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Array     ARCHIVES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
MEMOIR NO. IV.
HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
CORRESPONDENCE
BOOK
AUGUST 12TH. 1856. TO
JULY 6TH. 1859.
THE GOVERNMENT OF
THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA.
PRINTED BY
AUTHORITY OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY.
VICTORIA, B.C.:
Printed by William H.  Cuelin, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1918.  WtiMffigtf
Provincial Library,
Victoria, December 10th, 1918.
The Hon. J. W. de B. Farris, E.G.,
Attorney-General of British Columbia,
Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B.C.
Sir,—I have the honour to transmit to yon herewith Memoir
No. IV. of the Archives Department, entitled " House of Assembly
Correspondence Book, 1856-1859." This bulletin completes the first
series of publications relating to the inauguration and progressive
development of the Colonial Government of Vancouver Island. The
letters which passed between the Governor, Legislative Council, and
House of Assembly throw light on the working of our earliest
Legislature and the public questions of that day. It is a pity
that the Ordinances of the Colony from 1850 to 1857 were not
printed, for some of the references in the Minutes would be still
more instructive if read with the Acts themselves. It would be
interesting to compare the earliest colonial enactments of that formative period with their modern counterparts.
With your permission and approval, the next bulletin will be one
dealing with the earliest official reports on the goldfields of the
Eraser River and in the heart of the great Cariboo District. These
documents should appeal to every one in the Province, for they
stand as a monument to the achievements of that heroic band of
pioneers and adventurers who laid the foundation of the Province
of British Columbia. His Honour Judge F. W. Howay, a high
authority on the early history of the Pacific slope in general, and of
the gold excitement in particular, has very kindly consented to edit
the memoir.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
E. O. S. SCHOLEFIELD,
Librarian and Archivist.
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Between His Excellency the Governor, Legislative Council,
and the House of Assembly.
Page
12th Aug.,    1856.   Clerk of House to Governor:
Electron of John Sebastian Helmcken  as  Speaker;
Robert Barr appointed Clerk; application for books
and grant of Vancouver Island, etc    13
19th Aug.,    1856.   Clerk of House to Governor:   Motion for use of law
books     13
26th Aug.,    1856.   Speaker to House:   Reply to motion for use of law
books    13
28th Aug.,    1856.   Speaker to Governor: Application for correct copy of
grant of Vancouver Island ...-     14
27th Nov.,    1856.   Speaker to Governor: Transmitting Colonial Accounts,
land returns, etc.       14
28th Nov..    1856.   Speaker to Governor:   Copies of public documents;
funds subject to control of Assembly, etc     15
6th Dec     1856.   Governor to Speaker:  Public Accounts; revenue; coal
royalty; revenue from liquor licenses     15
6th Dec.     1856.   Speaker to Governor: Acknowledging returns; charges
against License Fund     16
10th Dec,    1856.   Governor to Speaker:   Public Accounts; coal royalty
and liquor licenses    17
10th Dec,    1856.   Speaker to Governor:  Tendering thanks for message
and information touching Public Accounts of 18561     17
13th Dec, 1856. Speaker to Governor: Requesting census statistics ... 17
17th Dec, 1856. Governor to Speaker: Transmitting census returns ... 18
18th Dec,    1856.   Speaker to Governor: Acknowledging census returns;
Mr. Robert Barr tenders resignation as Clerk     18
18th Dec,    1856.   Speaker to Governor:  Transmitting first Supply Bill
(£130)        18
7th April,   1857.   Governor to Speaker: Transmitting Supply Bill, Rules
of Court, and Minutes of Council, 14th February, 1856   20
7th April,   1857.   Speaker to Governor: Acknowledging Governor's message of April 7th, 1857      21
7th April,   1S57.   Speaker to Governor:  Acknowledging Supreme Court
Rules     21 Uni.i-
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21st April, 1857.
21st April, 1857.
21st April, 1857.
5th May, 1857.
18th May, 1857.
28th May, 1857.
1st June, 1857.
1st June, 1857.
25th June, 1857.
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1st June,    1857.
8th June,   1857.
8th June,   1857.
List of Communications.
Page.
Speaker to Governor:  Postal arrangements; improvements in roads; Supply Bill      21
Speaker to Governor:   Transmitting Supply Bill and
resolution touching license funds      22
Speaker to Governor: Transmitting resolution on public roads to Gonzalo Point, Cadboro Bay, and Dead-
man's River     22
Governor to Speaker: House of Assembly's remonstrance against amendment to Supply Bill by Council;
post-office; public roads; Postal and Road Estimates,
April 21st, 1857       22
Speaker to Governor:  Council amendments to Supply
Bill resented by House      24
Speaker to Governor: Transmitting resolution on
duties on licensed houses collected in 1856      24
Speaker% to Governor: Transmitting address (See
Minutes of House) and motion for returns of income
and expenditure     25
Speaker to Governor: Transmitting resolution requesting copies of laws enacted by Council     25
Speaker to Governor: Acknowledging returns of income and expenditure, 1855 and 1856, and transmitting
resolutions on Reciprocity Treaty and Inferior Court
of Civil Justice     25
Speaker to Governor: Transmitting resolution respecting royalty on Nanaimo coal      26
Speaker to Governor: Transmitting Bill to enfranchise
the Town of Victoria      26
Speaker to Governor: Acknowledging copy of Act
regulating Importation of Spirituous Liquors; An Act
prohibiting Gift or Sale of Spirituous Liquors to Indians ; An Ordinance respecting the Colonial Church at
Victoria, etc       26
Governor to Speaker: Transmitting laws enacted by
Governor and Council; information relative to the Inferior Court of Civil Justice; letter from the Honourable David Cameron, Chief Justice     27
Governor to Speaker: Touching Nanaimo coal royalties ; no demand for coal     28
Governor to Speaker: Reciprocity Treaty and progress
of negotiations    29
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Speaker to Governor: Transmitting addresses touching
extension of Canadian Reciprocity Treaty with U.S. to
Vancouver Island; non-payment of royalties upon
Nanaimo coal     30
Speaker to Governor: Transmitting Bill for registration of Births, Deaths, and Marriages    30
Speaker to Governor:   Return relating to beer-house
licenses     30
Governor to Speaker: Acknowledging addresses from
House on beer-house licenses and revision of liquor
license law     30
Speaker to Governor: Acknowledging His Excellency's
message of August 5th, 1857, dealing with liquor license
law     31
Speaker to Governor: Transmitting resolutions asking
for information respecting Bill to enfranchise Town of
Victoria, Bill for Registration of Births, Deaths, and
Marriages, etc     31
Speaker to Governor: Report of Committee on Public
Schools; moving Victoria District School nearer the
Town of Victoria; dilapidated condition of Craigflower
School-house       32
Governor to Speaker: Acknowledging report of Committee on Public Schools; school fees     32
Governor to Speaker: Touching Bill to enfranchise the
Town of Victoria and Bill for the Registration of
Births, Deaths, and Marriages; Public Accounts; grants
of land to district schools    34
Governor to Speaker: Acknowledging Bill for the registration of Births, Deaths, and Marriages     34
Governor to Speaker: Acknowledging Bill to enfranchise
the Town of Victoria    35
Governor to Speaker: Acknowledging resolutions respecting licenses on beer houses    35
Speaker to Governor: Touching law relating to licensing of inns, public and beer houses    35
Speaker to Governor: Requesting copy of evidence
given before Committee of House of Commons to enquire into affairs of Hudson's Bay Company    35
Speaker to Governor: Transmitting resolutions relating
to conference between the Legislative Council and
House of Assembly    36
16th July,    1857.
11th Aug.,    1857.
11th Aug.,    1857.
5th Aug.,    1857.
11th Aug.,    1857.
11th Dec,    1857.
11th Dec,    1857.
19th Dec,    1857.
19th Dec,    1857.
19th Dec,    1857.
19th Dec,    1857.
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List of Communications.
Page.
Governor   to   Speaker:    Acknowledging   address- on
subject of conference between Council and House of
Assembly     36
Speaker to Governor: Acknowledging returns forwarded
by Governor; duties on licensed houses; reserves of
springs and old well for use of public; Victoria School-
house       36
Governor to Speaker: Acknowledging resolutions respecting- water springs and old well, etc     37
Governor to Speaker: Transfer of Victoria Colonial
School       37
Governor to Speaker: Public Gaol, Public Hospital, etc 38*
Governor to Speaker:  Duties on licensed houses .... 38
Governor to Speaker:   Return of vessels entered at
Port of Victoria; Customs Regulations  39
Governor to Speaker:  Public Gaol  39
Governor to Speaker: Removal of Victoria School ... 40
Governor to Speaker: Duties on licensed houses; shipping dues     40
Speaker to Governor: Acknowledging Governor's communication ; salary of Collector of Customs     41
Governor to Speaker: Removal of Victoria District
School      41
Governor to Speaker: Salary of Collector of Customs,
£700        42
Governor to Speaker:  Income returns, 1857     42
Governor to Speaker:   Bill to enfranchise Town of
Victoria     42
Governor to Speaker: Forwarding Inns and Beer
Houses Bill: Supply Bill; License Bill     42
Speaker to Governor:  Acknowledging receipt of Bills   43
Speaker to Governor: Presenting request for public
road from Graigflower to Hospital Road, Esquimalt,
passing barracks at Constance Cove     43
Speaker to Governor: Transmitting resolutions touching franchise of the Town of Victoria     44
Governor to Speaker: Act for enfranchising the Town
of Victoria; cause of delay    44
Speaker to Governor: Requesting Statutes, Journals,
Gazettes of Upper and Lower Canada, and publications
of British Government for use of House     44
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25th Jan., 1859.
5th Feb., 1859.
5th Feb., 1859.
8th Feb, 1859.
5th Feb., 1859.
•21st Feb., 1859.
15th Feb., 1859.
22nd Feb., 1859.
22nd Feb., 1859.
15th Feb., 1859.
31st March, 1859.
April, 1859.
7th April, 1859.
6th April, 1859.
6th April, 1859.
6th April, 1859.
List of Communications. 9
Page.
Speaker to Governor: Removal of Indians from Indian
Reservation on Victoria Harbour    45
Speaker to Governor: Reservations of lands for educational" purposes recommended      45
Governor to Speaker: Acknowledging resolution respecting proposed reservations of lands for school purposes   46
Governor to Speaker: Removal of Indians from reservation on Victoria Harbour; Governor's observations
on rights of Indians     46
Speaker to Governor:   Reservation of certain lands;
removal of Indians from Victoria Reservation     47
Governor to Speaker: Acknowledging request of House
of Assembly for books     48
Governor to Speaker: Intimating that Hudson's Bay
Company cannot without much inconvenience continue
to allow use of apartment for meetings of Assembly;
House thereafter to meet in Court-room of new Police
Office        4S
Speaker to Governor: Transmitting address praying for
immediate removal of Northern Indians from Victoria   48
Speaker to Governor: Transmitting resolution requesting  a  thorough   investigation  before   rescinding of
charter, or grant, of January 13th, 1849      49
Speaker to Governor: Acknowledging Governor's communication with reference to new  meeting-place of
Legislative Assembly     49
House of Assembly to Governor: Reservations of lands
for educational and public purposes; requesting that
resolution of January 25th be complied with     49
Speaker to Governor: Address praying for Mint ....    50
Speaker to Governor: Respecting progress of Bill to
enfranchise Town of Victoria     50
Governor to Speaker:   Bill to enfranchise Town of
Victoria        51
Governor to Speaker: Respecting the establishment
of Mint in the Colony     51
Governor to Speaker: Acknowledging address with
reference to enquiry into affairs of Colony     51
Governor to Speaker: Removal of Northern Indians;
correspondence with Captain De Couxcy, R.N., II.M.S.
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26th April,   1859.
2Sth April,   1859.
28th April,   1859.
4th May,    1859.
4th May,     1859.
10th May,    1859.
16th May,    1859.
16th May,    1859.
17th May,    1859.
16th May,    1859.
26th May,    1859.
List of Communications.
Page.
Governor to Captain De Courcy, RN.:   Removal of
Northern Indians     52
Courcy, M. de, Captain, R.N., to Governor, H.M.S.
" Pylades," Esquimalt Harbour:  Removal of Northern
Indians from Settlement     53
Governor to Speaker:  Reserves of land for school and
general purposes     53
Governor to Speaker: Removal of Indians from Indian
Reservation at Victoria      54
Speaker to Governor: Transmitting Bills respecting
marriages, property of religious institutions, and registration of conveyances and other deeds     55
Speaker to Governor:   Transmitting Bill  respecting
macadamizing of certain streets, etc.     55
Speaker to Governor: Transmitting Game Bill     56
Speaker to Governor: Need of buoys in Victoria Harbour       56
Governor to Speaker: Survey of Victoria Harbour by
Captain George Richards, R.N.; suggests expenditure
of f 400       56
Speaker to Governor: Repairs to Esquimau Road ... 57
Speaker to Governor: Acknowledging Governor's communication with reference to Captain Richard's survey
of Victoria Harbour     57
Speaker to Governor: Transmitting resolution respecting proposed new Government Buildings and bridge
over James Bay     57
Speaker to Governor: New Government Buildings and
bridge across James Bay     58
Speaker to Governor:  Reporting no funds for placing
buoys in Victoria Harbour      58
Speaker to Governor:  Captain G. H. Richard's report
on Victoria Harbour     59
Speaker to Governor:   Acknowledging communication
from Governor       59
Speaker to Governor: Bill for removal of remains of
deceased persons from a deserted graveyard in Victoria
to a new burial ground      59
Speaker to Governor: Returning Bills relating to
property of religious institutions and marriages on
Vancouver's Island     60 4th June, 1859.
6th June, 1859.
30th June, 1859.
4th July, 1859.
4th July, 1859.
4th July, 1859.
6th July,    1859.
List of Communications. 11
Page.
Speaker to Governor: Acknowledging Governor's communication authorizing expenditure of £250 for buoying
Victoria Harbour     60
Speaker to Governor: Requesting new writ for election of member for Nanaimo District    60
Speaker to Governor:   Return of John Swanston for
Nanaimo on June 23rd, 1859      61
Speaker  to  Governor:   Respecting  return  of  John
Swanston for Nanaimo      61
Speaker to Governor:   Respecting future Government
of Vancouver's Island     61
Speaker to Governor: Transmitting Bill to enforce completion of certain streets, Bill to increase number of
representatives and to create new electoral districts, and
Bill to amend Law relating to Inns, Public and Beer
Houses     62
Porter, Joseph, Clerk of the House, to J. D. Pemberton,
James Yates, J. W. MacKay, and T. J. Skinner: desiring attendance in House of Assembly at 6 o'clock, July
7th, 1859     62
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House of Assembly Correspondence
Book.
1856 to 1859
Election of
Speaker.
Hon. J. S.
Helmcken.
Robert Barr
Clerk
pro tern.
Library
required.
Victoria, Vancouver's Islaxd,
August 12th, 1856.
To His Excellency James Douglas, Esqr., Governor, &c, &c., do. :
Sib,—I am instructed by the House of Assembly to transmit
to Your Excellency the following resolutions passed this day in the
House aforesaid:—
It was proposed by Mr. Helmcken, That Mr. Pemberton be
appointed the Speaker of the said House. Seconded by Mr.
Kennedy.
An amendment was proposed by Mr. Langford, That Mr.
Helmcken be appointed the Speaker of the said House. Seconded
by Mr. Yates and carried.
It was proposed by Mr. Pemberton, That Mr. Barr be appointed
Clerk pro tern.   Seconded by Mr. Yates and carried.
It was then proposed by Mr. Skinner, That an application be
made to the Governor that proper and efficient books, &c, be
supplied to the House.   Seconded by Mr. Pemberton and carried.
It was then proposed by Mr. Skinner, That the House do
adjourn until Tuesday next, the 19th day of August next ensuing,
at the hour of 11 in the forenoon.
I am, &c, :&c,
(Signed)    Robert Babb,
Clerk pro tern.
Hottse of Assembly,
August 19th, 1856.
Motion No. 4.
" That application be made for the use of the law works, the
property of the Colony."
August 26th, 1856.
Reply.
The Speaker informed the House that any law books, the
property of the Colony, could be placed upon the table, the names 14
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Library.
Grant of
Island.
Message.
Public
Accounts.
Public lands
Land sales,
£6,193.
Official
documents.
of such books being given, with this proviso, that none be taken
away, but given up immediately the House adjourned, as the said
books are placed under the immediate charge of His Excellency
the Governor.
House of Assembly,
August 28th, 1856.
Motion No. 12.
"That respectful application be made to His Excellency the
Governor for a correct copy of the Grant of the Island and of any
other documents of a public nature calculated to throw light upon
the political position of Vancouver's Island Colony, likewise a
general Abstract of Colonial Accounts since the first formation of
the Colony up to the present time, showing the present income and
expenditure."
Reply.
govebnment house,
vlctobia, vancouveb's island,
27th November, 1856.
Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I herewith transmit the documents described in the accompanying Schedule for your information.
The Colonial Accounts extending to the close of 1855 are not
yet completed, and therefore cannot be laid before the House in
full. You will, however, find among the documents now transmitted a full account of all lands appertaining to the public domain
of this Colony which have been sold up to the 10th day of October
last, and also a classified abstract of the expenditure of the Colony
for the year ending with the 1st day of November, 1855.
In addition to the proceeds arising from sales of the public
domain appearing in the documents herewith, the sum of £6,193 0 0
has been received from the Hudson's Bay Company for lands
purchased on their account within the Colony. Further documents
relative to the financial state of the Colony will be sent to the
House as soon as they are made up.
I have to recommend that a sufficient money appropriation be
made by the House to defray the expense of preparing any documents required for their information in future, as there are at
present no funds at my disposal for that purpose.
I beg that the Charter of Grant of Vancouver's Island may be
returned, as I have no other copy.
(Signed)    James Douglas,
Governor, Vancouver's Island.
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Extract from Governor Douglas' Despatch to W. G. Smith,
Esqr., Secretary, Hudson's Bay Company, dated 19th July, 1855.
Extract from Governor Douglas' Despatch to W. G. Smith,
Esqr., dated 16th October, 1856, containing an Abstract of Accounts
from November, 1854, to November, 1855.
Abstract from Surveying Department showing Sales of Land
from the commencement of the same up to December, 1854.
Copy of the Charter of Grant of Vancouver's Island.
House of Assembly of Vancouver's Island,
November 28th, 1856.
The Speaker begs to inform His Excellency the Governor that
the House of Assembly met yesterday and adopted the following resolutions, and ordered the same to be presented to Your
Excellency:—
1st, That the thanks of this House be presented to His
Excellency the Governor for his communication of the 27th November, 1856, and that the subject contained therein relating to a
supply of money for copying documents, &c, will be taken into
consideration at an early period
2nd It was resolved that respectful application be made on
the part of the House of Assembly to know what funds are subject
to its control, and, if any, the amount of the same and from what
source derived? Also what fund is the royalty upon coal paid
into?
3rd T. J. Skinner, Esqr., was elected Chairman of Committee
and Deputy Speaker.
The House adjourned until Saturday next, to meet at 10 a.m.
GOVEBNMENT HOUSE,
Victoria, V.I.,
6th December, 1856.
Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have further to transmit with this communication Abstracts
of the Income and Expenditure of the Colony of V.I. for the two
years ending respectively with 31st day of October, 1853 and 1854.
I have received your Speaker's address of the 3rd day of
December, and highly appreciate your complimentary message.
In reply to the following questions of the House: " What
funds are subject to its control? The amount of such funds; from
what source derived; and to what fund is the royalty upon coal
paid into?"   I would observe that I am not at present prepared
27 Not., 1866.
Returns.
Eevenues.
Speaker to
Governor.
Copying
public
documents.
Revenues.
Coal royalty.
T. J. Skinner
elected Deputy
Speaker.
Message.
Public
Accounts.
Sources of
revenue.
Coal royalties.
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House of Assembly
6 Dec., 1866.
Revenue and
coal royalty.
Liquor  licenses
only revenue.
Revenue from
liquor licenses.
Speaker to
Governor.
License Fund.
to give the House a reliable and decided answer. My own
impression, however, is that the House can exercise a direct
control only over the revenue raised in the Colony through the
act of the general Legislature. The revenue derived from the tax
on licenced houses is therefore, I conceive, the only fund absolutely
at our disposal; the proceeds arising from land sales, royalties,
and timber duties being remitted and placed to account of the
Reserve Fund In England, which is, however, also exclusively
applicable for Colonial purposes, with the exception of 10 per
cent allowed by virtue of the Charter of Grant to the Hudson's
Bay Company.
The amount of revenue derived from the duty on licensed
houses for the respective years mentioned is given in the annexed
table:—
Year 1853 £220   0   0
„    1854 £460   0   0
„    1855 £340   0   0
These sums are also embodied in the Abstract of the Colonial
Accounts transmitted to the House.
(Signed)    James Douglas,
Governor, Vancouver's Island.
Abstract of Income and Expenditure of the Colony of Vancouver's Island for the Year ending 31st October, 1853 and 1S54.
House of Assembly, Vancouveb's Island,
December 6th, 1856.
The Speaker has the hooor to inform His Excellency the
Governor that the House of Assembly resolved this day:—
1st That the Speaker be requested to thank His Excellency
the Governor on behalf of this House for the information so
promptly and courteously afforded and further to apply to His
Excellency for similar information for the year ending November,
1856, as also to ask whether there is any charge against the License
Fund, to come under their control from that date
The House of Assembly will meet again on Wednesday next
at 11 a.m., and resolve itself into a Committee of Supply.
(Signed)    J. S. HELMCKEN,
Speaker.
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Government House,
Victoria, 10th December,
Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
1856.
I have received your address through Mr. Speaker's communication of the 6th December, and I thank you gentlemen for
your kind message.
I herewith transmit for your information an Abstract of the
Expenditure and Income of the Colony made up to the 31st day of
October last; excepting, however, the income derivable from the
royalty on coals, and the duty on timber, of which a statement
will be sent to the House as soon as the returns are received.
With respect to your Inquiry touching the application of the
duty on licenced houses for the year 1856, I have to inform the
House that the whole sum derived from that source of revenue was
paid over to the Hudson's Bay Company immediately after collection, and was carried with the other proceeds of revenue to the
credit of the General Colony Account, as shewn by the abstract of
the year's income transmitted with this communication.
(Signed)    James Douglas,
Governor, Vancouver's Island.
Abstract of Income and Expenditure on account of Vancouver's
Island Colony for Twelve Months ending 31st October, 1856.
House of Assembly, Vancouver's Island,
December 10th, 1856.
The Speaker, on the part of the House of Assembly, has
respectfully to acknowledge the receipt of a gracious communication and an Abstract of the Income and Expenditure for the Year
1856 from His Excellency the Governor, and to inform His
Excellency that the House of Assembly unanimously resolved,
"That the thanks of this House be presented to His Excellency
the Governor for the same."
(Signed)    J. S. HELMCKEN,
Speaker.
House of Assembly, Vancouver's Island,
December 13th, 1856.
The Speaker begs to inform His Excellency the Governor that
the House met this day and adopted the following resolution,
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10 Dec., 1S56.
Message.
Public
Accounts.
Coal royalty.
Timber dues.
Liquor
licenses.
Speaker
acknowledges
Message.
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House of Assembly
13 Dec, 1866.
Census
statistics.
Message.
Census returns.
Speaker to
Governor.
Census returns.
Clerk resigns.
Speaker to
Governor.
First Supply
Bin.
"That a requisition be made to His Excellency the Governor
for a copy of the last census of the population of the Island and
other such statistics connected therewith."
The House of Assembly will meet again on Thursday next at
11 a.m.
(Signed)    J. S. HELMCKEN,
Speaker.
Govebnment House,
Victobia, Vancouver's Island,
17th December. 1856.
Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have received Mr. Speaker's communication of the 13th Day
of December, containing the requisition of the House for a copy
of the last census of the population of Vancouver's Island and I
have in consequence the honor of forwarding with this letter the
documents described in the annexed Schedule.
Not having time to procure copies, I have sent the original
documents, which the House will probably cause to be returned
when convenient.
(Signed)    James Douglas,
Governor, Vancouver's Island.
No. 1. Census Returns, V.I. Colony, 1855. No. 2 Indian population, V.I., 1856.
House of Assembly of Vancouveb's Island,
December 18th, 1856.
The Speaker, on behalf of the House of Assembly, begs respectfully to acknowledge the receipt of the " census " of the inhabitants
and Indians of Vancouver's Island from His Excellency the Governor, and has the honor, in the name of the House, to thank His
Excellency for the same, and that they shall be returned at an
early period
He has also to inform His Excellency that Mr. R. Barr wishes
to resign his office of " Clerk of the House " pro tern.
(Signed)    J. S. HELMCKEN.
House of Assembly of Vancouveb's Island,
December 18th, 1856.
The Speaker begs to inform His Excellency the Governor and
Council that the enclosed Appropriation Bill was first voted in
" Committee of Supply," and has subsequently passed through the
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Correspondence Book.
19
usual stages of first, second, and third readings, and that it is
now presented by order of the House for the consideration of His
Excellency the Governor and Council.
(Signed)    J. S. HELMCKEN,
Speaker.
The following is the Bill referred to in the preceeding letter,
entitled
A Bill for the Appropriation of certain Moneys for the Use
of the House of Assembly of Vancouver's Isld
Whereas it is necessary that certain sums of money be voted
for defraying the unavoidable expenses attending the conduction
of the business of this House of Assembly of Vancouver's Island:
Be It enacted:—
1st. That £50 sterling be placed at the disposal of His Excellency the Governor to defray the expenses of copying statistics
and documents for the use of this House.
2nd That £10 sterling be given to Mr. Barr for his passed
(sic) services as Clerk of this House.
3rd That £5 sterling be granted to Mr. Andrew Muir for his
past services of Sergeant-at-Arms.
4th. That £25 be allowed for the salary of the Clerk of the
House for the.year 1857.
5th. That £15 be allowed for the salary of the Sergeant-at-
Arms & Messenger for the year 1857.
6th. That £20 sterling be granted for lighting, heating, and
furnishing the House for the year 1857.
7th. That £5 sterling be granted for stationery for the use of
the Members of the House of Assembly.
8th. That the above items be paid out of the revenue derived
from the licenses of July 16th, 1856.
Read the third time this 18th day of December, 1856, and
ordered to be forwarded to His Excellency the Governor aud
Council. '
J. S. HELMCKEN,
Speaker.
The following resolution relating to the 8th clause of the above
Bill was added as a rider, December 13th, 1856:—
" That, in the opinion of this House, the revenue derived from
licenses on the 16 day of July 1856 ought to be withdrawn from
the credit of the 'Trust Fund.'"
J. S. HELMCKEN,
Speaker.
18 Dec. 1856.
First Supply
BUI.
Supply Bill.
Appropriations.
Copying
documents.
Clerk.
Sergeant-at-
Arms.
Clerk.
Sergeant-at-
Arms.
Lighting, etc.
Stationery.
Amendment to
Supply Bill.
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House of Assembly
gSttt
15
m
7 Apr., 1857.
Message.
Supply Bill.
Rules of Court.
Returns.
Rules of
Court,   etc.
Supply Bill.
Amendment.
Bill as
amended.
Government House,
April 7th, 1857.
Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I herewith return the Act of the 18th day of December, 1856,
granting certain sums of money for the purpose of defraying the
ordinary expenses of the House of Assembly, which passed the
Council on the 14 day of February of this year, without alteration in any of its material provisions.
I also forward with this communication, for the use of the
House of Assembly, a copy of the " Rules and Manner of Proceeding of the Supreme Court of Civil Justice for Vancouver's Island,"
which received the approval of the Governor and Council on the
17th day of February last and was published on the same day.
(Signed)    James Douglas,
Governor.
Schedule 1. Copy of Minutes of Council, 14 Febr. 1857.
2. Rules of Supreme Court.
Copy of Minutes of a Council held at Victoria, Vancouver's
Island, on the 14 day of February, 1857.
The Council having met this morning pursuant to a summons
issued on the 13th of this present month, the Governor being
present and the following Members vizt.:—
John Tod, Senior Member,
Roderick Finlayson,
John Work,
The Governor then proceeded to lay before the Council An
Act granting the Sum of £130 for defraying the "Unavoidable
Expenses of the House of Assembly, which was read a third time
and passed the House on the 18th day of December last.
The Council having read the several clauses of the said Act,
It was proposed as an amendment, That the following words
should be omitted in the preamble, vizt: " Attending the conduction of the business "; and the following words in the 8th clause,
vizt.: "Licenses of July 16th, 1856"; and that the Act be as
follows:—
A Bill granting certain Sums of Money for the Use of the
House of Assembly of Vancouver's Island
Whereas it is necessary that certain sums of money be voted
for defraying the unavoidable expenses of the House of Assembly
of Vancouver's Island:   Be it therefore enacted
The clauses following are exactly the same as those in the
original BD1, with the exception of the 8th clause, which runs
thus:— Correspondence Book.
21
Stli clause. That the above items be paid out of the revenue
derived from the duty charged on licensed houses.
The Act so amended was approved and passed.
(Signed)    James Douglas,
Governor.
Victoria, 7 April, 1857.
House of Assembly of Vancouveb's Island,
April 7th, 1857.
The Speaker, on behalf of the House of Assembly, begs to
acknowledge the receipt (of) a copy of the "Rules and Manner
of Proceeding of the Supreme Court of Civil Justice of Vancouver's Island" from His Excellency the Governor; also " a copy
of Minutes of Council, 14th February," relating to certain amendments proposed in the Bill of Supply.
J. S. HELMCKEN,
Speaker.
House of Assembly of Vancouveb's Island,
April 7th, 1857.
To His Excellency the Governor and the Honble. Members of
Council:
The Speaker has the honor to transmit to Your Excellency
and the Honble. Members of Council:—
1st. A copy of the report of the Committee appointed by the
House Assembly to enquire into the postal arrangements of Vancouver's Isld
2nd A copy of a petition from certain Colonists, praying for
various improvements in roads and extensions of the same Also
a resolution of the House of Assembly thereon.
3rd The "Bill for the Granting of certain Sums of Money
for the Use of the House of Assembly," and also a resolution of
the House of Assembly relating thereto, as regards certain amendments proposed therein, rejecting the same.
The House wtiH. meet again April 21st. 1857.
(Signed)    J. S. HELMCKEN,
Speaker.
Apr.,  1S5T
Supreme
Court Rules.
Postal
arrangements.
Petition for
roads.
Supply Bill.
MJPiiaiMWM I
House of Assembly
Supply Bill.
Roads to
Gonzalo Point,
Cadboro Bay,
Deadman's
River.
Message.
Objections to
Supply Bill
amendments.
House of Assembly of Vancouveb's Island.
To His Excellency the Governor and Honble. Members of Council:
The Speaker, in returning the enclosed " Bill for the Granting
of certain Supplies for the Use of the House of Assembly." has
the honor to lay before Your Excellency and the Honble. Members
of Council the following resolution relating thereto:—
"That in the opinion of this House, the funds derived from
the licenses granted in July, 1856, are under its control, and
therefore that the Sth clause of the Bill remain as it stood in the
original."
(Signed)    J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly Vancouver's Island,
April 7th, 1857.
To His Excellency the Governor and Honble. Members of Council:
The annexed petition was presented to this House, and the
following resolution relating thereto proposed and carried nem.
con.:—
"That the consideration of His Excellency the Governor be
earnestly requested to the substance of the petition; at the same
time mentioning 'That a road to accommodate settlers in the
neighbourhood of Gonzalo Point is still more required, and a road
leading to Cadboro Bay much required. Also that the circumstances in this respect of the settlers in the neighbourhood of
Deadman's River be taken into consideration.'"
(Signed)    J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
Victobia, Vancouveb's 1st.,
21st April, 1857.
Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Speaker's
communications of the 7th April, with the accompanying documents.
With those documents is the "Bill providing for the Ordinary Expenses of the House of Assembly," which the House has
objected to pass as amended by the Council.
I would observe, in reference to that Bill, that the duties
raised on licensed houses for the year 1856 were paid into the
General  Colonial  Fund  and  expended,  with other proceeds  of Correspondence Book.
revenue, in the service of the Colony, prior to the Convention of
the House of Assembly in August last, and for that reason are
not at our disposal.
The Council, in amending the Bill, by charging the sums
thereby granted to the revenue derivable from the same source
in 1857, were influenced solely by the knowledge of that fact, and
not from any desire to interfere with the arrangements of the
House of Assembly.
I have received the report of the Committee on postal arrangements and the petition from certain Colonists praying for the
improvement of part of the public roads and for opening new ones
into other parts of the District of Victoria.
Feeling the great importance of the objects recommended in
those papers, I am of opinion that no time should be lost in
providing means for initiating a postal system, securing at once
the twofold object of safety and despatch in the delivery and
transmission of letters, and also that a provision should be
immediately voted by the House for the improvement and opening of public roads.
The Council will cordially co-operate in all measures suggested
by the House for the attainment of those objects.
I herewith annex a scheme of the probable outlay which will
thereby be incurred.
(Signed)  ^James Douglas,
Governor.
Estimate of Expenditure.
Postal Expenses.
Postmaster, salary £100
Post Office, rent, &c      100
Transmitting mails       300
21 Apr., 1867
Message.
Supply  BUI
amendments.
Post-office
and public
roads.
Postal system
Boads.
Road Expenses.
Improvement of public road   £200
Opening road from Victoria to Mount Douglas   450
Opening road from Victoria to Point Gonzalo   250
WBiWyiTOHiW!!{kt^u8Wl»!;i^kiMhH!
£500     £500 24
House of Assembly
21 Apr., 1867,
Speaker to
Governor.
Supply BUI,
post-office,
and roads.
Moneys from
licensed houses,
1866.
Souse of Assembly,
VlCTOBIA, V.I.,
April 21st, 1857.
The Speaker has the honor, on behalf of the House, to acknowledge the receipt of the communication from His Excellency the
Governor relating to certain amendments proposed in the "BUi
providing for the Ordinary Expenses of the House," and also
suggestions regarding postal arrangements and the opening and
improving of roads, &c
The House begs, with every respect, to assure Your Excellency
that it never supposed the Honble. Council intended interfering
with the well-known privilege of the House; at the same time, it
was considered expedient to know with certainty that the money
received from the licenses of 1856 had been expended, of which
there existed some doubt
In consenting now to the amendments proposed by the Council,
" That the various items in the BiH be paid Out of the money
derived from the duties on licensed houses for the year 1857," the
House begs to acquaint Your Excellency that they intend voting
the remainder of such revenue as circumstances may demand.
With regard to the remaining portion of Your Excellency's
communication, the House will take it into consideration this day
fortnight, and give it such attention as the importance of the
subject demands.
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
April 21st, 1857.
The Speaker has the honor to inform His Excellency the
Governor that the following resolution was agreed to by the
House of Assembly this day:—
" That on account of the communication from His Excellency
the Governor explaining that the money derived from the duties
on licensed houses of 1856 had been expended previous to the
creation of this House, this House do agree to the amendments
proposed by the Honble. Council, that the various items be paid out
of the revenue derived from licenses of 1857."
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
IKwmDCT
WtfHUWHHitKtti!i!
raiMBiMtitotflWBW^^ Correspondence Book.
House of Assembly,
May 5th, 1857.
The Speaker has the honor to inform HIS Excellency the
Governor that the House went into Committee this day, and
the following Address agreed to arid ordered respectfully to be
forwarded to Your Excellency.
Here fbflftas the Address, for which consult the Journal of
the above date.
The following motion was also agreed to.
Here follows Mr. McKay's motion for returns of income and
expenditure, for which see the proceedings of the House of the
above date.
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
May 18th, 1857.
The Speaker has the honour to inform His Excellency the
Governor that the following resolution was unanimously agreed to
this day:—
" That requisition be respectfully made to His Excellency the
Governor for copies of all laws enacted by the Council at present
in force in this Colony."
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
May 28th, 1857.
The Speaker, on behalf of the House of Assembly, has to
acknowledge the receipt of an Abstract of the Income and Expenditure for the Years 1855 & 56, as also a copy of the Laws and
Ordinances (from 1 to 10) enacted by the Governor and Council,
for which the House passed a vote of thanks to His Excellency the
Governor, after which the following resolutions were unanimously
agreed to:—
"That requisition be respectfully made to His Excellency the
Governor for information relating to the progress Of the negotiations for a Reciprocity Treaty affecting this Colony."
" That requisition be made with every respect to His Excellency
the GoVernor for information relative to the ' Inferior Court of
Civil Justice,' the constitution of the same, and by whose authority
the said Court has been constituted."
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
5 May, 1S57.
Speaker to
Governor.
See p. S3,
Assembly
Minutes,
Mem. III.
See p. 84,
Mem. III.
Copies of
laws enacted
by Council.
Public
Accounts,
1S55-6.
Laws in force.
Vote of thank
Reciprocity
Treaty.
Inferior Court.
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House of Assembly
1 June, 1867.
Speaker to
Governor.
Royalties on
Nanaimo coal.
Bill to enfranchise Victoria.
Spirituous
liquors.
-Colonial
Church.
Letter from
Cameron, C.J.
Inferior Court.
Coal royalties.
Reciprocity
Treaty.
House of Assembly,
June 1st, 1857.
The Speaker, in compliance with the wishes of the House,
begs to inform His Excellency the Governor that the following
resolution was agreed to this day, as no Member could give the
required information:—
"That requisition be courteously made to His Excellency the
Governor 'to know whether any royalties upon coal have been
received from Nanaimo for the year 1856? and, if not? the reason
of their being withheld.'"
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
June 1st, 1857.
To His Excellency the Governor and Honble. Council:
The Speaker has the honor to inform His Excellency the
Governor and Honble. Members of Council that the enclosed " Bill
to enfranchise the Town of Victoria " was read a third time this
day and finally passed
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
June 25th, 1857.
The Speaker has the honor to acknowledge the receipt from
His Excellency the Governor of the following documents:—
1. Act regulating the Importation of Spirituous Liquors.
2. An Act prohibiting the Gift or Sale of Spirituous Liquors to
Indians.
3. An Ordinance establishing Regulations for the Arrangement of the Affairs of the Colonial Church of Victoria.
4. Copy of a Communication from Chief Justice Cameron,
dated Belmont, 30th May, 1857.
Also three several communications relating to—
1. The Inferior Court of Civil Justice.
2. The Non-receipt of Royalties upon Coal from Nanaimo for
the Year 1856.
3. The Negotiations with the American Government for a
Reciprocity Treaty.
Being the returns moved for upon these subjects respectively.
iTCtmwt;aiU!tt^»a08roffltTmiiiitirUaii3^mK^tofBgtni Correspondence Book.
The House thanks Your Excellency for the same, and have
appointed a day, July 9th, for taking the same into consideration.
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
Victoria, Vancouveb's Island,
June 1st, 1857.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Speaker's
communication of the 28th May, transmitting a vote of thanks
from the House, which I highly appreciate and receive with the
most grateful feelings.
Copies of certain laws enacted by the Governor and Council,
not previously furnished, are transmitted with this communication
for the information of the House.
In respect to your Address of the 28th day of May, requesting
"information relative to the Inferior Court of Civil Justice, the
constitution of the same, and by whose authority it has been
constituted."
I addressed a note of enquiry upon that subject to Chief
Justice Cameron, and herewith forward his reply, containing the
information desired by the House.
I will further remark, in reference to that subject, that the
Court styled in your address " the Inferior Court of Civil Justice "
is administered by the same officers and in substance is nothing
more than a subordinate branch of the Supreme Court of Civil
Justice, established by Her Majesty's Order in Council, dated the
4th day of April, 1856, and Is intended for the recovery of small
claims by means of a less costly process than is required in the
case of suits instituted in the Supreme Court.
(Signed)
James Douglas,
Governor.
(Copy of a letter from David Cameron, Esqr., to Governor Douglas,
dated Belmont, May 30th, 1857.)
Sib,—I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Your
Excellency's note of this date, enclosing an Address from the
House of Assembly, "That requisition be made with every respect
to His Excellency the Governor for information relative to the
Inferior Court of Civil Justice, the constitution of the same, and
by whose authority it has been constituted."
25 June, 1857.
Vote of thanks.
Colonial
Ordinances
transmitted.
Inferior Court.
Small debts.
Enclosure.
Letter from
Chief Justice
Cameron
touching " Inferior Court."
HWiMfcAMMegmHrtiWhkkkMiai!^ I'll
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House of Assembly
" Inferior
or " Small
Debts " Court.
Petty debts
numerous.
Nanaimo coal
royalties, 1856.
No royalty
paid.
No law to enforce payment.
No coal
exported and
none used.
In reply, I have the honor to inform Your Excellency that
the Inferior Court of Civil Justice is founded upon the 9th and
10th Vic, Cap. 95, entitled " An Act for the More Easy Recovery
of Small Debts and Demands in England, on the 28th Day of
August, 1846."
English Jurists hold that Englishmen settling or colonizing
new countries carry with them as their birthright not only the
Common Law, but all the Statute Law, which may be suitable to
their circumstances and enacted prior to the foundation of the
Colony.
That this law is suitable and in existence here, as the Colony
was not founded until a few years after its enactment, there can
be no doubt;
As Chief Justice, I have brought it into use to meet the
exigencies of the suitors. Since my appointment suits for petty
debts have become comparatively numerous, and as the process of
the Supreme Court would be too costiy and even ruinous to the
suitors, I have used my discretion and adopted the process of the
9th and 10th Victoria as quoted above.
I have the honor to be,
Your Excellency's
Most humble servant,
XSigned)    David Camebon, CJ.
VicTOBiA, Vancouver's Isl.,
8th June, 1857.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Speaker's
communication of the 1st June, transmitting a resolution of the
House, to the effect "That requisition be made to His Excellency
the Governor to know whether any royalties upon coal have been
received from Nanaimo for the year 1856; and if not, the reason
of their being withheld"
The House will observe by the Abstract of the Income and
Expenditure of the Colony for the twelve months ending with the
31st day of October, 1856, which I lately forwarded for their
information, that no royalty on coal has been paid in for that
period
No reason has been assigned for that omission, and I am
really not aware of any law by which the Executive can properly
enforce payment against the proprietors of the coal-mines.
It is known that no coal has been exported, and that none
has been sold within the Colony for the last twelve months; it is
equally notorious that large stocks of coal have been accumulating
at the mines for which there is no demand
IV"
lii.l Correspondence Book.
29
The coal proprietors to&y therefore be unwilling, after having
gone to great expense in developing the resources of the Colony,
to Incur a further outlay by the payment of duties which probably
exceed the value of the coal.
Whenever the coal is sold the proprietors will be called upon
to pay the royalties; though I hold, as an incontrovertible maxim,
that the taxation of native produce is, in all cases, ruinous in its
effects on commercial enterprize, and directly opposed to every
sound principle of political economy.
(Signed)
James Douglas,
Governor.
VicTOBiA, Vancouveb's Isl.,
June 8th, 1857.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have to acknowledge your Speaker's communication of the
28th of May, containing the following resolution: " That requisition be made to His Excellency the Governor for information
relating to the progress of the negotiations with the American Government regarding the Reciprocity Treaty affecting this colony."
I regret to say that I have no other Information upon that
subject than is contained in a Despatch from J. F. Crampton, Esqr.,
lately Her Majesty's Minister at Washington, dated 15th February,
1856, which relates that he had addressed a note to Mr. Marcy
stating that the Authorities and the British settlers in Vancouver's
Island had expressed a desire to have that Colony included in the
provisions of the treaty signed at Washington, June, 1854, for a
Reciprocity Treaty of Trade between the "United States and certain
British Colonies therein enumerated, and that Her Majesty's Government entirely concurred in the expediency of such a measure,
and had instructed him to ascertain whether the Government of
the United States would be disposed to enter into negotiations for
that purpose.
I have not received a copy of Mr. Marcy's reply to that
Despatch, but Mr. Crampton further relates that when he first
alluded to the subject, Mr. Marcy remarked that, before he could
form any opinion in regard to the expediency of such a measure,
it would be necessary for him to consult some of the representatives in Congress of the States and Territories, who might be
' supposed to be more particularly interested in the matter.
Such Is the very limited amount of information which I
possess in reference to that subject
(Signed)    James Douglas,
Governor.
8 June, 1857.
Governor
to Speaker.
Nanaimo coal
royalties.
Taxation of
native produce
Beclprocity
Treaty.
Progress of
negotiations.
Colony
anxious   for
arrangement.
H.   M.   Govt,
concurs.
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House of Assembly
m
m
16 July,  1857.
Speaker to
Governor.
Reciprocity
Treaty.
Nanaimo coal
royalties.
Births,
Deaths,  and
Marriages.
Governor's
Message on
beer houses.
House of Assembly,
July 16th, 1857.
The Speaker has the honor to forward to His Excellency the
Governor the enclosed Addresses, agreed to unanimously this day.
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
1st. An Address In reply to the communication of June 1st
relating to the progress of the negotiations with the American
Government for a Reciprocity Treaty with this Island
2nd An Address in answer to a communication of the 8th of
June upon the subject of the non-payment of royalties upon coal
at Nanaimo for the year 1856.
For the Addresses see the proceedings of the House of the
above date.—J. S. H.
House of Assembly,
August 11th, 1857.
The Speaker has the honour to forward to His Excellency the
Governor and Council for their consideration the enclosed "Bill
for the Registration of Births, Deaths, and Marriages in Vancouver's Island and its Dependencies."
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
August 11th,
1857
The Speaker has the honor to acknowledge on the part of the
House the receipt of a Message from His Excellency the Governor
relating to the granting of licenses to beer houses, and containing
a recommendation that the subject be taken into consideration.
The House have appointed the 14th day of August for the
consideration of the subject.
J. S. Helmcken.
Victobia, Vancouveb's Isl.,
5th August, 1857.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have received your Speaker's letter of the 16th July last,
transmitting two Addresses from the House of the same date,
which shall have my best consideration.
KM
EH225K!raHanJE25H28MgS5u1 ll
Correspondence Book.
31
I have on the present occasion to call the attention of the
House to the Ordinance of the 29th of March, 1853, which authorizes the licensing of inns, public or beer houses, and regulates
the amount of duty chargeable for general wholesale and retail
licenses, but does not fix the rate of duty chargeable on houses
licensed for the sale of beer only.
An application for a beer license having been made to the
Licensing Magistrates at their late annual meeting by a respectable
citizen of Victoria, it was granted accordingly, and in the absence
of a legally fixed rate, the sum of £20 was charged for the said
license.
I have now to recommend to the House that the license law
be remodelled or a clause added to that law fixing the amount of
duty to be hereafter charged for licenses to sell beer and other
malt liquors.
(Signed)    James Douglas,
Governor.
Receipt of the above acknowledged; see preceeding page.—
J. S. H.
August 11th, 1857.
House of Assembly.
The Speaker has the honor to forward to His Excellency the
Governor the following resolutions adopted by the House this
day:—
The House of Assembly in Committee have the honor to
acknowledge the receipt of Your Excellency's communication of
the 5th August, 1857, suggesting their consideration of the Ordinance of the 29th March 53, with a view to remodelling the same,
and beg to say the subject shall receive their closest attention
at a future period.
The House is further of opinion that the sense of the House
should have been taken previously to fixing the £20 rate, which
they would suggest was a breach of their privileges.
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
December 11th, 1857.
The Speaker has the honor to inform His Excellency the
Governor that the House met this day and adopted the following
resolutions, respectfully requesting information thereon:—
1st For information respecting the " Bill to enfranchise the
Town of Victoria," also for the same concerning the " Bill for the
Registration of Births, Deaths, and Marriages."
11 Aug.,  1857
Beer-house
licenses.
£20 paid by
respectable
citizen.
Revision
of law.
Remodelling of
Liquor License
Ordinance.
Breach of
privilege.
Enfranchisement of
Victoria.
Births,
Deaths, and
Marriages.
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House of Assembly
ff
11 Dec, 1857.
Address on
Public  Schools.
Moving District School.
Craigflower
School.
PubUc
Schools.
2nd That a copy of the Colonial Accounts for the year 1857
be laid before the House as early as convenient.
3rd. That information be respectfully requested whether any
land be legally attached to the district schools or not? and if any,
what extent of land is attached to each.
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
December 11th, 1857.
To His Excellency the Governor and Council:
The Speaker begs respectfully to inform His Excellency the
Governor and Council that the report of the Committee appointed
to enquire into the state of the Public Schools, and which is
herewith enclosed, was presented to the House on December 4th
and ordered to be read after which the following notice of motion
was placed upon the books:—
"That the House go into Committee at its next meeting for
the purpose of considering the propriety of removing the Victoria
District School to a position nearer the Town of Victoria."
The House met this day, and after some preliminary
proceedings formed itself into Committee, and after discussion
unanimously agreed to the following resolutions:—
1st. That, in the opinion of this House, it is advisable that the
Victoria District School be removed to a position nearer the Town
of Victoria.
2nd. The House would recommend, " That the school-house
opposite Craig Flower, being in a very delapidated condition, be
thoroughly repaired before being taken off the contractor's hands."
It was also resolved that the report of the Committee be
adopted, and that the attention of His Excellency the Governor
and Council be respectfully directed to the matters related therein.
The House then adjourned until December 22nd at 10 a.m.
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
Victobia, Vancouveb's Island,
19th December, 1857.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your Speaker's com-
munication of the 11th of August last, transmitting a copy of the
report of the Committee appointed to enquire into the state of
the Public Schools, and also copies of certain resolutions respecting
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the District Schools, which had passed the House in consequence
of the information presented in that report.
I have to thank you for the said report, and to assure the
House that those resolutions shall be laid before the Council for
consideration at an early day.
I herewith transmit for your information the copy of a notice
issued on the 15th instant, respecting the rate of fees authorized
by the Governor and Council in the District Schools of Vancouver's
Island
James Douglas,
Governor.
Notice.
Whereas it appeareth from a report of a Committee of the
House of Assembly appointed to enquire into the state of the
Public Schools, of this Colony, and some misapprehension exists
with respect to the District School Fees as authorized by the
Governor and Council:
It is therefore desirable to make known to all whom it may
concern that the Teachers of the District Schools of Vancouver's
Island are, in addition to their annual salary and board allowance
from the Colonial Trust Fund, authorized to receive pupils in the
manner following, and to charge according to the Scale of Fees
hereinafter set forth for each pupil; that is to say, children placed
under the care of the District Teachers for tuition shall be boarded
at the following rates.:
1st, Children of Colonists residents
of Vancouver's Island and of servants of Hudson's Bay Gompany, j
2nd The children of non-residents,
not being servants of Hudson's
• Bay Company,
Day scholars attending the District Schools shall pay at the
following rates for tuition, viz.: Five shillings per quarter of (or)
twenty shillings per annum for the following instruction, viz.:
Reading, English grammar, writing, geography, arithmetic and
industrial training.
When a higher series of education is given, such as Latin
or other languages and the higher branches of arithmetic and
mathematics, they shall pay an increased rate of school fees to
be arranged between the Governor for the time being and the
Schoolmaster.
3
IS guineas per
annum.
Any sum that may
be agreed with
the parties.
19   Dec.,
Public
Schools.
1857.
District
School Fees.
Day scholars.
Higher
education.
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m
1
Enfranchisement of
Victoria.
Births,
Deaths, and
Marriages.
PubUc
Accounts.
Land grant
to District
Schools.
Births,
Deaths, and
Marriages.
In all cases the pupils are to find books and stationery at
their own expense, the same not being provided by the Colony.
RlCHABD   GOLLEDGE,
Secretary.
Victoria, Vancouver's Isld.,
December 15th, 1857.
By His Excellency's command.
VicTOBiA, Vancouveb's Island,
19th December, 1857.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your Speaker's communication of the 11th December, and in compliance with the
request of the House of Assembly, I have to refer you to my
communications of this date for information respecting the "Bill
to enfranchise the Town of Victoria" and the "Bill for the
Registration of Births, Deaths, and Marriages." I also herewith
transmit a copy of the Expenditure of the Colony for the twelve
months ending with the 31st day of October last, so far as the
returns have been received
I have also further to inform the House that it is my intention to make over by way of grant a piece of land for the use
of each of the District Schools, and I have every reason to believe
that the Governor and Committee of the Hudson's Bay Company
will confirm the said grant
(Signed)    James Douglas,
Governor.
Victobia, Vancouveb's Isld.,
19th December, 1857.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have to acknowledge Mr. Speaker's communication of the
11th of August last, transmitting " A Bill for the Registration of
Births, Deaths, and Marriages," which passed the House on the
same day.
It is my intention to submit the said Bill for the consideration
of the Governor and Council at an early day.
(Signed)    James Douglas,
Governor. Correspondence Book.
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Victobia, Vancouveb's Isld.,
December 19th, 1857.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have to acknowledge your Speaker's communication of the
1st of June last, transmitting "A Bill to enfranchise the Town of
Victoria," which will be submitted for the consideration of the
Council.
James Douglas,
Governor.
Victobia, Vancouveb's Isld.,
19th December, 1857.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have received your Speaker's communication of the 11th
of August last, transmitting certain resolutions respecting the
licensing of beer houses, which had passed through the House,
and will have my best attention.
(Signed)    James Douglas,
Governor.
House of Assembly,
April 29th, 1858.
The Speaker has the honor to forward the enclosed "Bill to
amend the Law relating to the Licensing of Inns, Public and Beer
Houses" for the consideration of His Excellency the Governor
and Council.
The House of Assembly does not consider any further alteration of the law necessary at present, but, with a view to its future
consideration, have limited its duration to one year.
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
April 29th, 1858.
The Speaker, on behalf of the House of Assembly, begs
respectfully to enquire whether a copy of the evidence given
before the Committee appointed to enquire into the affairs of the
Hudson's Bay Company has been sent for their Information; and,
if not, to ask the loan of one from His Excellency the Governor.
19 Dec.,  1857.
Enfranchisement of
Victoria.
Beer bouses.
Inns,  Public
and Beer
Houses.
Enquiry into
H. B. Go.'s
affairs.
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House of Assembly
29 April, 1858.
Blue Books.
Conference
between
Council and
House.
Conference
between
Council and
Assembly.
Returns  from
Licensed
Houses.
Reservation of
Springs  and
Old Well.
School-house.
The House of Assembly is further of opinion the copies of
Blue Books containing matters connected with Vancouver's Island
should be forwarded as soon as published for the information of
the House.
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
June 15th, 1858.
The Speaker has the honor to inform His Excellency the
Governor that the House met this day and adopted the following
resolutions.
For which see the proceedings of the House of the above date
relating to a Conference requested between the House and His
Excellency the Governor and Council.
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
Victobia, V.I.,
June 16th, 1858.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have received your Speaker's Address of the 15th inst.
requesting a Conference with me for the purpose of seeking
information on certain subjects which are therein detailed and
I have to inform you, in reply, that I shall have much pleasure
in meeting the House in Conference at Government House at 3
o'clock this afternoon.
James Douglas,
Governor.
House of Assembly,
August 10th, 1858.
The Speaker begs to acknowledge the receipt of the following
documents from His Excellency the Governor, being returns, &c,
moved for, and on the part of the House to thank His Excellency
for the same:—
1st. Returns of Monies arising from Duties on Licensed
Houses.
2nd. Information of Instructions having been given to reserves
the Springs of Water and Old Well with the Land adjacent for
the Use of the Public (July 27th).
3rd. Information regarding the School-house, Victoria, being
Information asked for as per Resolution of the House, August otb. Correspondence Book.
Ol
4th. A Communication relative to the Necessity of enlarging
the Prison and raising Funds for the Erection of same and other
matters.
The latter was to have been taken into consideration this day,
but owing to the indisposition and absence of Members the subject
will be brought forward on Tuesday next at 11 a.m.
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
Govebnment House,
August 6th, 1S58.
Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have the honor to acknowledge your Speaker's communication of the 27th of July, transmitting a resolution agreed to by
the House on the same day, and I have, in consequence of the
wishes expressed by the House in that resolution, given instructions to the Surveyor-General to reserve the water springs and
adjoining land and the well which formerly supplied the Town
of Victoria with water, for the use of the public.
(Signed)
James Douglas,
Governor.
Govebnment House,
Victobia, August 9th, 1858.
To Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have received your Speaker's communication of the 5th
August on the subject of the transfer of Victoria Colonial School,
and I have to inform the House that through my instructions
arrangements are now in progress for erecting a new School-house
on the Church lands near the parsonage, and when it is completed
the school will be removed thither and the present school-house
be made over to the Customs Department, which will be charged
with the cost of the building.
James Douglas,
Governor.
10 Aug., 1858.
Prison.
Water springs
and old well
reserved.
Removal of
Victoria
Colonial
School.
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House of Assembly
tin:
Rfi!
9 Aug., 1858.
Public Gaol.
PnbUc
Hospital.
Cost of
buildings.
Duties on
licensed
houses.
Govebnment House,
Victobia, August 9th, 1858.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Committee's report on the state and discipline of the Public Gaol at
Victoria, as transmitted to me in your Speaker's communication
of the 5th instant.
The painful details given in that report call for the instant
attention of the Legislature. The report shews that the present
gaol is too small for the place, and that a larger and well-ventilated
building is urgently required.
A Public Hospital is also one of those institutions which is
greatly needed for the relief of the casual sick, applications for
medical attendance being of almost daily occurrence at Government
Houses by sick and destitute persons.
I would therefore recommend that the House enter without
delay into the consideration of the ways and means of raising
money for defraying the expense of erecting a Public Gaol, and
also, should the expense not appear greater than the revenues of
the Colony are capable of defraying, the erection of a Public
Hospital.
The cost of those buildings will probably not exceed the
sum of £4,000 sterling, and the House should make provision
accordingly.
James Douglas,
Governor.
Victobia, V.I.,
23rd August, 1858.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I herewith transmit for the information of the House a further
return of the 19th inst of £360 arising from duties on licensed
houses.
(Signed)    James Douglas,
Governor.
Amount already accounted for £2,650   0   0
Account now transmitted        360   0   0
£3,010   0   0
tH
S35IH2F Correspondence Book.
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Victobia, V.I.,
23rd August, 1858.
To the Gentlemen and Speaker of the House of Assembly:
In consequence of the request of the House, there is herewith
forwarded for their information a return of the number of vessels
which have entered at the Port of Victoria since the 1st March
last and the dues collected on the same, and also of the number
of officers employed in the Custom-house and a statement of the
salaries which they respectively receive.
The Governor and Council have not framed any Customs Regulations ; the laws relative to shipping in this Colony being enforced
under the Customs Consolidation Acts, as they apply to the British
Possessions in America.
I have to thank the House for a copy of the report of the
Committee appointed to enquire into the state and discipline of
the Public Gaol.
(Signed)    James Douglas,
Governor.
Victobia, V.I.,
23rd August, 1858.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
Your Address of the 17th instant on the subject of the enlarge
ment of the Public Gaol has been received, and your suggestions
will be attended to.
In waiting the further action of the House, and the grant of
the sums of money requisite for carrying the proposed plans of
improvement into effect, there are two points which I have to
suggest for your consideration:—
1st. That the site of the building used at present as a Public
Gaol is in a very confined situation, and manifestly unfit for an
hospital, where thorough ventilation and pure air are so essentially
necessary for the recovery of the sick.
2nd. The Hudson's Bay Company will not consent to the proposal of the House for enlarging the present building, which belongs
to them, and is merely leased from year to year for the use of
the Colony.
James Douglas.
23 Aug., 1858.
No. of vessels
entering
Victoria.
Custom-house.
Customs
Regulations.
Public Gaol. 40
House of Assembly
23 Aug., 1858.
Removal of
Victoria
School.
Customs officers
not to be
provided with
residences.
Unauthorized
sale of liquors.
Licenses paid
into General
Colonial Fund.
Victobia, V.I.,
23rd August, 1858.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
In acknowledging your Address of the 17th August respecting
the removal of the Victoria School from the building where it is
now kept to another building which it is proposed to erect on a
more convenient site for the population of the town generally, I
am prepared to admit the cogency of the reason which have (has)
induced the House to express a wish that the proposed arrangement
should not be carried into effect; at the same time, however, I
must inform the House that arrangements have already been
entered into for the erection of the new building, chiefly in consequence of the generally expressed wish of the people, and of the
resolution which the House passed to that effect on the 11th of
December last-; and those arrangements cannot now be altered.
Nevertheless, should any evidence be made to appear of a
general desire on the part of the inhabitants of Victoria to retain
possession of the present school-house in preference to the new
building, I will in that case yield to their wishes and order the
new building to be used for some other public purpose.
The House having in the same Address given it as their
opinion that the officers of the Customs should not be provided
with private residences at the public expense, lest the outlay
should become burdensome to the Colony, I have to acquaint the
House that, in the arrangement made with the present Collector
of Customs, the advantage of having a free house forms part of
the salary and remuneration which he receives for his services,
and is not allowed him as a gratuitous favor.
James Douglas,
Governor.
Victobia, Vancouveb's Isl.,
August 23rd, 1858.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
In reply to your Address of the 17th of August respecting the
unauthorized sale of spirituous liquors at Nanaimo, I would
suggest that any Member of the House cognizant of infractions
of the license law should give information of the same to a
Magistrate, and prosecute before the proper Court all persons
guilty of those offences.
The moneys raised last year from duties on licensed houses
were paid into the General Colonial Fund as per a return then
furnished.   The House has consequently the means of ascertaining
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through its own records what sums were voted for the service of
the year, and what balance or if any remains disposable for the
current year. I therefore regret that the House should have had
the trouble of referring to me for information on a subject with
which I am imperfectly acquainted
The income derived from the dues on shipping must in the
first place be applied to the payment of the officers employed and
the other necessary expenses of the Department, and should any
balance remain after defraying those expenses, the sum will be
applied to meet the general expenditure of the Colony.
When Customs duties are levied in this Colony, which is,
however, not the case at present, the revenue so raised will
unquestionably be at the disposal of the Colonial Legislature.
(Signed)    James Douglas,
Governor.
House of Assembly,
August 24th, 1858.
The Speaker begs to acknowledge the receipt of the several
communications of August 23rd from His Excellency the Governor.
The House intends taking the same into consideration on
Friday next, but previous to that would be glad to know the
salary of the Collector of Customs, the same not being stated in
last returns.
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
Govebnment House,
November 8th, 1858.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
With reference to your Address of September 17th, wherein
further reasons are given in support of the opinion of the House
that the Victoria District School should not be removed from its
present situation, I have to acquaint the House that their wish
has been complied with; and, further, that instructions have been
given to put the said school-house in a proper state of repair, as
requested per resolution of the House of August 17th, 1858.
(Signed)    James Douglas,
Governor.
23 Aug., 1858.
Shipping dues.
Salary of
Collector  of
Customs.
Removal of
Victoria District School.
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House of Assembly
%
M
in
8 Nov., 1858.
Collector of
Customs.
Income
returns.
Enfranchisement of
Victoria.
Govebnment House,
November 8th, 1858.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
In acknowledging the receipt of your Address of September
17th. relating to certain omissions in the returns furnished by the
Collector of Customs, I beg to inform the House of my ignorance
of such omissions, and now state for the information of the House
that the salary of the Collector of Customs to be £700 per annum
with a free residence, and that the salaries of the officers engaged
in the Customs Department are paid out of the revenues received
by that Department.
(Signed)    James Douglas,
Governor.
Government House,
November 8th, 185S.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have to inform the House that instructions have been given
to forward, as soon as possible, "An Abstract of the Income of
the Year ending October 31st, 1857," being the returns moved for
by the House, September 17th, 185S.
James Douglas,
Governor.
Govebnment House,
November 8th, 185S.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
In reply to your communication of November 2nd requesting
information as to the progress of the "Bill to enfranchise the
Town of Victoria," I have to inform the House that the subject
is still under consideration.
(Signed)    James Douglas,
Governor.
Government House,
November 15th, 185S.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I herewith return the following Bills, which have been under
the consideration of the Council and have this day been duly
passed, and copies of which are herewith forwarded, viz.:— Correspondence Book.
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1st. A Bill to amend the Law relating to Inns and Beer Houses.
2nd. A Bill of Supply granting certain Sums of Money for the
Improvement of the Roads and Streets and for the Use of the
House of Assembly.
3rd. An Act to amend the Law relating to the Licensing of
Inns, Public and Beer Houses.
(Signed)    James Douglas,
Governor.
House of Assembly,
November 23rd 1858.
The Speaker begs to acknowledge the receipt of the following
Bills :—
1st. A Bill to amend the Law relating to Inns and Beer Houses.
2nd A Bill of Supply granting certain Sums of Money for the
Improvement of the Roads and Streets and for the Use of the
House of Assembly.
3rd. An Act to amend the Law relating to the Licensing of
Inns, Public and Beer Houses.
These Bills were severally laid before the House this day,
and the formular (sic) amendments therein made by the Legislative Council agreed to nem. con.
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
December 7th, 1858.
The Speaker has the honor to inform His Excellency the
Governor that the following resolution was unanimously agreed
to this day:—
"That an Address be presented to His Excellency the
Governor, praying that a public road be opened from Craig Flower
to the Hospital Road at Esquimalt, passing by the Barracks at
Constance Cove, and also that the old road across the Gorge be
reopened"
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
15 Nov., 1858.
Inns and Beer
Houses Bill.
Supply Bill.
Licenses.
Inns and Beer
Houses.
Supply.
Liquor
licenses.
Road, Craig-
flower to
Hospital  Road.
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House of Assembly
11  Jan.i  1859.
U
ill
Enfranchisement of
Victoria.
Enfranchisement of
Victoria.
Books for
House.
House of Assembly,
January 11th, 1859.
The Speaker has the honor to inform His Excellency the
Governor that the following motion was brought forward by Mr.
J. Yates (Victoria)  and agreed to:—
" I beg to move, That this House be informed by the Executive
if the bill for the Extension of the Franchise to the Town of
Victoria, which passed this House on the first of June, 1857, is
likely to be passed or rejected by the Executive."
The House will meet on Tuesday next at 11 a.m.
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
Govebnment House,
January 18th, 1859.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have received your Speaker's communication of the 11th
inst. containing the following motion brought forward by Mr.
Yates  (Victoria) :—
" I beg to move, That this House be informed by the Executive
if the bill for the Extension of the Franchise to the Town of
Victoria, which passed this House on the first day of June, 1857,
is likely to be passed or rejected by the Executive."
I have to inform you, in reply to that Address, that the consideration of the Act for the Enfranchising to (of the) Town of
Victoria has been necessarily delayed in consequence of the condition of the country and the great pressure of public business; it
will, however, be brought forward for the consideration of the
Council on the first convenient occasion, and the decision of that
body will be communicated to you at an early day after its first
meeting.
(Signed)    James Douglas,
Governor.
House of Assembly,
January 18th,
1859.
The Speaker has ,the honor to inform His Excellency the
Governor that the following resolution was unanimously agreed
to this day:—
" That an Address be presented to His Excellency the
Governor, praying that His Excellency would communicate with
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His Excellency the Governor-General of Canada or proper authorities for the purpose of obtaining a presentation of the following
works:—
1. Statutes of Upper Canada.
2. do      of Lower Canada.
3. Journal of Proceedings of Legislative Assembly.
4. Journal of Proceedings of Legislative Council.
5. Revised Statutes of Upper Canada.
6. Revised Statutes of Lower Canada.
7. Canada Gazette—Old files as well as new as they come
out, and any other works Issued by Government.
And that His Excellency would also hold communication with
the Home Government for the purpose of obtaining the more
recent Statutes as well as a supply of works published by the
Government."
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
January 25th, 1859.
The Speaker has the honor to Inform His Excellency the
Governor that the following resolution passed unopposed this
day:—
"That application be made to His Excellency the Governor
for the following information, viz.: Has the Government of this
Island the power to remove the Indians (by purchase) from that
piece of land inside Victoria Harbour known as the ' Indian
Reservation'? Should Government not have that power, may
it please His Excellency to inform this House " wherein the Government is powerless."
(J. Yates.)
The House will meet again February 8th at 11 ajn.
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
January 25th, 1859.
The Speaker begs to inform His Excellency the Governor that
the following motion was agreed to this day:—
" That an Address be presented to His Excellency the Governor,
praying that one hundred acres of land be reserved in the Districts
of Esquimault and Metchosen, Sooke, Saaniitch. and Cowwitchin
for educational purposes, and that one hundred acres of land in
18 Jan.,  1859.
Books   required
by House.
Removal of
Indians from
Reservation.
Reservations
of land for
educational
purposes.
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38
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Reservation
of lands for
school
purposes.
Removal of
Indians from
Reservation
at Victoria.
House of Assembly
each of the aforesaid districts be reserved for public purposes,
the said lands to be chosen in the most eligible situations."
(J. W. McKay.)
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
Victobia, Vancouveb's Island,
5th February, 1859.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have duly received your Address of the 25th ultimo, praying
that certain lands should be reserved in the several Districts of
Esquiinault, Sooke, Saanitch, Metchosin, and Cowitchin for educational and public purposes, and I have to communicate to you, in
reference thereto, that instructions have been issued to Mr.
Surveyor-General Pemberton requiring him to make large reserves
for the general purposes of the Government in the Districts of
Esquimault, Metchosin, Sooke, Saanitch, Cowwitchin and Nanaimo,
and all other districts in Vancouver's Island which may hereafter
be surveyed for settlement
(Signed)    James Douglas.
Victoria, Vancouveb's Island,
5th February, 1859.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your Speaker's communication of the 25th ultimo, containing the following resolution
which passed the House on that day:—
"That application be made to His Excellency the Governor
for the following information, viz.: Has the Government of this
Island the power to remove the Indians (by purchase) from that
piece of land inside Victoria Harbour known as the Indian Reservation? Should the Government not have that power, may it
please His Excellency to inform this House wherein the Government is powerless."    (J. Yates.)
In reply to the foregoing resolution, I have to observe that
previously to the grant of the Island to the Hudson's Bay Company the whole Island was vested in the Crown as part of its
domains.
When the settlement at Victoria was formed, certain reservations were made in favour of the Indian tribes.
First: They were to be protected in their right of fishing on
the coast and in the bays of the Colony, and of hunting over all
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unoccupied Crown lands; and they were also to be secured in the
enjoyment of their village sites and cultivated fields.
Those rights they have since enjoyed in full, and the reserves
of land covering their village sites and cultivated fields have all
been distinctly marked on the maps and surveys of the Colony,
and the faith of Government Is pledged that their occupation shall
not be disturbed
For that reason the Government will not cause them to be
removed because it is bound by the faith of a solemn engagement
to protect them in the enjoyment of those agrarian rights.
It may further interest the House to know that the title to
those lands is vested in the Crown, and that the Indians of themselves can convey no UUe to any part of their reserves either by
sale or lease.
The presence of Indians near the town is a public Inconvenience, but their violent removal would be neither just nor
politic.
I therefore propose, as a remedy, to enter into arrangement
with their consent to subdivide the reserve adjacent to Victoria,
and to let it out on leases to persons who will undertake to build
and to make other improvements upon it, and to apply the whole
proceeds of those leases to the general benefit of the Indians
interested. That Is by providing them with a school-house and
teacher, who will probably be a Missionary Clergyman, for the
education of their children, and to endeavour thus to raise them
morally and socially to a higher position than they now occupy
in the Colony.
By such means a great benefit, worthy of the philanthropy
of our country, will be conferred upon the Indians themselves,
while at the same time the improvement and increase of the Town
of Victoria will not be retarded by their unprofitable occupation
of one of its most valuable portions.
James Douglas.
House of Assembly,
February 8th, 1859.
The Speaker begs to acknowledge the receipt of two several
communications from His Excellency the Governor:—
1st. Relating to the reservation of certain lands for Government purposes in various districts of Vancouver's Island; the same
being in reply to a resolution of the House of January 25th.
2nd Relating to the removal of the Indians from their reservation in Victoria Harbour, and defining a plan by which the
desire of the House, as expressed by resolution January 25th,
might be obtained.
5 Feb., 1859.
Removal of
Indians from
Reservation.
Their rights.
Leasing of
reserve for
benefit of
Indians.
Reservation of
certain lands.
Removal of
Indians.
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Books for
House.
New apartments for
Legislature.
These several communications were read to the House and
ordered to be taken, into consideration on Tuesday next at 11 a.m.,
when certain resolutions will be proposed relative thereto.
J.  S.  Helmcken,
Speaker.
Victoria, Vancouver's Isld.,
5th February, 1859.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have duly received your Speaker's communication of the
18th ultimo, forwarding to me a resolution which had been unanimously agreed to on that day, to the effect that the Governor-
General of Canada should be requested to present certain works
as named for the use of the House of Assembly of Vancouver's
Island
In reply thereto, I would beg to acquaint you that I will
forward a copy of your resolution to the Governor-General of
Canada, and will request a presentation of the works desired
James Douglas.
Govebnment House, Victobia,
Vancouveb's Island,
21st February, 1859.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of House of Assembly:
Having received intimation from the officer in charge of the
Hudson's Bay Company's establishment at this place that he
cannot without much inconvenience any longer dispense with the
use of the apartment in which the House of Assembly have
hitherto met and pursued their meritorious and highly useful
labors, I wish on the present occasion to inform you that I have
made arrangements that the House should hereafter be convened
in the Court-room of the New Police Office, which I have directed
the Commissioner of Police to prepare for your reception without
delay, in a manner befitting the^dignity of your Honourable House.
I have, &c,
(Sgd.)    James Douglas,
Gov.
House of Assembly,
February 15th, 1859.
The Speaker has the honor to inform His Excellency the
Governor that the following resolution was agreed to this day:—
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" That an Address be presented to His Excellency the Governor,
praying for the immediate removal of the Northern Indians from
the Town of Victoria."
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
February 22nd 1859.
The Speaker begs to inform His Excellency the Governor that
the following motion was carried this day:—
" That an Address be presented to His Excellency the Governor,
praying that he will impress upon Her Majesty's Government the
imperative necessity of sending Commissioners to this Island
without delay for the purpose of making a thorough investigation
into the affairs of the Colony before releasing the Hudson's Bay
Company from their responsible Government"
(Mr. Yates.)
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
February 22nd, 1859.
The Speaker, having received Your Excellency's communication of February 21st informing the House that the hall In which
they at present meet is required for other purposes and that
suitable accommodation will be afforded in future in the Courthouse, laid the same before the House of Assembly, who acquiesced
in the arrangement.
J.  S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
To His Excellency tlie Governor of Vancouver's Island.
House of Assembly,
15th February, 1859.
To His Excellency the Governor:
The House of Assembly begs respectfully to acknowledge the
receipt of Your Excellency's communication of 5th February, 1859,
the same being a reply to the resolution of the House of January
25th that one hundred acres of land should be reserved in several
mentioned districts for educational and one hundred for public
purposes.
15 Feb., 1869.
Northern
Indians.
Investigation
into Colonial
affairs.
New chamber
for House.
Reservation
of land.
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House of Assembly
15 Feb., 1859.
Large reserves
for Government
purposes.
Averse to
reserves for
religious establishments.
Reserves not
to be sold
without consent
of House.
Mint.
Enfranchisement of
Victoria.
The House observes that, in replying to this resolution, Your
Excellency's remarks "that instructions have been issued to
Mr. Surveyor-General Pemberton requiring him to make large
reserves for the general purposes of Government in the various
Districts of Esquimau, Matchosin, Sooake, Saanitch, Cowitchin,
and Nanaimo, and all other districts in Vancouver's Island which
may hereafter be surveyed for settlement."
In reference to this paragraph, the House would humbly
observe that, knowing large reserves to be detrimental to the
settlement of the Colony and at the same time unnecessary, it
had no desire that any more land should be reserved and not for
any other purpose than was explicitly stated, but particularly were
averse to making reserves for the purpose of endowing or supporting any religious establishments, considering any reserve for this
purpose unadvisable and objectionable.
The House would therefore humbly request that its resolution
of January 25th should be complied with, and, moreover, hopes
and respectfully asks that in any case it shall be guaranteed that
such reserves shall not be sold leased or otherwise disposed of,
made use of, excepting with the consent of the Legislature of
Vancouver's Island, and respectfully urges that this request be
complied with.
House of Assembly,
31st March, 1859.
Mr. Speaker has the honor to inform His Excellency the
Governor that the following Address was agreed to this day:—
" That an Address be presented to His Excellency the Governor,
praying that he will urge upon the Home Government the desirability of establishing a mint in this Colony, and also that the
money therein coined shall be decimal currency of the same value
as that of the United States of America."
Proposed by the Hon. Member for Esquimau.
House of Assembly,
April, 1859.
Mr. Speaker begs respectfully to inform His Excellency the
Governor that the following resolution was agreed to by the House
this day:—
" That information be courteously requested of His Excellency
the Governor respecting the progress of the Bill to enfranchise the
Town of Victoria."
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51
Govebnt. House, Victobia,
7th April, 1859.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
In reply to the resolution which passed your House on the
6th instant requesting information respecting the progress of the
Bill to enfranchise the Town of Victoria, I have to communicate
for your information that the said Bill was laid before Council
and received its favorable consideration for the first time on the
23rd day of March last
(Sgd.)    James Douglas,
Governor.
Govebnt. House,
6th April, 1859.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of a communication from Mr. Speaker dated on the 31st March, transmitting the
following Address:—
" That an Address be presented to His Excellency the Governor,
praying that he will urge upon the Home Government the desirability of establishing a Mint in this Colony, and also that the
money shall be decimal currency of the United States of America."
I beg to assure the House that I will, without delay, enter into
communication with Her Majesty's Government strongly recommending the expediency and advantage of establishing a Mint on
Vancouver's Island.
James Douglas,
Governor.
Govebnment House,
6th April, 1859.
The Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your Address of the 22nd
February last, stating that the following motion was carried that
day:—
" That an Address be presented to His Excellency the Governor,
praying that he will impress upon Her Majesty's Government
the imperative necessity of sending Commissioners to this Island
without delay for the purpose of making a thorough investigation
into the affairs of the Colony before releasing the Hudson's Bay
Company from their responsible Government,"
7 April,   1859.
Enfranchisement of
Victoria.
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Mint.
Investigation
of Colonial
affairs.
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House of Assembly
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6 Apr.,  1859.
Removal  of
Northern
Indians.
Removal of
Northern
Indians.
I beg to assure the House that I will transmit, without
delay, a copy of this motion for the information of Her Majesty's
Government.
(Sgd.)    J. Douglas,
Governor.
Gov. House, V. Isld.,
6th April, 1859.
To Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have received your Address of the 16th February last,
"praying for the immediate removal of the Northern Indians
from the Town of Victoria," and in reference to that subject I
now communicate for your information copy of a correspondence
with Captain De Courcy, RNT., making a demand on that officer
for the assistance of one of Her Majesty's vessels of war to convey,
for reasons therein stated the said Indians in their canoes as
far as Johnston's Straits, and communicating his ready compliance
with the demand by detaching Her Majesty's steamship " Tribune,"
under the command of Captain Hornby, RJ*., for that responsible
and trying service.
Their removal was effected with complete success, attended
with circumstances evincing a degree of humanity and sound judgment highly honorable to the gallant officer in command.
James Douglas,
Governor.
Victoria, V.I.,
8th March, 1859.
Sir,—There is at the present moment a large number of
Northern Indians encamped in and around Victoria through whom
it is apprehended disturbances may arise, and by whom outrages
may be committed, and as I have been anxious for some time past
to remove these Indians from the place, and to send them to their
homes, I have the honor to apply to you on the occasion to know
whether you will spare one of Her Majesty's vessels of war to
assist me in my endeavours, by conveying the said Indians in their
canoes as far as Johnston's Straits, which would insure the safe
conveyance of the Indians beyond a point where they would be
likely to commit any outrages on the white settlements, and would
at the same time give them sufficient protection against a tribe
near to that locality whom they represent they are unable to pass
at the present time unless protected
(Sgd.)    James Douglas,
Governor.
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1 Correspondence Book.
53
H.M.S. "Pylades," Esqutmalt Habboub,
12th March, 1859.
Sib,—In reply to your letters of the 8th and 9th Inst, I have
the honor to acquaint you that H.M.S. "Tribune" will be ready
on Wednesday, the 16th Inst., to convey the Northern Indians as
far as Cape Mudge, beyond which point I cannot authorise Captain
Hornby to go in the ship, but will leave It to his judgment as to
the necessity, or otherwise, of conveying the Indians by the ship's
boats for a moderate distance beyond that point.
Captain Hornby will be instructed to receive on board the
"Tribune" whoever you may think necessary to send in charge
of the Indians, and any suggestions you may have to offer shall
be attended to.
&C &c., &c.,
Mich, de Courcy,
Captain and Senior Officer.
His Excellency the Governor.
Govebnt. House, V.I.,
6th April, 1859.
The Speaker and Gentlemen of House of Assembly:
I have received your Speaker's communication of the 31st
March, wherein reference is made to a communication from me
of the 5th February in reply to the resolution of the House of
the 25th January last, praying that 100 acres of land should be
reserved in certain districts of Vancouver's Island for educational
and 100 for public purposes.
I beg to observe, for the information of the House, that in
surveys of the public domain large reserves of land are invariably
made for the purposes of Government, and that rule has been
carried out in Vancouver's Island in common with other Colonies.
The disposal of such land and its application to special objects
rests with the Crown, except in Colonies where arrangements have
been made for securing a civil list in return for the lands of the
Crown.
In communicating, therefore, to you that I had issued instructions to Mr. Surveyor-Pemberton requiring him to make large
reserves for the general purposes of Government in all the surveyed
districts of Vancouver's Island L in substance, complied with the
wishes of the House and exercised to their full extent the power
vested in my office.
The House will thus observe that I could not authorize the
application of those reserves for special objects, and for the same
reason I cannot literally comply with the request of the House
12 Mar., 1859.
Removal of
Northern
Indians.
Reservations
of land for
school and
other purposes.
Civil list.
Large revenues
for general
purposes.
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House of Assembly
6 Apr., 1859.
Land reserves.
Removal of
Indians from
Reservation
at Victoria.
Indian rights.
Government
bound by
solemn engagement.
Title vested
in Crown.
as stated in your communication of the 31 March, to the effect
that " It shall be guaranteed that such reserves shall not be sold,
leased, or otherwise disposed of (or) made use of excepting with
the consent of the Legislature of Vancouver's Island"
The House may, however, rest assured that I will not fail to
recommend their petition for the favorable consideration of Her
Majesty's Government.
James Douglas,
Governor.
Victoria, Vancouveb's Ise.,
5th February, 1859.
To Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your Speaker's communication of the 25th ultimo, containing the following resolution which
passed the House on that day:—
"That application be made to His Excellency the Governor
for the following information, viz.: Has the Government of this
Island the power to remove (by purchase) the Indians from that
piece of land inside Victoria Harbour known as the " Indian Reservation " ? Should Government not have that power, may it please
His Excellency to inform this House wherein the Government are
powerless."    (J. Yates.)
In reply to the foregoing resolution, I have to observe that
previously to the grant of Vancouver's Island to the Hudson's Bay
Company the whole Island was vested in the Crown as part of its
domain.
When the settlement at Victoria was formed certain reservations were made in favour of the native tribes.
1st They were to be protected in their original right of fishing
on the coast and in the bays of the Colony, and of hunting over
all unoccupied Crown lands; and they were also to be secured in
the enjoyment of their village sites and cultivated fields. Those
rights have since been enjoyed in full, and the reserves of land
covering their village sites and cultivated fields have all been
distinctly marked on the maps and surveys of the Colony, and
the faith of Government is pledged that their occupation shall not
be disturbed.
For that reason the Government will not cause them to be
removed, because it is bound by the faith of a solemn engagement
to protect them in the enjoyment of those agrarian rights.
It may further interest the House to know that the title to
those lands is vested in the Crown, and that the Indians of themselves can convey no title to any part of their reserves either by
sale or lease. Correspondence Book
55
The presence of the Indians so near the town is a public
inconvenience, but their violent removal would be neither just nor
politic.
I therefore propose as a remedy to enter into arrangements,
with their consent, to subdivide the reserve adjacent to Victoria,
and to let it out on leases to persons who will undertake to build
and to make other improvements upon it, and to apply the whole
proceeds of those leases to the general benefit of the Indians interested ; that is, by providing them with a school-house and Teacher,
who win probably be a Missionary Clergyman, for the education
of their children, and to endeavour thus to raise them morally and
socially to a higher position than they now occupy in the Colony.
By such means a great benefit, worthy of the philanthropy of
our country, will be conferred upon the Indians themselves, while
at the same time the improvement and Increase in the Town of
Victoria will not be retarded by the unprofitable occupation of one
of its most valuable portions.
(Signed)    James Douglas.
This communication is placed here, having been overlooked
for insertion in its proper place.—J. S. H.
As a matter of fact this letter is printed on page 46.—E. O. S. S., Ed.
House of Assembly,
April 20th, 1859.
The Speaker begs to acknowledge the receipt from the Governor
and Council of—
1st. A Bill for the Passage of an Act respecting Marriages in
the Colony of Vancouver's Island and its Dependencies.
2nd. A Bill for the Passage of an Act respecting the property
of Religious Institutions in the Colony of Vancouver's Island and
its Dependencies.
3rd. A Bill to provide for the Registration of Conveyances and
other Deeds.
These several Bills were duly laid before the House this day.
J.  S.  Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
April 20th, 1859.
The Speaker has the honor to forward the enclosed "Bill to
authorize the McAdamizing of certain Streets, the Erection of a I
5 Feb., 1859.
Leasing of
Indian Reserve.
School-house
and teacher-
missionary.
Marriages.
Property of
Religious
Institutions.
Registration
of Deeds.
Macadamizing
of certain
streets. 56
House of Assembly
20 Apr., 1859.
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Game Bill.
Improvement
of Harbour.
Capt. Richards'
survey of Victoria Harbour.
Bridge, and to provide Means for the Same," which passed the
House this day, and ordered to be transmitted for the consideration of His Excellency the Governor and Council.
J.  S.  Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
April 20th, 1859.
The Speaker begs to acknowledge the return of the "Bill to
provide for the Passage of an Act for the Preservation of Game,"
with certain amendments inserted therein by the Governor and
Council.
The aforesaid amendments having been brought under the
consideration of the House were agreed to this day.
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
April 26th,
1859.
The Speaker has the honor to inform His Excellency the
Governor that the following Address passed the House of Assembly
this day:—
" That an Address be presented to His Excellency the Governor,
praying that His Excellency will take into consideration the importance of having buoys laid down on the sunken rocks in Victoria
Harbour, as they are extremely dangerous to shipping, and from
the frequent occurrence of vessels getting aground upon these rocks,
it has a tendency to impress upon the minds of shipmasters and
others a very unfavourable opinion of the harbor."    (Mr. Yates.)
The House will meet again on Thursday, the 28th instant, at
11 o'clock a.m.
(Signed)    J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
Govebnment House, Victobia,
Vancouveb's Island, 28th April, 1859.
To the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly:
I have the honor of transmitting herewith for your information a copy of a report and of an elaborate survey of the
Harbor of Victoria, kindly prepared at my request by George
Henry Richards, Esquire, Captain of Her Majesty's surveying
ship "Plumper," and I beg to call the attention of the House
to the Valuable suggestions of that officer With respect to the Correspondence Book
Of
expediency of placing buoys and distinguishing marks on the
Sleepers, and other rocks, which obstruct the passage, and endanger
the safety of vessels entering and leaving this harbour.
I have strongly to recommend that highly important measure
to your favourable consideration, and that provision may be made
by the House without delay for defraying the necessary expense
of labor and material, which it is estimated will not much exceed
the sum of £400 sterling.
(Signed)    James Douglas,
Governor, Vancouver's Island.
House of Assembly,
April 28th, 1859.
The Speaker has the honor to inform His Excellency the
Governor that the following resolution passed the House of
Assembly this day:—
"That six hundred pounds having been voted last year out
of the License Fund for the repairs of the road to Esquimau,
His Excellency the Governor be respectfully requested to order the
necessary repairs to be commenced without delay."   (Mr. Skinner.)
The House will meet again on Monday, May 2nd, at 11 o'clock
a.m.
(Signed)    J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
4th May, 1859.
The Speaker has the honour to acknowledge the receipt of a
communication from His Excellency the Governor, accompanying a
report and an elaborate survey of the Harbor of Victoria, prepared
by George Henry Richards, Esquire, Captain of Her Majesty's
surveying ship "Plumper."
The report and survey having been laid before the House of
Assembly will receive at an early day that attentive consideration
which the importance of the subject demands.
(Signed)    J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
May 4th, 1859.
The Speaker has the honor to inform His Excellency the
Governor that the following resolution was carried in the House
of Assembly this day:—
28 Apr., 1859.
Expenditure
of £400
proposed.
Repairs to.
Esquimau
Road.
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Survey of
Victoria
Harbour. 8
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House of Assembly
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4 May, 1859.
Removal of
Government
offices.
James Bay
Bridge.
Removal of
Government
Buildings.
James Bay
Bridge.
No funds for
improvement
of Victoria
Harbour.
"That, as His Excellency the Governor has determined on
removing some of the Government offices from a central position
of the town to the south end of it, as well as having a bridge
constructed 800 feet in length leading thereto, the erection of which
and removal of Government offices has not been brought before
the representatives of the people for their consent, therefore this
House protests against the action adopted by His Excellency, and
declares the same to be unconstitutional and a breach of privilege."
(Mr. Yates.)
The House will meet again on Tuesday, May 10th, at 11 o'clock
a.m.
(Signed)    J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
May 10th, 1859.
The Speaker has the honor to acknowledge the receipt of a
communication from His Excellency the Governor, dated the 7th
instant, in reply to a resolution of the House forwarded to His
Excellency on the 4th May, in reference to the removal of Government Buildings and the erection of a bridge across James' Bay.
The House will go into a Committee of the Whole to take the
same into consideration on Tuesday next, the 17th instant, at
11 o'clock a.m.
(Signed)    J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
May 16th, 1859.
The Speaker has the honor to inform His Excellency the
Governor that the House this day went into Committee of Ways
and Means, and reported the following answer to His Excellency's
requisition for £400 for the purpose of buoying Victoria Harbour,
dated 28th April, 1859 :-—
" In reply to Your Excellency's requisition for £400 for the
purpose of buoying Victoria Harbour, the House begs respectfully
to inform Your Excellency that they have no funds, but strongly
recommend the execution of the same."
The House adopted the report of the Committee.
(Signed)    J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
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\&mMmtmmwmmmm&\imimmmmn Correspondence Book
House of Assembly,
May 16th, 1859.
The Speaker has the honor of returning to His Excellency the
Governor the copy of a report and a survey of the Harbour of
Victoria, prepared by George Henry Richards, Esquire, Captain of
Her Majesty's surveying ship " Plumper," and begs to offer to
His Excellency, on the part of the House of Assembly, their thanks
for the use of the same.
The Speaker has also the honor of transmitting to His Excellency the report of the Select Committee on the subject, together
with their recommendations, which were adopted by the House.
(Signed)    J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
May 17th, 1859.
The Speaker has the honor to Inform His Excellency the
Governor that the following resolution and Address were passed
in the House of Assembly this day:—
" The House of Assembly begs to acknowledge the receipt of
Your Excellency's and candid reply, &c."    (Mr. Pemberton.)
"But the House cannot allow the following remarks of your
Excellency to remain unnoticed &c."    (Mr. Helmcken.)
(Note.—For Address and resolution see Minute Book of House
of Assembly of date May 17th, 1859.—Jos. Porter, Cl&k of
House.)
(Signed)    J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
May 16th, 1859.
The Speaker has the honor of transmitting to His Excellency
the Governor and Council the following Bill, which passed the
House of Assembly on the 10th of Instant:—
" A Bill for the Removal of the Remains of Deceased Persons
from a Deserted Graveyard in Victoria to the New Burial Ground
there."
(Signed)    J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
Transmitting
resolutions.
Remains of
deceased
persons. 60
House of Assembly
26 May, 1S59.
Religious
Institutions.
Marriages.
Buoying of
Victoria
Harbour, £250.
New writ for
Nanaimo.
House of Assembly,
May 26th, 1859.
The Speaker has the honor of returning to His Excellency
the Governor and Council the accompanying Bills, which passed
the House of Assembly this day, with the following Amendments:—
"A Bill respecting the Property of Religious Institutions in-
Vancouver's Island and its Dependencies."
"A Bill respecting Marriages in Vancouver's Island and its
Dependencies."
(Note.—For amendments see Minute Book of the House of
Assembly of date May 16th, 1859.)
(Signed)
J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
June 4th, 1859.
The Speaker has the honor to acknowledge the receipt of a
communication from His Excellency the Governor, dated May 30th,
1859, conveying to the House the information that His Excellency
" has authorized the expenditure of two hundred and fifty pounds
for the purpose of buoying the Harbour of Victoria, and rendering
it at once safe and accessible for shipping; and trusting that the
House of Assembly will make provision for the liquidation of that
sum in their future grants of money for the Public Service," and
to state that the same has been laid before the House.
(Signed)    J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
June 6th, 1859.
The Speaker has the honor to inform His Excellency the
Governor that the following order was made this day:—
"That a new writ be forthwith issued for the election of a
Member to serve in the House of Assembly for the District of
Nanaimo."
(Sgd.)    J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
limiUIUttUUI Correspondence Book.
61
House of Assembly,
June 30th, 1859.
The Speaker has the honor to acknowledge the receipt of a
communication from His Excellency the Governor, dated June 29th,
1859, conveying to the House of Assembly the information that at
an election held at Nanaimo on the 23rd of instant, John Swanston,
Esquire, was duly elected representative for that place; and the
same was laid before the House at its sitting this evening.
The return from Alfred R. Benson, Esquire, mentioned as being
enclosed, did not accompany the communication.
(Signed)    J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
July 4th, 1859.
The Speaker has the honor to acknowledge the receipt of a
communication from His Excellency the Governor, dated 1st July,
enclosing a return from Alfred R. Benson, Esquire, certifying
that John Swanson, Esquire, was duly elected representative for
Nanaimo on the 23rd of June; and the same is now returned to
His Excellency for the purpose of being placed on record
(Signed)    J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
House of Assembly,
July 4th,
1859.
The Speaker has the honor to inform His Excellency the
Governor that the following return was moved for in the House
of Assembly this day:—
"That His Excellency the Governor be respectfully asked to
inform this House if any Despatches have been received from
the Home Government relative to the future Government of this
Colony."
The House will meet again on Thursday next, the 7th instant,
at 6 o'clock p.m.
(Signed)    J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
SO June,  1859.
Return of John
Swanston for
Nanaimo.
Return of John
Swanston for
Nanaimo.
Future
Government
of Colony. House of Assembly Correspondence Book.
House of Assembly,
July 4th, 1859.
The Speaker has the honor of transmitting to His Excellency
the Governor and Council the following Bills, which passed the
House of Assembly this day:—
1. " A Bill to enforce the Completion of certain Streets already
or about to be Macadamized."
2. "A Bill to increase the Number of the Representatives of
the People of this Colony in the House of Assembly, and to create
New Electoral Districts, and for other Purposes."
3. "A Bill to extend the Law relating to Inns, Public and
Beer Houses."
(Signed)    J. S. Helmcken,
Speaker.
His Excellency the Governor and Council.
House of Assembly,
July 6th, 1859.
Sib,—I am desired by Mr. Speaker to inform you that your
attendance at the meeting of the House of Assembly to-morrow
evening at 6 o'clock is of the greatest importance.
I have the honor to be,
Sir,
Your most obedient Servant,
JOS.  POETEB,
Clerk of the House.
To Jos. D. Pemberton, Esquire.
James Yates, Esquire.
J. W. McKay, Esquire.
T. J. Skinner, Esquire.
VICTORIA, B.C.:
Printed by William H. Cums, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty.
1918.
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