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Proclamation. By His Excellency James Douglas, Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of British Columbia, Vice Admiral of the same, &c. Whereas, Her Majesty the Queen has been graciously pleased to decide that the Capital of British Columbia shall be styled… Douglas, James

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BRITISH COLUMBIA. V. [coat of arms A] R. PROCLAMATION. BY HIS EXCELLENCY, JAMES DOUGLAS, COMPANION OF THE MOST HONORABLE ORDER OF BATH, GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN CHIEF OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, VICE ADMIRAL OF THE SAME &C. WHEREAS, HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN HAS BEEN GRACIOUSLY PLEASED TO DECIDE THAT THE CAPITAL OF BRITISH COLUMBIA SHALL BE STYLED THE CITY OF NEW WESTMINSTER; NOW THEREFORE, I, JAMES DOUGLAS, DO HEREBY DECLARE AND PROCLAIM THAT THE TOWN HERETOFOR CALL AND KNOWN AS QUEENSBOROUGH, AND SOMETIMES AS QUEENBOROUGH, IN THE COLONY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, SHALL HENCEFORTH BE CALLED AND KNOWN AS NEW WESTMINSTER AND SHALL BE SO DESCRIBED IN ALL LEGAL PROCESSES AND LEGAL DOCUMENTS. ISSUED UNDER THE PUBLIC SEAL OF THE SAID COLONY, AT VICTORIA, VANCOUVER'S ISLAND, THIS TWENTIETH DAY OF JULY, ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND FIFTY NINE, IN THE TWENTY-THIRD YEAR OF HER MAJESTY'S REIGN. JAMES DOUGLAS. BY COMMAND OF HIS EXCELLENCY, WILLIAM A.G. YOUNG, ACTING COLONIAL SECRETARY. GOD SAVE THE QUEEN.

Establishes the name of New Westminster.

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