary Estimate, the same having been recommended by
the Committee of Supply, and such recommendation having been adopted in the Council:—
Legislative Council.
Stationery, fuel, &c, in addition      £100
I Attorney General's Department.
Clerk, in addition to salary   50
Gaol Department, New Westminster,
Addition to Warden's Salary            100
Exploring in Interior.
Additional         500
Charitable Allowances.
Education, additional            500
Hospitals, additional             600
Repairs of Yale and Clinton Road.
Additional |      3,000
New Westminster.
Roads in and about, to Pitt Meadows, Burrard Inlet, and Harrison River    10,000
Hope and Rock Creek Road.
Repairs        1,000
Salary for Pilot         100
Inspector of Steam Boilers.
Salary         400
In aid of Volunteer Rifles, New Westminster         250
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That His Excellency be also acquainted with the following recommendations of the Committee:  TIT. T   J   '      X"k
1. That the Salary voted for the Deputy Postmaster at Williams Lake be applied in the
Upper Country. B| , .
2. That His Excellency be asked to recommend to Her Majesty's Government the appointment of an additional Judge in the Colony.
3. That the sum of £1,000 recommended for Hospital purposes be divided equally between
Cariboo and New Westminster.
4. That His Excellency be respectfully asked for information in regard to the expense,
entered in the Estimates, on account of the Light Houses at Race Rocks and Fisgard Island,
Vancouver Island, whether a written contract exists rendering the annual payment of these
sums imperative on this Colony, and If so, for what period, and that the Council may be supplied with copies of any documents relating to the matter.
The Hon. Mr. Homer proposed the following Resolution,
The Hon. Mr. Ball seconded the same.   5^^"
On the question being put it was carried nem. con.
So it was Resolved, That the Postal, Customs, Gold Export, Light Ship, and Mint questions be discussed in Committee of the whole house, for the purpose of laying recommendations on these points before. His Excellency The Governor.
The Hon. Mr. Orr proposed the following Resolution,
The Hon. Mr. Homer seconded the same.
On the question being put it was carried nem. con.
So it was therefore Resolved, That His Excellency be requested to impress on Her Majesty's Government the hardship of compelling this Colony to pay the sum of £10,7 60 16s. 7d.
for the erection of the buildings at the Camp, lately occupied by the Royal Engineers, as the
same should be strictly an Imperial charge.
The Council then adjourned till Thursday, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.
Thursday the 4th day of February, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. The Collector of Customs, The Hon.
Messrs. Brew, O'Reilly, Ball, Homer, Holbrook, and Orr.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Presiding Member read a communication from His Excellency The Governor, transmitting
a Return of Tonnage Dues called for by the Council.
Ordered, That the Return be laid on the table.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook read a Petition from certain Traders and Merchants, praying for the improvement of the Harrison River Rapids.
Ordered, That a day be fixed for consideration thereof.
The Hon. Mr. Homer read a Petition from certain of the inhabitants of the District of New Westminster, praying for the improvement of the Roads in that District.
Ordered, To be laid upon the table.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly asked leave to postpone first reading of his Bill for the amendment of the
(xold Laws.
Ordered, That leave be granted.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook's motion deferred.
The Council went into Committee of the whole on the Telegraph and Postal project, via Canada
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Horn Mr. Brew in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Chairman of Committee reported progress, and asked leave to sit a^ain.
Ordered, That leave be granted. °
The Hon. Mr. Orr gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook gave notice of motion.
The Council then adjourned till Friday the 5th instant, at 3 o'clock in the after
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Friday, the 5th day of February, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. The Collector of Customs, The Hon,
Messrs. O'Reilly, Ball, Homer, Holbrook, and Orr.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Council went into Committee of Supply.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose, and the Chairman reported the adoption of the Bill of Supply of
£135,639 16s. 7d. for the service of the year 1864, by the Committee, and their recommendation that the Bill be now read a first time,
The question of the first reading of the Bill of Supply being put to the Council,
Ordered, That the Bill be now read the first time.
Bill read first time accordingly.
The question of the immediate second reading and committal of the Bill of Supply having
been put to the Council,
Ordered, That the Bill of Supply be now read a second time and committed.
The Bill was then read a second time.
The Council went into Committee of the whole on the Bill of Supply.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair. *
The Committee rose, and the Chairman reported the Bill passed without amendments.
The question of the third reading of the Bill having been put to the Council,
Ordered, That the Bill be now read the third time.
The Standing Orders having been suspended,
The Bill was read a third time and passed.
The Council went into a Committee of the whole on Postal matters.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose, and the Chairman handed in Report.
Report adopted.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Ball, seconded by The Hon.. Mr. Orr,
It was Resolved, That the following Resolutions of the Committee of the whole on Postal
matters be transmitted to His Excellency the Governor, with the notes furnished by The
Hon. Mr. Homer for a Postal system.
Resolutions of Committee.
Resolved, That His Excellency be requested to furnish this Council with a statement of
the number of Letters forwarded through the Post Office during the year 1863, and such
other details as will assist this Council in arriving at a definite conclusion, with regard to a
thorough Postal system.
Resolved, That the Governor be requested to originate a Bill for a Postal system, based on
the notes furnished by the Honorable Member for New Westminster.
On the motion of The Hon. Mr. Orr,
Seconded by The Hon. Mr. Homer,
Resolved, That His Excellency be requested to furnish the Council with a statement of the
amount of Crown Lands disposed of in this Colony, and the names of the parties to whom
the said lands were sold, and the price at which said lands were sold.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook asked if the Government had received any advice of the accident which
had happened to the Douglas road, between Pemberton and Anderson Lakes> and whether
they will repair the same.
The Attorney General replied.
The Council then adjourned till Wednesday, 17th February, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.
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Wednesday the 17th day of February, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. The Collector of Customs, The Hon.
Messrs. Brew, O'Reilly, Sanders, Ball, Homer, Holbrook, and Orr. I
The Hon. The Collector of Customs, being the Senior Member present at 3 o clock, took
the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Presiding Member laid on the table, by order of the Governor, the Return called for by the
Council on Postal matters, t
And read a communication from His Excellency stating that the Resolution of the Council in regard to the Colony being charged with the expense of the Royal Engineer Barracks
at the Camp, New Westminster, should be duly forwarded to Her Majesty's Government.
Ordered, To be laid on the table.
The Presiding Member read a further communication from His Excellency, acknowledging
the receipt of the Resolution of the Council in Committee of Supply, and stating that the
recommendations therein made should meet with his best consideration.
Ordered, To be laid on the table.
The Hon. Mr. Orr presented a Petition from Walter Moberly.
Petition received and read.
Ordered, To be considered on Friday next.
The Council then went into a Committee of the whole on the Overland Telegraph project.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Brew in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported progress, handing in a Resolution of the
Committee for the adoption of the Council, and for transmission to His Excellency the Governor.
Then it was, on the motion of The Hon. Attorney General,
The Hon. Mr. Homer seconding the motion.
Resolved, That this Council, while earnestly desirous of facilitating any practical scheme of
of communication over the American Continent with England by road and telegraph, and of
contributing the proportion fairly due by this Colony, as its share of the cost of the undertaking, is, in the present state of its information on the subject of the proposals laid before
this Council by His Grace the Duke of Newcastle, on behalf of the Pacific Transit and Telegraph Company, and their ability to carry out the same, unable to pledge the. Revenues of
the Colony to the extent proposed.
The Order of the day being read for the first reading of the Bill brought in by The Hon. Mr.
O'Reilly, entitled the Gold Fields' Act,
The Bill was accordingly read for the first time and ordered to be read a second time oji
Monday next.
The Council then went into Committee of the whole on the matter of amending the Customs
Laws.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported progress, handing in a Resolution of the
Committee for the consideration of the Council.
Then on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Homer,
Seconded by The Hon. Mr. Orr
Resolved, That His Excellency be requested to frame a Customs Tariff Bill based on the
suggestions of The Hon. Mr. Homer, and to submit the same to the Council at an early period.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly, the Council adjourned till Thursday the 18th
instant, at 8 o clock in the afternoon. 27° YICTORDE.
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Thursday, the 18tl
aay of February, 1864,
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General,  The Hon. Messrs. O'Reilly, Sanders, Ball, Homer
Holbrook, and Orr.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Presiding Member read a communication from His Excellency the Governor covering a
proposal from Messrs. Janion, Green and others to place Steam Traction Engines on the
roads of British Columbia.
Ordered, To be printed, and to be considered on Tuesday next.
On motion of The Hon. The Attorney General,
Ordered, That the first reading of the Loan Act be postponed till Tuesday next.
The Council then went into Committee of the whole on the Gold Export Duty question.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and reported progress. The Chairman handed in a Resolution of the
Committee for the adoption of the Council and transmission to His Excellency the Governor.
Then on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Homer,
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook seconding,
Resolved, That this Council recommend His Excellency the Governor to frame a Bill for
the purpose of imposing an Export duty on Gold leaving this Colony, the said duty to be two
shillings (2s.) an ounce on unmanufactured Gold, and one shilling (Is.) an ounce on assayed
Gold.
The Hon. Mr. Orr, gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook gave notice of motions.'
The Hon. Mr. Homer gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Ball gave notice of motion.
Then on the motion of The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly, the Council adjourned till Friday, at 3 o'clock in
the afternoon.
Friday, the 19th day of February, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. The Collector of Customs, The Hon. Messrs.
Brew, O'Reilly, Sanders, Ball, Homer, Holbrook, and Orr.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Orr asked The Hon. Attorney General, For information respecting the Sale of
Town Lots in Richfield, Barkerville, and Cameron town, Cariboo East; and also whether His
Excellency has received a Memorial, relative to the above, from the inhabitants of said towns?
The Hon. Attorney General replied.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook asked The Hon. Attorney General, Whether any communication has
beun received from His Excellency the Governor in answer to the Petition from the Merchants and others of Douglas, asking for improvement of the Harrison Rapids, and, if not,
when it will be "received, to enable the improvements necessary to be considered by this
■ House, and a recommendation for a Bill to be given ?
The Hon. Attorney General replied.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook asked The Hon. Attorney General, If the Government will, before tenders are received for the Repair of the Roads, place the Pemberton Roads in such a state to
allow the transport of goods to be proceeded with, the road being now stopped ?
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The Hon. Mr. Homer moved for a Return of the expense of the Coining Apparatus at New Westminster.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook seconding the motion.
The motion being put it was carried nem. con.
It was therefore Resolved, That His Excellency The Governor be requested to lay before
the Council what information and papers he may have in his possession relative to the cost
of erection and the annual cost of working the Coining Establishment in New Y\ estminster.
The Hon. Mr. Ball asked leave to bring in a Bill entitled the Thompson River Bridge Act.
Ordered, That The Hon. Mr. Ball have leave to bring in the said Bill.
He presented said Bill accordingly, and the same was received, and Ordered to be read the
first time forthwith.    Read first time accordingly.
The Hon. Mr. Ball moved that this Bill be now read a second time. The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly
seconding.
A debate arose thereupon, and the question being put the Council divided.
Ayes, 6.    Noes, 3.
So it was Resolved in the affirmative.
Ordered, That this Bill be now read a second time forthwith.
The Bill was read a second time accordingly, and committed to a Committee of the whole
forthwith.
Council in Committee of the whole on the Thompson River Bridge Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Hamley in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Chairman of Committee reported progress, and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered, That leave be granted.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Hamley, the Council adjourned till Monday, the 22nd inst.,
at 12 o'clock at noon.
Monday, the 22nd day of February, 1864.
The Council met at 12 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General,  The Hon. The Collector of Customs, The Hon.
Messrs. Brew, O'Reilly, Sanders, Ball, Homer, Holbrook, and Orr.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
Ordered, That the consideration of the Light Ship question be taken up at a future time.
The Council went into Committee of the whole on Thompson River Bridge Bill, according to order.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Hamley in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose, and the Chairman reported the Bill passed with certain amendments.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Ball,
The Hon. Mr. Orr seconding,
Ordered, That this Bill be now read the third time.
Read the third time accordingly.
Resolved, That the Bill be passed, and the title- to be the i Thompson River Bridge Toll
Act, 1864." &
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Gold Fields Bill.
The Hon. Mr. Ball moved and the question was proposed "That the Bill be now read the
second time."
Ordered, That the Bill be now read a second time.
The Bill was accordingly read the second time and committed to a Committee of the whole
Council forthwith.
The Council resolved itself into the said Committee.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Chairman reported progress, several clauses passed with amendments, and asked leave to
sit again.
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The Hon. Mr. Orr gave notice of a Resolution for the consideration of the Council.
The Hon. Mr. Ball gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook gave notice of motion.
Then on the motion of The Hon. Mr* O'Reilly, the Council adjourned till Tuesday, the 23rd instant,
at 12 o'clock at noon.
Tuesday, the 23rd day of February, 1864.
The Council met at 12 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. Messrs. O'Reilly, Sanders, Ball, Homer*
Holbrook, and Orr.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Orr moved the following Resolution,
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook seconding,
Resolved, That in order to encourage exploration and a more thorough development of the
resources of this Colony, His Excellency be requested to offer the following rewards, and include the amount in a Supplementary Estimate, viz:
£500 for the first vein of quartz successfully worked by machinery in this Colony, and
producing either Gold or Silver.
£500 for the first 200 tons of good Coal, produced in the Colony, and shipped to any
Foreign Port.
£500 for the first Vessel built in the Colony, of not less than 500 tons burthen.
£500 for the first piece of Machinery manufactured in a foundry in the Colony from
the native Iron ore.
£500 for any new alluvial Mining district sufficiently extensive to give remunerative labour to not less than 500 men for six months.
That the above be published in both Colonies in the Public Journals.
On the question being put to the Council it was carried nem. con.
On the Order of the day being read for the first reading of the Trades Licence Act.
The Hon. Mr* Ball moved for leave to postpone the first reading of said Bill.
Ordered, To be read the first time to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook moved for a Select Committee to regulate the introduction of Private Bills.
A debate arose thereupon.
On the question being put the Council divided.
Ayes, 3.    Noes, 4.
The Presiding Member giving an original and casting vote in the negative.
So it passed in the negative.
The Council proceeded to discuss the Traction Engine scheme.
On the motion of The Hon. Mr. Sanders,   -
Ordered, That the following be appointed to form a select Committee for enquiring into
the proposed scheme for introducing Steam Traction Engines into this Colony, viz:
The Hon. Mr. Sanders, Chairman, The Hon. Messrs. O'Reilly, Ball, and Orr.
Ordered, That the consideration of the Light Ship and Mint question be taken up on a day to be
named.
The Order of the day for the committal of the Gold Fields' Bill having been read, the Council
resolved itself into Committee of the whole on the said Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Bill passed with certain amendments.
On the Order of the day being read for the first reading of the Loan Bill.
The Hon. Attorney General asked leave to postpone first reading of the said Bill.
Ordered, That the first reading of Loan Bill be postponed, a day to be named.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Homer gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Orr, gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook gave notice of motion.
Then on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Orr, the Council adjourned till Wednesday, the 24th February, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.
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Wednesday the 24th day of February, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. Messrs. O'Reilly, Sanders, Ball, Nind,
Holbrook, and Orr.
The Attorney General in the Chair .as Presiding Member.
Philip Henry Nind, Esq., a Justice of the Peace for the Colony of British Columbia, being entered within the Council Chamber, was introduced to the Hon. the Presiding Member, and
the Oath prescribed by law having been duly administered to him by the Judge of the Supreme Court, who attended, at His Excellency the Governor's instance, for that purpose,
took his seat as a Member of this Council.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
Petition presented by the Hon. Mr. Orr, from Merchants and Traders of British Columbia, praying for the establishment of a Mounted Police Force.    Petition read.
Ordered, That it be received, and considered on Thursday next.
Hon. Mr. O'Reilly's motion deferred.
Mon. Mr. Orr moved for a day to be named for the re-committal of the Gold Fields' Bill.
Hon. Mr. Holbrook seconding.
Hon. Mr. Ball moved an amendment That the Bill be now read the third time and passed.
On the amendment being put the Council divided, and the names were taken down as
follows:
Ayes, 5. NoeSs 4.
Hon. Mr. Nind,
Hon. Mr. Homer,
Hon. Mr. Holbrook,
Hon. Mr. Orr.
Hon. Mr. O'Reilly,
Hon. Mr. Sanders,
Hon. Mr. Ball.
Hon. Attorney General,
The Hon. Attorney General giving an original and casting vote in the affirmative.
So it was Resolved in the affirmative, and
Ordered, That the Gold Fields' Bill be now read a third time and passed.
Read a third time accordingly.
Resolved, That this Ordinance do pass and be entitled the "Gold Fields' Act, 1864."
The Council then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole on the Light Ship question.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
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The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman handed in Report and a Resolution of the
Committee for the consideration of the Council.
Report adopted
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Homer,
Hon. Mr. Holbrook seconding,
Resolved, That this Council recommend His Excellency the Governor to appropriate the
sum of Three Thousand Pounds (£3,000) for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a
wooden Light Ship at the Sand Heads, near the entrance of Fraser River, (said ship to be
built in this Colony), and the amount to be Included in the Supplementary Estimates.
The Order of the day being read for the first reading of the Trades Licence Bill,
The Bill was read for the first time accordingly.
Ordered, That the Bill be read a second time on Friday next.
Hon. Mr. Orr gave notice of motion.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Attorney General, the Council adjourned till Thursday, the 25th
inst., at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.
Thursday, the 25th day of February, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. The Collector of Customs, The Hon,
Messrs. O'Reilly, Sanders, Ball, Nind, Homer, Holbrook, and Orr.
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The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Sanders, Chairman of the Select Committee appointed to report in reference to the
Traction Engine Scheme, brought up a Report accordingly.
Report adopted.
Hon. Mr. Homer moved for a reward to be offered for the erection of the first Grist Mill in British
Columbia.
The Hon. Mr. Orr seconding.
A debate arose thereupon, and the Council divided on the question being put,
Ayes, 4.    Noes, 2.
So it was Resolved in the affirmative,
That this Council recommend His Excellency the Governor to appropriate the sum of
Two hundred and fifty pounds (£250) for the first Grist Mill which may be erected in the
Colony, said Mill to be capable of grinding not less than fifty bushels of wheat per day.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly moved that the duties of the Auditor General should be separated from
those of the Colonial Secretary, and that proper provision should be made,
The Hon. Mr. Orr seconding.
A debate arose thereupon.
The Council divided on the question being put.
Ayes, 6.    Noes, 2.
So it was Resolved in the affirmative,
That His Excellency the Governor be respectfully requested to take steps for separating
the duties of the Auditor's Department from those of the Colonial Secretary, and that a suitable provision be made for an Auditor General's establishment.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook's motion dropped.
The Hon. Mr. Orr moved the following resolution,
Hon- Mr. Holbrook seconding,
And the question on being put was carried nemine contradicente.
It was therefore Resolved, That His Excellency be requested to appoint Justices of the
Peace, resident in the interior of British Columbia, with such powers as His Excellency may
deem necessary.
The Council then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to consider the Petition of Merchants and others for a Mounted Police.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Nind in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose, and the Chairman reported progress, handing in a Resolution for the
adoption of the Council.
Ordered, That the Report be received.
Then on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Orr,
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook seconding,
Resolved, That the Petition before the House for the establishment of a Mounted Police
Force be referred to a Select Committee, said Committee to be composed of the Hon. Messrs.
Brew, O'Reilly, Nind, Ball, and Homer.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly, the Council adjourned till Friday the 26th
instant, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.
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Friday, the 26th day of February, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. Messrs. Homer, Holbrook, and Orr.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Presiding Member counted the House, and it was found that five Members were not present,
although it was 3 of the clock.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Orr the Council adjourned till Monday, the 29th instant, at -3
o'clock in the afternoon. R
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Monday, the 29th day of February, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General, The  Hon. The^ Collector  of  Customs, The  Hon.
Messrs. Brew, Sanders, Ball, Nind, Homer, Holbrook, and Black.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
"Walter Shaw Black, Esquire, being entered within the Council Chamber was introduced to the Hon.
The Presiding Member, and the Oath prescribed by Law having been duly administered to him
by the Presiding Member, took his seat as a Member of the Council.
The Minutes of the two previous Meetings were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. The Presiding Member read a message from His Excellency The Governor to the Council, signifying that he had given his assent to the following Ordinances, viz:
No. 1.    An Ordinance to promote the Drainage of Mines.
No. 2.    An Ordinance confirming certain Proclamations.
No. 3. An Ordinance to supply the sum of One hundred and thirty-five thousaud 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.
No. 4.    An Ordinance to extend and improve the Laws relating to Gold Mining.
No. 5.    An Ordinance for the construction of a Toll Bridge over Thompson River.
The Hon. The Presiding: Member read a further message from His Excellency The Governor, recom-
mending to the favorable consideration of the Council, the application of Horace W. Carpentier,
President of the California State Telegraph Cornpany, for certain privileges in connection with
the establishment of a Telegraph between New Westminster and San Francisco.
The Hon. The Presiding Member read the Petition of George Hooper, praying the Council to
institute Auction Licences.
Ordered, To be laid on the table.
The Hon. Mr. Brew from the select Committee appointed to report in reference to the establishment of a^Mounted Police force in British Columbia, handed in Report of the Committee.
Consideration deferred.
The Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Trades Licences Bill.
The Bill was read a second time accordingly.
Then on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Ball,
Ordered, That the Bill be now committed to a Committee of the whole forthwith.
The Council resolved itself into the said Committee accordingly.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Sanders in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose, and the Chairman reported the Bill passed with certain amendments.
Then on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Ball,
Ordered, That this Bill be now read the third time.
Bill read the third time accordingly.
Resolved, That the Bill do pass and the title be "The Trades Licences Amendment Act,
1864."
The Order of the day being read for the first reading of the Loan Bill.
The Bill was read first time accordingly.
Ordered, To be read the second time on Monday next, and to be printed.
The Hon. Mr. Nind gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr Homer gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Sanders gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook gave notice of motion.
Then on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Ball the Council adjourned till Tuesday, the 1st March at
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Tuesday, the 1st day of March, 1864,
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Horn The Attorney General,  The Hon. The Collector of Customs, The Hon.
Messrs. Ball, Nind, Homer, Holbrook, and Black.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Nind asked leave to bring in a Bill for increasing the penalty for sale of Liquors
to Indians.
Ordered, That leave be granted, and that the Bill be read the first time on Thursday next.
The Hon. Mr. Homer moved a Resolution that application be made to the Governor to expend
£20,000 in the erection of Public Buildings at New "Westminster.
The Hon. Mr. Ball moved as amendment that £10,000 be substituted for £20,000.
On the question being put for the amendment the Council divided.
Ayes, 4.    Noes, 3.
So it was Resolved, in the affirmative, that the sum of £20,000 be altered to £10,000.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook asked leave to bring in a Bill for the establishment of Telegraph com
munication between New Westminster and San Francisco.
Ordered, That leave be granted.
So he handed in the said Bill which was received, and on the motion of The Hon. Mr.
Holbrook, it was Ordered, that the said Bill be now read the first time.
Read the first time accordingly.
The Hon. Mr. Homer moved for the Bill to be read a second time forthwith.
A debate arose thereupon.
The Hon. Mr. Ball moved as an amendment that the Bill be read a second time on Thursday next.
And on the question being put the Council divided, and the names being taken down by
the Clerk, were as follows:
Ayes, 4. Noes, 3.
The Hon. Attorney General,
The Hon. Collector of Customs,
The Hon. Mr. Nind,
The Hon. Mr. Ball,
So the amendment was Resolved in the a
The Hon. Mr. Homer,
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook,
The Hon. Mr. Black.
[Urinative.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook asked leave to bring in a Telegraph Regulation Bill.
Ordered, That leave be granted.
So he presented the said Bill which was received, and on the motion of The Hon. Mr.
Holbrook Ordered, that the Bill be now read the first time.
Bill read the first time accordingly.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Loan Bill,
On the motion of The Hon. Mr. Holbrook,
Ordered, That it do stand as the first Order of the day for to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Black gave  notice of motion.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Homer, the Council adjourned till Wednesday, at 3 o'clock
in the afternoon.
"Wednesday the 2nd day of March, 1864.
The Council met at 8 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General, The   Hon. Messrs. Nind,   Homer,   Holb
and Black. •
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member,
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
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The Hon. Mr. Black asked the Hon. Attorney General if the Gold Commissioner at Williams
Creek had been provided with an Assistant Clerk to act as Registrar.
The Hon. Attorney General replied.
The Hon. Mr. Black asked the Hon. Attorney General if all monies, fees, &c, collected in the
districts of Cariboo, are to be expended in the said districts for the construction of Roads,
Bridges, &c.
The Hon. Attorney General replied.
The Hon. Mr. Black asked the Hon. Attorney General under what conditions Crown Lots were
sold at Cariboo.
The Hon. Attorney General replied.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading and committal of the Loan Bill,
Ordered, That the said Bill be now read the second time.
Bill read the second time accordingly.
The Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole on the said Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported some progress made with the Bill, and asked
leave to have it re-committed forthwith.
Ordered, That leave be granted.
The Council resolved itself again into Committee of the whole on the Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and reported the Bill passed with certain amendments.
Then on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Orr,
Ordered, That the Bill be read the third time to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Homer gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Orr gave notice of motion.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Orr the Council adjourned till Thursday, the 3rd instant, at 3
o'clock in the afternoon.
Thursday, the 3rd day of March, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The   Hon.   The Attorney General,   The   Hon. Messrs. Nind,  Homer, Holbrook, Orr,
and Black.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
A Petition presented by the Hon. Mr. Holbrook from Captain C. F. Houghton, a Settler in the
Shushwap district.
Petition received and read.
Ordered, To be considered to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Homer moved the following Resolution,
Hon. Mr. Holbrook seconding,
And the question on being put was carried nem. con.
It was therefore Resolved, That His Excellency the Governor be asked to lay before this
Council, Returns shewing the amounts received from sales of Town Lots within the limits of
the Corporation of New Westminster, and the amounts expended by the Government in
otreets and Bridges within the same.
Hon. Mr. Orr asked leave to bring in Steam Traction Engine Bill.
Hon. Mr. Nind seconding Bill.
Ordered, That leave be granted. .
He accordingly handed in the said Bill, which was received.
Then on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Orr,
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Read the first time accordingly.
Ordered, That the Bill be read the second time on Monday next.
On the Order of the day being read for the first reading of the Sale of Liquor to Indians Penalties Bill.
Ordered, That Bill be read first time accordingly.
Bill read first time accordingly.
Ordered, To be read the second time on Monday next.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the California State Telegraph
Company Bill,
Ordered, That the Bill be now read the second time and committed forthwith.
Bill  read the second time accordingly.
The Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole on this Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Black in the Chair of the Committee.
The Committee rose after sitting for some time, being found without a quorum.
The Hon. Mr. Homer, being the Senior Member present, took the Chair as Presiding
Member.
On counting the Council the Presiding Member found that Five Members were not present, and then
The Council was adjourned by The Hon. The Presiding Member, till 2 o'clock on Friday,
the 4th instant, without a question first put.
Friday, the 4th day of March, 1864.
The Council met at 2 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. The Collector of Customs, The Hon.
Messrs. Nind, Homer, Holbrook, Orr and Black.
The Hon. Mr. Nind, being the Member first in order of precedence of those present at 2
o'clock, took the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole on Captain Houghton's Petition.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. The Collector of Customs in the Chair of the Committee.
Captain Houghton was introduced into the Council Chamber, and interrogatories were put
to him by several Members.
The Committee rose.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Chairman reported progress, handing in a Resolution for the adoption of the Council.
Then on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Holbrook,
The Hon. Mr. Orr seconding,
Resolved, That this Committee recommend His Excellency the Governor to allow the
prayer of Captain C. F. Houghton's Petition for a remission of the purchase money for 1500
acres of land as a Military Settler, under the circumstances of the second Proclamation respecting Military Settlement not being known in England when that gentleman left; but not
to be any precedent for the future.
On the Order of the day being read for a second reading of the Telegraph Regulation Bill,
Ordered, To be read the second time.
Read the second time accordingly.
Ordered, To be committed on Tuesday next.
On the Order of the day being read for the third reading of the Loan Bill,
Ordered, To be read a third time,
Read a third time accordingly.
Resolved, That this Bill do pass, and that its title be "The British Columbia Loan Act,
1864."
On the motion of the Hon. The Attorney General,
Ordered, That the California State Telegraph Company Bill be re-committed.
The Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole on the said Bill.
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The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Black in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair. m
The Committee rose, and the Chairman reported the Bill passed with certain amendments.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Orr,
Ordered, To be read the third time on'Tuesday next.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook gave notice of motion.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Orr, the Council adjourned till Monday, the 7th instant, at
3 o'clock in the afternoon.
Monday, the 7th day of March, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. Messrs. O'Reilly, Nind, Homer, Orr, and
Black.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Orr presented a Petition from Messrs. Picht and Hoyt.
The same was received and read.
Ordered, To be laid on the table.
The Hon. Mr. Orr presented a further Petition, from George Hooper.
Not received.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook's motion dropped.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Steam Traction Engine Bill,
Ordered That the Bill be now read a second time and committed forthwith.
Read the second time accordingly.
The Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole on the said Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Nind in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
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The Chairman reported some progress made with the Bill, and asked leave to have it recommitted,
Ordered, That leave be granted.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Nind in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose, and the Chairman reported the Bill gone through with certain amendments.
Ordered, To be read a third time to-morrow.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Indian Liquor Sale Bill,
Ordered, That the Bill be read the second time.
Read accordingly.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Orr,
Ordered, That the Bill be committed forthwith.
The Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole accordingly on the Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.,
The Hon. Mr. Orr in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose, and the Chairman reported the Bill gone through with certain amendments.
Ordered, To be read the third time'to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Orr, gave notice of motions.
The Hon. Mr. Nind gave notice of motion.
Then on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Orr, the Council adjourned till Tuesday, the 8th March.
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Tuesday, the 8th day of March, 1864,
The Council met at 1 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. Messrs.  O'Reilly, Nind, Homer, Orr,
and Black.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Orr moved a Resolution for a Road between Hope and Yale.
On the question being put to the House it was carried nemine contradicente, and
Resolved, That His Excellency be requested to appropriate the sum of Eight thousand pounds
for the purpose of constructing a waggon-road from Hope to Yale.
The Hon. Mr. Orr moved that the third reading of the Traction Engine Bill be taken as the first
Order of the day.
Motion withdrawn.
On the Hon. Mr. Nind rising to ask leave to bring in a Bill for the amendment of the Land system
of the Colony,
The Hon. the Presiding Member stated that such a motion could not be received without
the opinion of the Governor having been previously ascertained by him, as the initiation of
all Bills belongs to the Governor.
On the Order of the day being read for the committal of the Telegraph Regulation Bill,
The committal of the Bill was laid over by the Presiding Member, until the Governor's
permission for the introduction of the Bill had been first obtained.
On the Order of the day being read for the third reading of the First Telegraph Bill,
Ordered, That the Bill be re-committed.
The Council went into a Committee of the whole on the said Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon.. Mr. Black in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose, and the Chairman reported the Bill gone through with certain
amendments.
Ordered, That the Bill be now read a third time and passed.
Bill read the third time accordingly.
Resolved, That the Bill do pass, and that the title be | The First Telegraph Act, 1864."
On the Order of the day being read for the third reading of the Steam Traction Engine Bill,
Ordered, That the Bill be read the third time.
Read the third time accordingly.
Resolved, That the Bill do pass, and that the title be the "British Columbia Steam Traction Engine Act, 1864"
The Hon. Mr. Orr gave notice of motion.'
Motion withdrawn.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Homer, the Council adjourned until Wednesday the 23rd
instant, at 3 o'clock.
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Wednesday the 23rd day of March, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General,  The Hon. The Collector of Customs, The Hon.
Messrs. O'Reilly, Homer, and Holbrook.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Homer, the Council adjourned till Wednesday next, the
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"Wednesday, the 30th day of March, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. The Collector of Customs, The Hon.
Messrs. O'Reilly, Ball, Homer, Holbrook, Orr and Black.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the two previous Meetings were read over and confirmed.
The Presiding Member read from a Government Gazette Extraordinary, bearing date this day, the
official intelligence of the birth of the Son and Heir of their Royal Highnesses the Prince
and Princess of Wales, on the 8th of January last.
Then on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Ball,
Ordered, That the Hon. Messrs. Ball, Hamley, Homer, Holbrook, and Orr, form a Select
Committee to draw up an address, congratulating their Royal Highnesses on this event.
A communication from The Hon. Mr. Nind, apologizing for his absence from the Council was read.
Ordered, To be laid on the table.
A Petition from the inhabitants of Yale in regard to the construction of a waggon-road from Hope
to Yale was read.
The Hon. Mr. Orr moved that the Petition be transmitted to His Excellency.
The Hon Mr. Holbrook moved as an amendment that this Petition be laid on the table.
On the amendment being put the Council divided.
Ayes, 2.    Noes, 3.
So it passed in the negative.
The Original motion being put,
Ayes, 3.    Noes, 2.
So it was Resolved in the affirmative, That the Petition from the inhabitants of Yale for
the immediate expenditure of the sum recommended for the construction of a road from Hope
to Yale be forwarded to His Excellency.
The Hon. Mr. Orr presented a Petition from the inhabitants of Chilwayhook and Sumass Prairies,
praying for the construction of Roads through their settlements.
Petition received and read.
Ordered, To be laid on the table.
The Hon. Mr. Black presented a Petition from the inhabitants of Williams Lake district, praying
for the construction of Roads through their settlement.
Petition received and read.
Ordered, To be considered on Monday next.
The Hon. the Presiding Member laid on the table by order of His Excellency, the following
Returns in answer to Resolutions of the Council:
A Return of the Detailed Expenditure of the Colony for 1863,
A Return containing the correspondence in reference to the construction of the Light
Houses in the Straits of Fuca.
The House went into Committee of the whole on the Mounted Police question.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Black in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose and the Chairman reported that the question had been considered, and
a Resolution moved in Committee which had been lost.
On the motion for the Presiding Member to leave the Chair on the Mint question,
Ordered, That the consideration thereof be deferred to 15th proximo.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook gave notice of 4 motions.
The Hon. Mr. Orr gave notice of motion.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Ball the Council adjourned till Friday, the Ut of April, at 8
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Friday, the 1st day of April, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. Messrs. O'Reilly, Ball, Holbrook, Orr, and
Black.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
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The Presiding Member read a communication from His Excellency, returning to the Council for
consideration their Resolution for a Gold Export Duty.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook moved that this communication be considered a fortnight hence.
Hon. Mr. Black moved that the Council go at once into Committee of the whole on the
subject.
On the amendment being put the Council divided,
Ayes, 3.    Noes, 2.
So it passed in the affirmative, and
Resolved, That the House do now go into Committee of the whole on His Excellency's
communication relative to the Export Duty on Gold.
The Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole on this question accordingly.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Ball in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose, and the Chairman handed in a Resolution for the adoption of the
House.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Orr,
Resolved, That, in the opinion of the Council, it is inexpedient to impose an Export Duty
on Gold, since the high rate of Registration Fees has been imposed on the transfer of Mining
Claims.
Hon. Mr. Holbrook moved the following Resolution :
Resolved, That His Excellency be requested to appropriate the sum of £150 out of the
General Revenue for the purpose of defraying the travelling expenses of the two Members of
Council for Cariboo East and West.
On the question being put the Council divided,
Ayes, 4.    Noes, 1.
So it was Resolved in the affirmative.
Hon, Mr. Orr presented a Petition from the inhabitants of Hope.
Received and read.
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. Orr,
Ordered, To be sent for His Excellency's consideration.
Hon. Mr. Holbrook moved for the Return of Expenditure for 1863, laid on the table, to be printed.
Ordered, To be printed.
Hon. Mr. Holbrook asked the Hon. The Attorney General if Mr. Nind had been appointed
County Court Judge at Douglas?
The Hon. The Attorney General replied.
Hon. Mr. Orr moved the following Resolution:
Resolved, That His Excellency be requested to appropriate the sum of Thirty thousand
pounds (£30,000) for the purpose of constructing roads in the District of Cariboo.
Hon. Mr. Ball moved that the words £30,000^ altered to £40,000.
On the amendment being put it was carried unanimously.
The Hon. Mr. Orr, gave notice of motion.
The Hon. The Attorney General gave notice of motion.
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Then, On the motion of The Hon. Mr. Blaek, the Council adjourned till Monday next, ai 3
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The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Collector of Customs, The   Hon. Messrs. O'Reilly, Ball, Homer, Smith,
Holbrook, Orr, and Black.
The Hon. The Collector of Customs in the Chair as Presiding Member.
R. T. Smith, Esquire, having been introduced to the Presiding Member, was duly sworn and took
his seat at the Council.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr.* Ball, from the Select Committee for drawing up a congratulatory address to
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, on the birth of a son and heir, brought up a Report,
and the same was read as follows: \ p|
Your Committee recommend the adoption by the Council of the following address:
May it please Your Royal Highness: ,
We, the Members of the Legislative Council of the Colony of British Columbia, desire
humbly to offer to Your Rcyal Highness our earnest congratulations on the occasion of the
birth of the Prince, your son.
We beg, also, to offer to Your Royal Highness, the fervent expression of our loyalty to our
beloved Sovereign, which in this distant part of Her Majesty's dominions makes Her faith-
ful subjects participate in the joy diffused through the Empire at an eveot which has added
to the happiness of Her Majesty, and of Your Royal Highness and your illustrious Consort.
On the motion of the lion. Mr. Orr, seconded by the Hon. Mr. Holbrook, nemine contra-
dicente,
Resolved, That the said address be now adopted and forwarded to His Excellency for transmission through the proper channel.
Hon. Mr. Holbrook presented a Petition from the inhabitants of Clinton.
The Presiding Member objected to receive the said Petition, on the ground that it had
been altered, and that interlineations had been made evidently after the Petition had been
signed, and asked the Hon. Mr. Holbrook if such alterations were not iu his (Mr. Holbrook'sj
handwriting?
Hon. Mr. Holbrook admitted the alterations to be in his handwriting.
A debate arose on this question.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. O'Reilly,
Hon. Mr. Smith seconding;,
The following Resolution was put to the Council:
Resolved, That the Petition from the inhabitants of Clinton should not be received in its
present form, and that this Council expresses its disapprobation of any Petition being
altered otherwise than by the original signers,
Being an amendment to the following Resolution moved by the Hon. Mr. Holbrook:
Resolved, That the Petition from the inhabitants of Clinton be forwarded to His Excellency
with the request that the prayer of the Petition may be taken into consideration.
A debate arose, and on the amendment being put the Council divided.
Ayes, 4.    Noes, 3.
So it was Resolved in the affirmative.
Ordered, That the Petition be not received.
A Petition from the settlers of Williams Lake came up for consideration.
Hon. Mr. Black moved for a Committee of the whole to consider the subject.
Hon. Mr. O'Reilly moved as an amendment that it lie on the table for consideration this
day six months.
On the amendment being put the Council divided,
Ayes, 4.    Noes, 3.
So it was "Resolved in the affirmative.
Ordered, To lie on the table for consideration this day six months.
Hon. Mr. Orr moved for a Select Committee to draw up an address to His Excellency, on his retirement from the Government of this Colony.    The Committee to consist of Hon. Mr. Smith,
Hon. Mr. Ball, Hon. Mr. Holbrook.
On the question being put it was carried nemine contradicente.
The Hon. Mr. Crease's motion, for leave to bring in certain Bills, deferred till to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook gave notice of motion.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Ball, the Council adjourned till Tuesday, th 5th April, at 3
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Tuesday, the 5th day of April, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
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Present—The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. Messrs. O'Reilly, Sanders, Ball, Homer'
Smith, Holbrook, Orr, and Black.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
Hon. Mr. Holbrook moved the following Resolutions:
1.     Resolved, That His Excellency be asked to appropriate the sum of £100 to assist the inhabitants of Clinton in erecting a building for public purposes.
On question being put the Council divided,
Ayes, 6.    Noes, 2.
So it was Resolved, in the affirmative.
2. Resolved, That His Excellency be requested to instruct the Stipendiary Magistrate to hold a
County Court once a month at Clinton.
On question being put the Council divided,
Ayes, 5.    Noes, 3.
So it was Resolved in the affirmative.
3. Resolved, That His Excellency be requested to appoint a resident unpaid Justice of the Peace at
Clinton, and one paid Constable.
On question being put, it was carried unanimously.
The Hon. Mr. Smith, from the Select Committee for drawing up an address to His Excellency on
his retirement from the Government of the Colony of British Columbia, brought up a Report
and the same was read as follows:
Your Committee recommend the adoption by the Council of the following address:
The humble address of the Legislative Council of British Columbia.
His Excellency Governor Sir James Douglas, K.O.B.
May it please Your Excellency:
We, the Legislative Council of British Columbia, in Parliament assembled, desire to seize
the present opportunity, before your departure from this Colony, to express to Your Excellency our strong feeling of personal respect and regard, and our recognition of the ability and
energy with which you have for so many years administered the high office committed to you
by our Gracious Sovereign.
The period at which Your Excellency assumed the Government of this Colony, was a time
of peculiar difficulty, calling for the exercise of unusual prudence and determination.
By the vigor and sagacity of the measures then and since adopted, the Natives of the land
have remained at peace, and contented; a foreign population has been conciliated; the supremacy of the Laws of our country secured; and principles firmly inculcated of fidelity to
our institutions, and hearty allegiance to the Crown.
Having been but lately called together as a Legislative body, sufficient time has not elapsed
for the development of the principles of Representative Government; but it will not be forgotten by posterity, that it was under your administration, that the first foundations of
the edifice were securely laid; and that there has been shadowed forth, in the future to receive full completion, a semblance of that constitution which has been for so many ages at
once the pride and happiness of our race.
In bidding Your Excellency farewell, we desire to assure you, that you will carry with you
our warmest wishes for the welfare of yourself and family, and our prayers that, to whatsoever station of life by God's providence you may be called, you may be spared for many years
to render good service to the State, and to obtain the choicest blessings of him who is the
giver of all good things.
On the motion of The Hon. Mr. Smith,
Hon. Mr. Ball seconding,
The question of this address being adopted was put, and the Council divided.
Ayes, 7.    Noes, 1.
So it was Resolved in the affirmative, That the said address be now adopted, and presented
to His Excellency by the Council when convenient.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. The Attorney General asked leave to bring in Bank Note Bill.
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Ordered, That leave be granted. ^n^^oi
The Bill having been presented and received, on the motion of The Hon. Attorney General,
Ordered, To be read first reading forthwith.
Bill read first time accordingly.
Ordered, Second reading for Wednesday next.
The Hon. The Attorney General asked leave to bring in Inland Navigation Bill.
Ordered, That leave be granted.
On the motion of The Hon. The Attorney General,
Ordered, To be read first time accordingly.
The Hon. The Attorney General asked leave to bring in Joint Stock Companies' Bill.
Ordered, That leave be granted.
Ordered, To be read the first time to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Sanders gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Orr gave notice of motion.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Orr, the Council adjourned till Wednesday, the 6th instant,
at 3 o'clock.
Wednesday, the 6th day of April, 1864,
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The   Hon. Messrs. Homer, Smith, Holbrook, and Black.
The Hon. Mr. Homer being the Senior Member present, took the Chair, as Presiding Mem
ber, and on the House being counted it appeared that Five Members were not present, although it was past 3 o'clock.
After the lapse of half an hour the Presiding Member again counted the Council, and Frv
re
Members not being present, the Council was adjourned by The Hon. The Presiding Member,
till Wednesday, the 13th instant, at 3 o'clock, without a question first put.
"Wednesday the 13th day of April, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Presiding Member having counted the House, it appeared that Five Members were
not present, and it being half past 3 o'clock, the Council was adjourned by The Hon. The
Presiding Member till 3 o'clock to-morrow, without a question first put.
Present.—The Hon. Mr. Crease, The Hon. Messrs. Homer, Holbrook, and Black.
Thursday, the. 14th day of April, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Attorney General in the Chair as presiding Member.
The Presiding Member counted the Council, it being half past 3 o'clock, and on finding
™FlJJ Members were not present, the Council was adjourned by the Presiding Member-
till 3 o'clock on Monday next, the 18th instant, without a question first put.
Monday, the 18th day of April, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
The Attorney General in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Presiding Me
anber counted the Council, it being 4 o'clock, and on finding that five Members
were not present, the Council was adjourned by the Presiding Member till 3 o'clock on Fridav
next, without a question first put. ■* i*W.
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Friday, the 22nd day of April, 1864.
The Council met at 1 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—His Excellency Frederick Seymour, Esquire, The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon.
The Collector of Customs, The Hon. Messrs. Brew, O'Reilly, Sanders, Homer, Smith, Holbrook,
Orr, and Black. «t
His Excellency the Governor in the Chair as President.
Arthur N. Birch, Esquire, the Colonial Secretary, being entered within the Council Chamber, and
having taken the Oath prescribed by law, took his seat as a Member of the Council.
The Minutes of the five previous Meetings were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook presented a Petition from Mr. Newton.
Ordered, To be received and read.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Crease,
Mr. Holbrook seconding,
Ordered, That this Petition be considered on Tuesday next.
The Hon. Mr. Sanders moved the following Resolution:
'Resolved, That His Excellency the Governor be respectfully requested to instruct the Surveyor General to define the boundaries of the Districts of this Colony.
On the question being put, carried nemine contradicente.
The Hon. Mr. Orr moved the following Resolution:
Resolved, That His Excellency be respectfully requested to appoint a competent person to
make the necessary survey and estimate the cost of a waggon road from the Mouth of Ques-
nel to Camerontown, Williams Creek.
On the question being put,
Ordered, That this Resolution be again brought forward on Tuesday next.
On the Order of the day being read for the first reading of the Joint Stock Mining Companies'
Bill,
Ordered, That the Bill be read the first time.
Read accordingly;
Ordered, To be read a second time on Tuesday next.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Bank Note Bill,
A debate arose.
The Hon. Mr. Orr moved,
The Hon. Mr. Black seconding, and on the question being put it was
Resolved, That a Select Committee be appointed to consider the Ordinance respecting the
issue of Bank Notes. The Committee to consist of the Hon. Messrs. Orr, Crease, Hamley,
Homer, Holbrook, and Smith.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Inland Navigation Bill,
A debate arose.
The Hon. the Attorney General moved that this Bill be now read a second time.
The Hon. Mr. Orr moved as an amendment,
That the second reading of this Bill be deferred till Monday next.
On the amendment being put,
Ayes, 5.    Noes, 6.
So it passed in the negative.
On the Original motion being put,
Ayes, 6.    Noes, 5.
So it was Ordered, That the Bill be now read a second time.
Read the second time accordingly.
Ordered, To be committed on Monday next.
On the Order of the day being read for the consideration, in Committee of the whole, of the Mint
question,
Ordered, That the consideration be deferred till Friday next, the 29th instant.
The Hon. Mr. Orr gave notice of motion.'
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook gave notice of motions.
The Hon. Mr. Crease gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Black gave notice of motion.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly, the Council adjourned until Monday the 25th
instant, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.
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Monday, the 25th day of April, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Colonial Secretary, The Hon. The Attorney General,   The Hon. The
Collector of Customs, The Hon. Messrs. Brew, O'Reilly, Ball, Homer, Holbrook, Smith,
Orr, and BJack.
The Hon. The Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. The Attorney General laid on the table, by order of His Excellency, papers connected
with the appointment of Mr. Trutch as Commissioner of Lands and Works.
A debate arose thereupon.
The Hon. Mr. Brew proposed the following Resolution, Hon. Mr. Orr seconding:
Resolved, That this Council disapproves of Mr. Trutch's holding a public office of great
importance while he holds interests in speculations not unconnected with the Department superintended by him in the Colony.
The Hon. Mr. Homer moved that the following words be added to the above Resolution:
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook seconding:
I Or while he holds large interests, whether private or public, in Vancouver Island."
A debate arose thereupon.
On the amendment being put the Council divided,
Ayes, 2.    Noes, 8.
So it passed in the negative.
On the original motion being put,
Ayes, 8.    Noes, 2.
So it was Resolved in the affirmative.
The Hon. Mr. Orr moved the following Resolution,
The Hon. Mr. Brew seconding:
Resolved, That His Excellency be requested to appoint a competent person, and that Mr.
Trutch appoint another, and that in case they disagree that they should appoint a third (all
residents in this Colony), for the purpose of ascertaining what remuneration shall be paid to
Mr. Trutch for transferring to Government all the interests which he now holds in any pub-
lie works, or private contracts, or charter, either held in his own name or by any other person
in his behalf.
The Hon. Mr. Ball moved the following amendment,
The Hon. Mr. Hamley seconding:
That as Mr. Trutch has been appointed Surveyor General of this Colony, and as he is the
proprietor of the Alexandra Bridge, that the Government enter into arrangements to purchase
the said bridge from Mr Trutch, and that a Select Committee be appointed to agree with
Mr. Trutch as to the amount to be given for the bridge, and to arrange with him for his in-
terests in other public works, as implied in Mr. Trutch's letter to the Colonial Secretary of
the 22nd April instant.
On the amendment being put the Council divided.
Ayes, 6.    Noes, 4.
So it was Resolved in the affirmative, and
Ordered, That the Hon. Messrs. Crease, Hamley, Brew, Holbrook, Smith, and Orr, do form
the above Committee.
The Hon. Mr. Orr moved for a Return of Sheriffs' Fees, collected in Cariboo East, from 1st January
1863, to 10th April, 1864.
On the question being put the Council divided,
Ayes, 5.    Noes, 5.
The Hon. The Presiding Member being called upon for a casting vote, gave it in the negative.
So it passed in the negative.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook moved the following Resolution: *
Resolved, That a day be named for a second reading of the Telegraph Regulation Bill.
The Hon. the Attorney General moved the following amendment:
Resolved, That the Resolution of the Hon. Mr. Holbrook be postponed till to-morrow, and
that the Hon. The Colonial Secretary be requested by that time to ascertain the powers of indi-
dividual Members to introduce Bills not coming from the Government.
On the amendment being put, carried nem. con.
Ordered, That this Resolution be brought on to-morrow.
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The Hon. The Attorney General asked leave to bring in Postal Bill.
Ordered, That leave be granted, and that the Bill be read a first time on Wednesday next,
the 27th instant.
The Hon. The Attorney General asked leave to bring in Legal Interest Bill.
Ordered, That leave be granted, and that the Bill be read a first time to-morrow.
The Hon. The Attorney General asked leave to. bring in Land Registry AmendmentfTBill.
Ordered, That leave be granted, and that the Bill be read a first time to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook's motion for leave to bring in Barrister's Practice Amendment Act,
Ordered, To be deferred till to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Black asked the Hon. The Colonial Secretary if any information had been received
officially respecting the irregularities said to have been committed by some Government Officials at Richfield?
The Hon. The Colonial Secretary replied.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook gave 3 notices of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Homer gave notice of motion.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Hamley, the Council adjourned till Tuesday, the 26th inst.,
at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.
Tuesday, the 26th day of April, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Colonial Secretary, The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. Messrs.
O'Reilly, Ball, Homer, Holbrook,  Smith, Orr, and Black.
The Hon. The Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. Mr. Orr's motion, deferred till this date by order of the Council on the 22nd instant,
was brought forward.
On the question being put the Council divided,
Ayes, 6.    Noes, 1.
So it was Resolved in the affirmative, That His Excellency be requested to appoint a competent person to make the necessary Survey, and Estimate the cost of a waggon-road from
the mouth of Quesnel to Camerontown, Williams Creek.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook's motion for second reading of Telegraph Regulation Bill withdrawn.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook moved the following Resolution,
Hon. Mr. Black seconding:
Resolved, That a Select Committee of five be formed from this Council to draw up an address of congratulation to His Excellency Governor Seymour, on his arrival in the Colony,
such Committee to be named by the Presiding Officer.
On question being put, it wa<* carried nem. con.
Ordered, That The Hon. Messrs. Hamley, Holbrook, Homer, Orr, and Black, form the
above Committee.
The Hon. Mr. Homer asked the Colonial Secretary, | What are the intentions of the Government
in reference to the Tariff Bill and Light Ship, which were recommended by this Council V
The Hon. The Colonial Secretary replied.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook's motion, for leave to bring in Barrister's Practice Amendment Act,
dropped.
On the Order of the day being read for the consideration of Mr. Newton's Petition,
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook moved the following Resolution,
Hon. Mr. Homer seconding:
Resolved, That the Petition of Mr. W. H. Newton be forwarded to His Excellency, with a
respectful request that he will deal with the subject matter thereof as he may deem just
and expedient.
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On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Joint Stock Mining Companies'
Bill.
Ordered, To be read second time accordingly.
Bill read second time.
On the motion of The Hon. The Attorney General,
Ordered, To be committed to a Committee of the whole Council forthwith.
The Council resolved itself into the said Committee accordingly.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair. \
The Committee rose, and the Chairman reported the Bill passed with certain amendments.
On the motion of The Hon. The Attorney General,
Ordered, To be read a third time to-morrow.
On the Order of the day being read for the first reading of the Legal Interest Bill,
Ordered, To be read first time.
Read first time accordingly.
^Ordered, To be read second time to-morrow.
On the Order of the day being read for the first reading of the Land Registry Extension Bill,
Ordered, To be read the first time.
Read the first time accordingly.
Ordered, To be read a second time to-morrow.
Hon. Mr. Homer gave notice of motion."1
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Orr gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Smith gave notice of motion.
The Hon. The Attorney General gave notice of motion.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Orr, the Council adjourned till Wednesday, the 27th instant,
at 3 o'clock.
Wednesday the 27th day of April, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The  Hon.  The  Colonial   Secretary,  The Hon. The  Attorney  General,   The Hon.
Messrs. Brew, O'Reilly, Ball, Homer, Holbrook, Smith, Orr, and Black.
The Hon. The Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. The Attorney General laid on the table, by order of His Excellency, papers connected
with the matter of Captain Houghton's Petition.
The Hon. Mr. Homer asked leave to withdraw his Resolution in regard to imposing a tax of 3d.
per acre on unoccupied land.
Ordered, That leave be granted.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook moved the following Resolution, Hon. Mr. Homer seconding:
Resolved, That His Excellency The Governor be respectfully requested to bring in a Bill
for the Regulation of the Telegraph, and to secure secrecy and fidelity in the transmission of
telegraphic messages.
On question being put the Council divided,
Ayes, 6.    Noes, 1.
So it was Resolved in the affirmative.
The Hon. Mr. Orr moved the following Resolution:
That the Government be requested to lay before this House, Ordinances for the regulation
of the following matters:
1. To determine the right of drovers and stock-raisers to pasture their stock on unenclosed
lands.
2. To regulate the running at large of stallions.
^' £° ™Pose a tax uPon aH unimproved lands bought or pre-empted from Government.
4. To allow spirits manufactured in the Colony to be exported free of excise duty.
5. To regulate the killing of game.
6. To regulate the fisheries of the rivers and coast of this Colony. 27° "VTCTOELE.
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On the question being put, Ordered, That a separate vote be taken on each subject in order.
On question No. 1 being put the Council divided.
Ayes, 4.    Noes, 5.
So it passed in the negative.
On question No. 2 being put, it was carried nemine contradicente.
On question No. 3 being put, The Hon. Mr. Ball moved that the words "pre-empted" be
left out. *fe-
On the amendment being put, the Council divided,
Ayes, 2.    Noes, 6.
So it passed in the negative.
On the original motion being put, the Council divided,
Ayes, 3.    Noes, 6.
So it passed in the negative.
On question No. 4 being put, it was carried nem. con.
On question No. 5 being put, it was carried nem. con.
On question No. 6 being put, it was carried nem. con.
Hon. Mr. Smith asked the Hon. The Colonial Secretary whether or not any action has been
taken with reference to the Petition from the inhabitants of Hope, viz: that the additional
duty of one half cent per pound, at present collected on all goods leaving that place, vi&
Similkameen, be taken off?
The Hon. The Colonial Secretary replied.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook moved the following Resolution, the Hon. The Attorney General seconding:
Resolved, That a Select Committee of the House be formed to consider how an Assisted
Emigration from Great Britain, either by paying part of the passage money or giving grants
of land, can be made available for the Colony.
On the question being put, it was carried nemine contradicente.
Ordered, That the Hon. Messrs. Holbrook, Crease, Hamley, Birch, Nind, and Orr form the
above Committee.
The Hon. The Attorney General asked leave to bring in a Bill for the relief of certain Military
and Naval Settlers.
Ordered, That leave be granted.
So the Bill was presented.
On th6 motion of the Hon. The Attorney General,
Ordered, To be read a first time forthwith.
Read first time accordingly.
Ordered, Second reading for Monday next.
On the Order of the day being read for the first reading of the Postal Bill,
Ordered, That the Bill be now read the first time.
, Read first time accordingly.
Ordered, To be read a second time forthwith.
Read second time accordingly.
Ordered, To be committed on Friday next.
On the Order of the day being read for the committal of the Inland Navigation Bill,
The House resolved itself into said Committee.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Chairman of Committee reported progress and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered, That leave be granted for to-morrow.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Legal Interest Bill,
Ordered, To be read second time presently.
Read second time accordingly.
Ordered, To be committed to-morrow.
On the Order of the day being read for the third reading of the Joint Stock Mining Companies'
Bill,
Hon. Mr. Orr moved that it be re-committed.
On question being put, the Council divided,
Ayes, 2.    Noes, 7.
Ordered, To be read third time forthwith.
Read third time accordingly.
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Then, on the motion of the Hon. The Attorney General, fjNiifll
SA That the Bill do pass, and that its title he the | Mining Joint Stock Companies
Ordinance, 1864."
On the Order of the day heing read for>he second reading of the Land Registry Amendment Bill,
Ordered, To be read second time presently.
Read second time accordingly.
Ordered, To he committed to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Smith gave notice of motion.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Orr, the Council adjourned till Thursday, the 28th instant, at
1 o'clock in the afternoon. •
Thursday, the 28th day of April, 1864.
The Council met at 1 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Colonial Secretary, The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. The
Collector of Customs, The Hon. Messrs. Brew, O'Keilly, Ball, Homer, Holbrook, Smith, Orr,
and Black.
The Hon. The Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.'
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
Two Messages from His Excellency the Governor to the Council were delivered by The Hon. The
Colonial Secretary, who read the same, which are as followeth:
Frederick Seymour. Message No. 1.
The Governor has received from his predecessor the Resolution, passed by the Legislative
Council on the 29th of February, requesting him to appoint Justices of the Peace, resident
in the Colony of British Columbia, with such power as he may deem necessary.
The Governor concurs in opinion with the Council, that a few unpaid Magistrates might
with advantage be appointed. He will give his best attention to the subject as'soon as his
local knowledge shall be sufficient to enable him to make appointments satisfactory to the
community.
Government House, 28th April, 1864.j'
Frederick Seymour. Message No. 2.
The Governor has received from his predecessor the Resolution of the Legislative Council,
passed on the 18th of February, requesting the Governor to frame a Customs Tariff Bill, based
upon the suggestions of The Hon. Mr. Homer, and submit the same to the Council at an
early date.
The Governor is of opinion that he does not as yet possess sufficient local knowledge to justify
his interfering with the fiscal arrangements he finds in force. He is therefore unable to comply with the Resolution of the Council during the present Legislative Session. He will however consider with care The Hon Mr. Homer's suggestions during the approaching recess.
The Governor is strengthened in the opinion that it would be imprudent in him to attempt
at present to re-model the Tariff, by the belief that the Resolution of the 18th of February
would not have been readily concurred in by his predecessor.
Government House, 28th April, 1864.
The Hon. The Attorney General, from the Select Committee appointed to enquire into Mr. Trutch's
matter, brought up a Report and the same was read as followeth:
Your Committee report that they are unable to come to any decision on the matters of Mr.
Trutch, from want of the means of arriving at the amount which should form the basis of
negociation, Mr. Trutch being unwilling to name a price himself or supply the details of the
cost of construction 3 and therefore recommend that the subject be referred back to His Excellency, with a request that he will take such action in the matter as he may deem expedient
for the public interest.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. The Attorney General,
Ordered, That the above Report be transmitted to His Excellency.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook, from the Select Committee appointed to draw up an address to His Excellency on his arrival in the Colony, brought up a Report, and the same was read as followeth : 27° VICTORIA.
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Your Committee recommend the adoption by the Council of the following address:
To His Excellency Frederick Seymour, Esquire,
Governor of British Columbia and its Dependencies.
The humble Address of the Legislative Council of British Columbia.
May it please Your Excellency:
We, Her Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Legislative Council of British
Columbia, beg most respectfully to offer our congratulations to Your Excellency upon your
% assuming the duties of your important office, over the Colony of British Columbia and its
Dependencies.
A Gold Colony, possessing an area over 250,000 square miles, yet in its infancy, will require
many and various enactments to meet the necessary purposes of a young Country, and while
we are prepared to devote our time and best energies, as loyal and dutiful subjects, to the
cause, we are happy in having the benefit of Your Excellency's long Colonial experience to
aid and guide us in our duties.
It affords us, the Members of the Legislative Council of British Columbia, much pleasure
to offer to Your Excellency our warmest support, and, through you, to Her Most Gracious
Majesty the Queen, a pledge of our devoted loyalty.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Holbrook,
Ordered, That this Address be adopted, and that it be presented to His Excellency by the
Hon. The Presiding Member, accompanied by such Members of the Council as shall see fit
so to do.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook moved the following Resolution,
Hon. Mr. Homer seconding:
Resolved, That His Excellency be respectfully requested to appoint, or recommend for appointment, Notaries Public for this Colony.
On the question being put, it was carried nem. con.
The Hon. Mr Smith laid before the Council a statement from certain of the inhabitants of Yale,
in regard to the lease of the water frontages at Yale, and asked that no further leases might
be granted.
Ordered, That the discussion of this question be deferred until next sitting of the Council.
On the Order of the day being read for the further consideration of the Inland Navigation Bill in
Committee,
The Council resolved itself Into the said Committee.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose, and reported the Bill gone through with certain amendments.
Ordered, That the Bill be read a third time to-morrow.
On the Order of the day being read for the committal of the Legal Interest Bill,
The Council resolved itself into the said Committee.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose, and the Chairman reported the Bill gone through with certain amendments.
Ordered, To be read third time forthwith.
Read third time accordingly.
Then, on Ae motion of The Hon. The Attorney General,
Resolved, That this Bill do pass, and that its title be "The Interest Ordinance, 1864."
On the Order of the day being read for the committal of the Land Registry Extension Bill,
The Council resolved itself into the said Committee accordingly.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose, and the Chairman reported the Bill gone through with certain amendments.
Ordered, To be read a third time forthwith.
Read third time accordingly.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. The Attorney General,
Resolved, That this Bill do pass, and that its title be | The British Columbia Land Registry
Extension Ordinance, 1864." 1
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The Hon. The Attorney General gave notice of motion.
Hon. Mr. Homer gave 6 notice^ of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Orr gave notice of motion.
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Orr, the Council adjourned till Friday, the 29th instant, at
half-past 12 o'clock in the afternoon.
Friday, the 29th clay of April, 1864.
The Council met at half-past 12 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Colonial Secretary, The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. The
Collector of Customs, The Hon. Messrs. Brew, O'Reilly, Ball, Homer, Holbrook, Smith, Orr,
and Black.
The Hon. The Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Council adjourned during pleasure.
At 3 o'clock the Council resumed its sitting.
The Hon. The Colonial Secretary reported that the Council did this day wait on His Excellency
The Governor, with a congratulatory address on his arrival in the Colony, to which His Excellency was pleased to return the following most gracious reply:
Honorable Gentlemen of the Legislative Council.
I receive with great gratification the address which your loyalty to the Queen has induced
you to present to Her Majesty's representative.
You by no means over-estimate the importance of the duties belonging to you—to us—as
the present Legislature of this vast territory. Every assistance in my power shall be afforded to you, and you will at all times find in me great deference for your wishes and opinions.
The present immature Legislative constitution gives to the Governor great power in the
initiation of laws. I am pleased to believe that I am not immediately called upon to make
any large exercise of that power, but that I may by an early prorogation enable myself to become personally acquainted with the wants of the different districts of the Colony. I trust
that I shall be able to lay before you measures of considerable importance when next we
meet for the transaction of business.
I am greatly obliged to you for your promise of support, and T shall not fail to make known
to Her Majesty's Government the loyal spirit by which you are actuated.
The Hon. The Attorney General asked leave to bring in Patents Bill.
Ordered, That leave be granted.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. The Attorney General,
Ordered, That the Bill be now read the first time.
Read first time accordingly.
Ordered, Second reading for Monday next.
The Hon. Mr. Orr moved the following Resolution:
Resolved, That His Excellency be respectfully requested to appoint a Deputy Registrar for
the registration of transfers of land, mortgages on land, &c, in the district of Cariboo East.
On the question being put, the Council divided,
Ayes, 5.    Noes, 5.
The Presiding Member gave a casting vote in the affirmative.
So it was Resolved in the affirmative.
The Hon. Mr. Homer's motion to consider His Excellency's message on the Tariff question, was
withdrawn bv consent of tha flnrmml
•awn by consent of the Coun
ci
The Hon. Mr. Homer moved a Resolution for increasing the premium for the first Grist mill
erected m the Colony.
On the question being put the Council divided.
Ayes, 5.    Noes, 5.
Aye
The Presiding Member g;
So it passed in the negative.
ive a casting vote in the negative. 27° YICTORLE.
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The Hon. Mr. Homer moved the following Resolution:
Resolved, That His Excellency the Governor be recommended to make, as soon as practicable, an appropriation of public money sufficient for the purpose of subsidizing a line of
Ocean Steamers to convey Mails betweeen San Francisco and New Westminster. The said
Steam-ship not to be less than 1000 tons register. *
On the question being put, it was carried nem. con.
The Hon. Mr. Homer moved a Resolution praying for a Legislative Assembly.1
The question being put, the Council divided.
Ayes, 5.    Noes, 5.
The Presiding Member gave a casting vote in the negative.
So it passed in the negative.
The Hon. Mr. Homer moved the following Resolution:
Resolved, That His Excellency the Governor be requested to repeal that portion of the
Customs Act, dated 2nd June, 1859, which allows Customs duties for the North Coast of
British Columbia, to be collected in Vancouver Island. Also the repeal of the duties on
ship building material,.machinery for steam-boats, grist mills, and quartz mills.
On the Order of the day being read for the consideration of the Mint question in Committee.
On the motion of The Hon. Mr. Homer,
Ordered, That the consideration stand over sine die.
On the Order of the day being read for the committal of the Postal Bill,
The Council resolved itself into said Committee.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose, and the Chairman reported the Bill gone through with amendments.
Ordered, To be read the third time.
Read the third time accordingly.
Ordered, To be passed on Monday next.
On the Order of the day being read for the third reading of the Inland Navigation Bill,
Hon. Mr. Orr moved a re-committal,
Ordered, To be re-committed.
The Council resolved itself into the said Committe.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook in the Chair of the Committee/
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose, and the Chairman reported certain amendments made.
Ordered, That this Bill be read a third time forthwith.
Read third time accordingly.
Resolved, That this Bill do pass, and that its title be "The Inland Navigation Ordinance, 1864."
The Hon. Mr. Brew gave notice of motion.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. Mr. Orr, the Council adjourned till Monday, the 2nd May,
at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.
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Monday the 2nd day of May, 1864.
The Council met at 3 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Colonial Secretary, The Hon. The Attorney General, The Horn
The Collector of Customs, The Hon. Messrs. Brew, O'Reilly, Ball, Homer, Holbrook, Smith,
Orr, and Black.
The Hon. The Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
The Hon. The Colonial Secretary informed the Council that it was His Excellency's intention to
adjourn them on Wednesday, the 4th instant, at 11 o'clock in the forenoon.
The Hon. Mr. Brew moved the following Resolution,
Hon. Mr. O'Reilly seconding:
Resolved, That His Excellency the Governor be requested to increase the Salary of the
Postmaster General to £500 a year. , 40
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On question being put the Council divided,
Ayes, 5.   Noes, 5.
The Presiding Member gave a casting vote in the affirmative.
So it was Resolved in the affirmative.
On the Order of the day being read for the first reading of the Military and Naval Settlers Relief
Bill,
The Hon. The Attorney General moved that the Bill be read first time to-morrow.
Ordered, To be read first time to-morrow.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of Patents Bill.
Ordered, To be read second time.
Read second time accordingly.
Ordered, To be committed forthwith.
The Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole on the said Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Chairman reported certain amendments made in the Bill, and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered, That leave be granted for to-morrow.
On the Order of the day being read for the passing of the Postal Bill,
On the motion of The Hon. Mr. Orr,
Ordered, To be re-committed at once.
The Council resolved itself into the said Committee.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member, resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose, and the Chairman reported the Bill gone through with amendments.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. The Attorney General,
Resolved, That this Bill do pass and its title be the "Postal Ordinance, 1864.
The Hon. Mr. Orr, Chairman from the Select Committee to consider the Bank Note Bill, handed
in their Report in the shape of an amended Bill.
Report adopted.
Ordered, That the Bill be now read the second time.
Read second time accordingly.
Ordered, To be committed to-morrow.
The Hon. Mr. Orr gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Holbrook gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Black, gave notice of motion.
The Hon. Mr. Smith gave 2 notices of motion.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. Mr. O'Reilly the Council adjourned till 11 o'clock in the forenoon to-morrow, the 3rd instant.
Tuesday, the 3rd day of May, 1864.
The Council met at 11 o'clock in the for
enoon, pursuant to adjournment.
Present.—The Hon. The Colonial Secretary, The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. The Collector of Customs, The Hon. Messrs. Brew, O'Reilly, Ball, Homer, Holbrook, Smith, Orr and
Black.
The Hon. The Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
Hon. Mr. Orr presented a Petition from Frank Richards.
Ordered, That the same be received and read.
Petition read accordingly.
Hon. Mr. Orr moved that this Petition be transmitted to His Excellency.
Hon. Mr. Ball moved as an amendment, that it be considered this day six months.
Un the amendment being put the Council divided,
Ayes, 8.    Noes, 2.
So it was Resolved in the affirmative.
Hon. Mr, Orr presented a Petition from John T. Scott.
Ordered* To be received and read. 27° VICTOKLE.
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Petition read accordingly.
Hon. Mr. Orr moved that this Petition be transmitted to His Excellency.
Hon. Mr. Homer moved as an amendment that it be considered this day six months.
On the amendment being put, the Council divided,
Ayes, 8.    Noes, 1.
So it was Resolved in the affirmative.
Hon. Mr. Black presented the Petition of George Tranfield.
Ordered, To be received and read.
Read accordingly.
On the motion of the Hon. Mr. Black,
Ordered, To be laid before His Excellency for consideration, and for him to deal with as
the justice of the case may call for.
The Hon. Mr. Orr moved the following Resolution,
The Hon. Mr. Black seconding:
Resolved, That in the opinion of this Council, representing as it does the unanimous voice
of the people of this Colony, the union of British Columbia with Vancouver Island would be
detrimental to the best interests of both; and that His Excellency be requested to transmit
this Resolution to Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Colonies.
On the question being put, it was carried nemine contradicente.
Hon. Mr. Holbrook moved the following Resolution:
Resolved, That the Governor be respectfully requested to take into consideration the propriety of fixing a new site for public buildings at Lillooet.
On the question being put, it was carried nem. con.
The Hon. Mr. Black's motion withdrawn by permission of the Council.
The Hon. Mr. Smith moved the following Resolution :
Resolved, That whereas certain reservations in the valley of Chilwayhook and elsewhere
throughout the Colony are being made for the benefit of the Indians, and whereas said reservations are considered to be unnecessarily large (10 acres to each family), and in several instances including lands already pre-empted and improved by actual settlers, thereby seriously
interfering with the development of the agricultural resources of the Colony; be it resolved
that His Excellency be respectfully requested to give the matter his consideration at as early
a date as convenient, in order to avoid difficulties between the Settlers and the Indians.
On the question being put, it was carried nem. con.
The Hon. Mr. Smith moved the following Resolution:
Resolved, That His Excellency be respectfully requested to consider the growing necessity
of appointing a Gold Commissioner and Stipendiary Magistrate for the Shuswap and Simil-
kameen Country.
On the question be.ing put, it was carried nem. con.
On the Order of the day being read for the second reading of the Naval and Military Settlers'
Relief Bill,
Ordered, To be read second time and committed forthwith.
Read accordingly second time.
The Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole on the Bill
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Orr in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose, and the Chairman reported the Bill gone through without amendments.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. The Attorney General,
Ordered, To be read third time at once.
Read third time accordingly.
Then, on the motion of The Hon. The Attorney General,
Resolved, That this Bill do pass, and that its title be " The Naval and Military Settlers'
Relief Ordinance, 1864."
On the Order of the day being read for the committal of the Bank Note Bill,
On the motion of The Hon. Mr. Crease,
Ordered, That the Standing Orders of the Council be suspended, to enable the Customs
Amendment Bill to be read first, second, and third times, and passed this day, and that the
Order of the day just now read do stand as the next Order after Customs Amendment Bill.
Ordered, That leave be granted for the Customs Amendment Bill, and that it now be read
the first time.
Read first time accordingly.
Ordered, That the said Bill be now read the second time, and committed forthwith.
Read second time accordingly.
The Council resolved itself into a Committee of the whole on the said Bill
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
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The Hon. Mr. Holbrook in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose, and the Chairman reported the Bill gone through with amendments.
Ordered, To be read a third time forthwith.
Read third time accordingly.
On the motion of The Hon. The Attorney General, Resolved, That the Bill do pass, and
that its title be "The Customs Amendment Ordinance, 1864."
On the Order of the day being again read for the committal of the Bank Note Bill.
The Council went into a Committee of the whole on the said Bill.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Orr in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Chairman reported some progress made with the Bill, and asked leave to sit again.
Ordered, That leave be granted presently.
The Council then adjourned during pleasure.
After the lapse of half an hour the Council resumed its sitting.
On the motion of the Hon. The Attorney General,
Ordered, That the consideration of the Bank Bill in Committee be resumed.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Orr in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose, and the Chairman reported the Bill gone through with certain amendments made and new clauses added.
Report adopted.
Ordered, That this Bill be now read a third time.
Read third time accordingly.
On the motion of the Hon. The Attorney General,
Resolved, That this Bill do now pass, and that its title be "The Bank Ordinance, 1864."
On the Order of the day being read for the resumed consideration in Committee of the Patents Bil>
The Council resolved itself into the said Committee.
The Presiding Member left the Chair.
The Hon. Mr. Orr in the Chair of the Committee.
The Presiding Member resumed the Chair.
The Committee rose, and the Chairman reported the Bill gone through with amendments made.
Report adopted.
Ordered, To be read the third time.
Read the third time accordingly.
On the motion of The Hon. The Attorney General,
Resolved, That this Bill do pass, and that its title be "The'Patents Ordinance 1864."
Then, on the motion of the Hon. Mr. Black, the Council adjourned till to-morrow, the 4th inst.
at 11 o'clock in the forenoon. y
Wednesday, the 4th day of May, 1864.
The Council met at 11 o'clock, pursuant to adjournment.
present._The Hon. The Colonial Secretary, The Hon. The Attorney General, The Hon. The
Collector of Customs, The Hon. Messrs. Brew, O'Reilly, Ball, Homer, Holbrook, and Black.
The Hon. The Colonial Secretary in the Chair as Presiding Member.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read over and confirmed.
His Excellency Frederick Seymour, Esquire, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of British Columbia, &c, &c, having been announced, entered the Council Chamber, and being seated in the
President's Chair, made the following Speech to the Council:
Honorable Gentlemen of the Legislative Council:
The period of the year has now arrived when most of you would wish to leave New Westminster, to attend to the duties of your offices or to the interests of your business, and I am
happy to think that I can, without detriment to the public welfare, release you from further
attendance in your Legislative capacities*.
2. The Session which closes to-day has been productive, in my opinion, of considerable
benefit to the community. It would probably have been even more useful, had not a change
in the administration of the Government occurred during its progress. On entering office—
not yet a fortnight ago—I found mvself obliged to consider a measure involving the whole
financial arrangements of the Colony; another proposing to regulate its paper currency: a
third affecting the internal Navigation of the Country; together with several others .of minor
importance.   In addition to these projects of law, there were awaiting my decision more than 27° VICTORIA
4th MAY.
twenty resolutions, passed by your Honorable Council at various times, many of them of grave
importance, sanctioning in the whole an expenditure falling little short, if at all, of Eighty
thousand pounds. The advance of the spring allowed of no delay. An early decision was required, so,' with means of information still imperfect, I have decided as follows:
3. I have assented, in Her Majesty's name, to the undermentioned Ordinances:
An Ordinance to increase the facilities for registering documents relating to real property.
An Ordinance to declare the lawful rate of interest in the Colony.
An Ordinance relating to Patents.
An Ordinance to facilitate the formation of Mining Joint Stock Companies.
An Ordinance for regulating the Postal Service.
An Ordinance for the relief of certain Naval and Military Settlers.
An Ordinance to amend Customs Duties.
An Ordinance for the regulation of the Inland Navigation of British Columbia.
I might have hesitated in assenting, at once, to this last, prudent but cumbrous and perhaps vexatious measure, were it not that the Act contains a clause suspending its operations
until Her Majesty's pleasure be signified. The Ordinance will therefore be subjected again
to my consideration, when reporting to the Secretary of State on its provisions.
4. I have reserved for Her Majesty's consideration, the somewhat complicated Ordinance
proposing to regulate the issue of Bank Notes in the Colony. Understand that I have not
absolutely disallowed it. The measure may offer considerable advantages, but in a new country where capital is required, it is not always desirable to Legislate in a manner which may
impair individual credit, or restrict the circulating medium. The suddenly making penal an
act, innocent in itself, is likewise to be avoided. A knowledge on the part of the public, that
such a measure as the Bill now reserved will probably soon become law, will tend to cure the
evil against which vou wish to legislate.
5. The resolutions your Honorable House has placed before my predecessor and myself are
of various descriptions. Some of them have already been replied to by message. The remainder I shall now notice.
I assure you that all those having for their object the initiation, on my part, of new laws
shall have my earnest consideration during the recess, and that the measures you propose, and
of which I see the necessity, shall be put in proper shape for your consideration before we
next meet.
6. Some other of your resolutions relate to questions of Executive Administration, such as
the appointment of unpaid Justices of the Peace, Notaries Public, an additional Stipendiary
Magistrate for the Shuswap and Similkameen districts, and the separation of the Office of
Auditor from that of Colonial Secretary. I concur with you in the two first, and shall give
due attention to the third and fourth resolutions. I may, however, intimate as regards the
last, that the time is possibly not very far distant when a Legislative Body with a larger
elective element will, periodically, appoint its own Committees to examine the public accounts.
7. I come now to the most important resolutions of the Session; those which request that
vast sums of money, to be expended on public works, be placed upon the Supplementary Estimates, and then embodied in a second Appropriation Act. I see reasons, which appear to
me of great importance, for delaying the introduction of the new Appropriation Act, until I
am able to call you together again in November. One of these reasons, I may mention, is
that the money you propose to expend is not yet in our possession. Another is that I am reluctant to refuse, without more information than I can now possibly possess, certain petitions,
which come before me with the great weight of your recommendation, while, on the other
hand, I am almost equally reluctant to give a legal sanction to any expenditure of money, of
the necessity of which I am not satisfied. I propose, therefore, to adopt the course of considering each of the resolutions of your Honorable Council, passed as they were freely, without
solicitation from the Governor, as an authority for him to expend the amount therein mentioned, in the manner therein specified, in anticipation of the Supplementary Appropriation Act.
Full explanation of all that has been done in the recess shall be laid before you at your
next meeting.
8. And here I must warn you that the progress of the public works will not, in all probability, be as rapid as we could desire. The resources on which we depend, the proceeds of
the loan of £100,000 to be raised in London, can hardly be available until late in the year.
The Act only left this Colony towards the end of March, and will not, therefore^ reach
England till late in May. We can hardly assume that less than a month will suffice for the
various operations necessary for placing the funds at our disposal, and then another period of
six weeks or two months will probably elapse before we are acquainted with the results.
9. I have to announce my entire concurrence in the Resolutions for the Survey of a road
from Quesnel Mouth to Cariboo, and for the expenditure of £40,000, in addition to the amount
already ^ranted, for the improvement of communication in the district in question. I look
upon the" facilitating of access to the rich gold fields of the North-east as at present the paramount duty of the Governor and Council of this Colony; indeed so convincQd ami of the
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importance of this work, that I may perhaps, in anticipation of the proceeds of the Loan, divert for its prosecution, from the ordinary Revenue, certain sums voted for other purposes.
Should I do so, and any unexpected impediment prevent the early success of the Loan, I shall
lay before you an Indemnity Act at your next session.
10. A consideration of the manner in which the Country is to be opened, leads me to allude to a question of administration which, as it apperaed to be connected with a money vote^
has been already placed before you. A gentleman has been nominated, by the Secretary of
State, to be Surveyor General of this Colony. That gentleman is at present disqualified from
holding the office, by his possession of property on one of the competing roads to the diggings,
which would lose value by the improvement of the rival route. Mr. Trutch, the gentleman
in question, shall be again invited to qualify himself to fill the post he would suit so well, by
divesting himself of all interest in this Colony, which might expose his public acts to suspicion and unfavorable comment. Should any arrangement be made by the Government for
the purchase of Mr. Trutch's rights—an arrangement better avoided—full particulars shall
be laid before you early next session.
11. You have placed £8,000 at the disposal of the Government for the formation of a waggon road from Hope to Yale. This work is desirable, though not indispensable. If the road
were now completed, the vast majority of the up-country traffic would still, during the greater part of the year, give a preference to the river over the road; the performing of this work,
however, is only a question of time. It will surely come should the Colony continue to progress at its present rate. I should, however, wish to state that instructions have been already
given by me for placing the communication on the most important portion of this line—that
between Yale and Emory's Bar—in good condition.
12. I see £10,000 given for the erection of public buildings in New Westminster. Unquestionably our present public buildings are shabby and inconvenient, and others must ere
long be erected. In a young Colony like this, good accommodation for our public officers is
not the primary necessity. The first duty is to improve our communications and develop the
resources of the land, and I consider that I am doing more for New Westminster in sanctioning, as I most willingly do, the establishment of a Light Vessel at the mouth of the Fraser,
than if I at once commenced the erection of public buildings. Our Capital will likewise receive great benefit should we succeed in obtaining Steam Communication between it and San
Francisco. I concur in your resolution on this subject, and shall take early steps in furtherance of it.
13. The formation of roads in and about New Westminster, for which you have voted
£10,000, shall be attended to. I accept the additional £3,000 for the repair of the Yale and
Clinton road, and generally the smaller sums included in the same resolution of the 4th of
February. I specially thank you for the additional sums you have given for Schools and
Hospitals. The donation for the latter purpose shall, as you desire, be equally divided between Cariboo and New Westminster.
14. The offering of prizes, to encourage exploration and a more thorough development of
the resources of the Colony, proposed in your resolution of the 24th February, is sanctioned
by me, and a notice thereof shall be duly published in the newspapers of this and the neighbouring Colony of Vancouver Island.
15. And now I must notice your resolution, of yesterday's date, protesting against any
union with the Colony just named. I shall forward that resolution to His Grace the Secretary of State, and strongly express my opinion that British Columbia has grown too large for
a return to the old system to be possible. Whether union under other conditions might
hereafter be acceptable, I am at present unable to say. I would however observe that, from
my short experience, I am inclined to think that an efficient administration of the affairs of
British Columbia, alone, would be enough to engross the whole attention of a Governor.
16. Your resolution of yesterday's date—message No. 40—respecting the Indian Reserves,
shall have, as it deserves, my anxious consideration.    1 have not yet sufficient exi
deal with the question.
17. The choice of a good site for the Public Buildings at Lillooet shall at once be made.
18. The Petition of the people of Hope, dated March 18th, and forwarded in your resolution of the
4th of April, cannot be granted without an alteration in the law, which it is now too late to effect.
19. 1 am not yet impressed with the necessity for increasing the salary of the Postmaster
General.   I shall consider the question during the recess.
20. Most of you Honorable Gentlemen are about to resume your public or private duties in
the Country districts. I trust you will find there tranquillity and prosperity existing among
the heterogeneous population, which the attractions of our Gold has drawn to the Colony. It
will be through no fault of mine, if you do not soon see the Surveyor's gangs upon your roads,
and pub'ic energy beneficially following close      >n the footsteps of private enterprise.
21. With full acknowledgment of the zeal and ability you have shewn during this important
Session, it now only remains for me to bring it to a close. I now therefore, in Her Majesty's
name, prorogue this Legislative Council; and the same is hereby prorogued accordingly.
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