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 49 Vic. Correspondence—Island Railway Lands. 407
RETURN
To an Address of the Legislative Assembly for copies of all correspondence between
the Provincial and Dominion Governments relating to Crown grants to settlers
on the Island Railway lands.
By Command.
WM. SMITHE,
Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
Lands and Works Department,
17th February, 1886.
The Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works to the Honourable Mr. Trutch.
Victoria, B. C, November 20th, 1884.
Sir,—I have the honour to request that the Dominion Government will issue Crown
grants in favour of the under-mentioned pre-emptors of lands situated within the railway belt
on Vancouver Island.
Each of these persons has deposited in this office his original pre-emption record, certificate of improvement, and certificate of purchase receipt for the full payment of the land.
John Ead—Section eleven (11) and the east sixty acres of section ten (10), in range eight
(8), Cranberry District, 160 acres.
Thomas Cassidy—Section two (2) and the east sixty acres of section three (3), range eight
(8), Cranberry District, 160 acres.
Charles Stewart—Section four (4) in range one (1), Cedar District, and the east sixty
acres of section four (4), range eight (8), Cranberry District, 160 acres.
Albert Fuller—Section twelve (12), fractional in range three (3), 83 acres; section thirteen (13), fractional in range three (3), 37 acres ; and the east part of section thirteen (13) in
range two (2), Cranberry District, 40 acres—160 acres.
John Mahoney—West half of section fourteen (14) in range six (6), 50 acres; and the
west half of section fifteen (15) in range 6, Cowichan District, 50 acres—100 acres.
John Nelson—Section one (1), range five (5), 100-acres ; and the east half of section two
(2), range five (5), Cowichan District, 50 acres—150 acres.
I further beg to request that these patents may be forwarded to me for transmission to
the parties in whose favour they are issued.
I have, &c,
(Signed)        Wm. Smithe,
Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
The Honourable Mr. Trutch to the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
Victoria, B. C, November 27th, 1884.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of 20th inst. requesting
that the Dominion Government will issue Crown grants or patents in favour of the pre-emptors
of certain lands situated within the Railway Belt on Vancouver Island, and which are specifically
described in your letter.
I beg to state in reply that your application will be duly communicated to the Honourable
the Minister of Railways and Canals.
I have, &e,
(Signed)    Joseph W. Trutch,
Agent of Canada for British Columbia. 408 Correspondence—Island Railway Lands. 1886
Circular.
Lands and Works Department,
Victoria, B. C, January 7th, 1885.
Sir,—I have the honour to request that the Dominion Government will issue, and forward to me for transmission, Crown grants, or patents, in favour of those pre-emptors of lands
situated within the railway belt on Vancouver Island whose claims are described in the schedule enclosed herewith.
Each of these persons has deposited in this office his original pre-emption record, certificate of improvement, and certificate of purchase receipt in full payment for the land, the right
to which was acquired under the provisions of " An Act relating to the Island Railway, the
Graving Dock, and Railway Lands of the Province." 1 have, (fee,
(Signed)        Wm. Smithe,
Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
The Honourable Joseph W. Trutch, C.M.G.,
Agent of Canada for British Columbia, Victoria, B. C.
Schedule within Referred to.
John McDonald—Cedar District—
East half of section 5, range 4, 60 acres;
West half „      4,     „     5, 50    „
West half „      5,     „     5, 50    „     —160 acres.
George Bartlett—Cowichan District—
South part of section 5, range 3,    60 acres;
The whole of       „      4,     „     3, 100    „      —160 acres.
John James Jonckau—Alberni District—
Section 9, 160 acres.
The Honourable Mr. Trutch to the  Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
Victoria, B. C, 8th January, 1885.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt this day of your letter of yesterday's
date, covering a schedule of lands pre-empted within the Railway Belt on Vancouver Island,
the pre-emptors of which lands have deposited in your office Pre-emption Records, Certificates
of Improvement, and Certificates of Purchase Receipts in full payment for these lands, and
requesting that the Dominion Government will issue and forward to you for transmission to
these pre-emptors, respectively, Crown grants or patents of such lands in their favour.
I beg to state that I have by to-day's mail forwarded a copy of your letter and enclosed
schedule to the Honourable the Minister of Railways and Canals for such action thereon as he
may consider advisable. I have, &e,
(Signed)        Joseph W. Trutch,
Agent of Canada for British Columbia.
Similar Circular dated 6th February, 1885, enclosing schedule as follows :—
Alexander Garvin—Nelson District—
Section 6, 160 acres.
John Mollet and John C. Mollet—Alberni District—
Lot 7, 176 acres;
Lot 8, 160    „      —336 acres.
Edmund Comar—Cowichan District—
North half of section 17, range 3, 50 acres.
[Receipt  of  the above was acknowledged by the Hon. Mr. Trutch on the 9th Februarv,
1885.] 49 Vic. Correspondence—Island Railway Lands. 409
Similar Circular dated 11th February, 1885, enclosing schedule as follows :—
James Dougan—Shawnigan District—
East part of section 17, range 5,    50 acres ;
The whole of     „      18,     „     5, 100    „      —150 acres.
David Holmes—Quamichan District—
West part of section 19, range 6,    10 acres ;
West half of      „       20,     „     5,   50    „
The whole of      „       19,     „     5, 100    „      —160 acres.
[Receipt of the above was acknowledged by the Hon  Mr. Trutch on the  16th  February,
1885.]
Similar Circular dated March 4th, 1885, enclosing schedule as follows:—
Alexander Kennedy—Cedar District—
Section 8, range 4, 100 acres ;
East part section 7, range 4, 60 acres—160 acres.
John Grandam—Cranberry District—
Section 14, range 6, 100 acres;
Section 15, range 6, 34 acres ;
East part of section 15, range 5, 26 acres—160 acres.
Henry Guillod—Comox District—
Section 69, 55 acres.
[Receipt of the above was acknowledged by the  Hon.  Mr.  Trutch on the  6th  March,
1885.] 	
Similar Circular dated March 23rd, 1885, enclosing schedule as follows :—
Harry Oswald Wellburn—Comiaken District—
The east fractional part of section 4, range 1, 19 acres.
Charles Brown—Comox District- -
Section 68, 139 acres.
[Receipt  of the  above was acknowledged by the Hon. Mr. Trutch on the 26th March,
1885.] 	
Similar Circular dated April 28th, 1885, enclosing schedule as follows :—
Henry Severne—Chemainus   District—
Section 19, range 4, 100 acres;
Fractional part of section 19, range 5, 43 acres ;
,, ,, 20,     „     5, 6.30 acres—149.30 acres.
George G. McDonald—Comox District—
Section 70, 160 acres.
[Receipt of the above was acknowledged by the Hon. Mr. Trutch on the 1st May, 1885.]
Similar Circular dated July 23rd, 1885, enclosing schedule as follows :—
Peter McLennan—Shawnigan District—
West part of section 14, range 5, 80 acres;
,, „        15,     „     5, 80    ,,      —160 acres.
Charles Henry Valpery—Chemainus District—
Section 11, range 6, 100 acres;
East part of section 11, range 5, 60 acres—160 acres.
[Receipt of the above was acknowledged by the Hon. Mr. Trutch on the 25th July, 1885.] 410 Correspondence—Island Railway Lands. 1886
Similar Circular dated September 15th, 1885, enclosing schedule as follows :—
Archibald Hamilton—Newcastle District—
Lot 3, 160 acres.
Style Brown Hamilton—Newcastle  District—
Lot 4, 160 acres.
James Beck—Cranberry District—
Section 10, range 6, 83 acres ;
West half of section 11, range 6, 50 acres ;
West part of     „        9,     ,,     6, 27    ,, -    —160 acres.
Samuel Jones- Cedar District-
Section 3, range 1, 100 acres;
West part of section 3, range 2, 60 acres—160 acres.
[Receipt of the above was acknowledged by the Hon. Mr. Trutch on the 30th September!
1885.]
The Honourable Mr. Trutch to the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
Victoria, B. C, 21st October, 1885.
Sir,—With reference to the applications from actual settlers within the Island Railway
belt—in respect of lands pre-empted by them under the provisions of the Act of British
Columbia relating to the " Island Railway, the Graving Dock, and Railway Lands of the
Province"—which I have received under cover of your several letters requesting that patents
for the same may be issued by the Dominion Government, and which have been transmitted
by me for the consideration of the Honourable the Minister of the Interior, I have now the
honour to acquaint you that, by letter of recent date, the Minister of the Interior states that
before the patents applied for can be issued by him, it is necessary that the originals of all
documents forming the basis of title to the land for which patent is to be issued, must be on
record in his office, including the original applications for such patents which were made to the
Government of British Columbia as agents, in this matter, of the Government of Canada; and
he directs me to request you to transmit to him, through me, the original applications
referred to.    I beg accordingly to prefer such request.
The Minister of the Interior further states that the official plans and field notes of the
surveys, upon which such patents are to be based, should also be of record in his department
before the patents can properly be prepared; but that, as the survey of the lands on Vancouver
Island for which patents have, been applied for were made by the Government of British
Columbia, it is, of course, proper that the originals of the plans and field notes of these surveys
should remain of record in your office, and that it will be sufficient fulfilment of the requirements of his office in this particular that certified copies of these plans and field notes be
deposited herein.
I am, consequently, directed to request that you will permit the requisite copies of the
plans and field notes in question to be made from the originals in your office, by draughtsmen
in the employ of the Dominion Government, and that you will be good enough to authorize
the Surveyor-General of the Province to verify and certify such copies of the originals.
The Minister, moreover, points out that in respect of certain of the lands for which
patents have been applied for and have been recommended by you to be issued —in fact, in
every instance except one—the recommendation is that the whole of a particular section of
land, consisting (according to the Provincial system of survey and allotment of lands in the
districts in which these lands are situated) of 100 acres, and the east or west part, as the case
may be, of an adjoining section containing 60 acres, should be patented to the applicant; and
that whilst there would appear to be no difficulty in regard to the whole sections applied for,
the east or west part of a section—being 60 acres thereof—is an indefinite part of a section,
and until definitely described cannot be patented, and that a re-survey of these fractional parts
of sections must be made, in order that such definite description may be supplied and patent
issued accordingly; which surveys I am instructed to have made at once.
I have, &e,
(Signed)       Joseph W. Trutch,
Dominion Government Agent. 49 Vic Correspondence—Island Railway Lands. 411
The Chief Commissioner of Lands and  Works to tfte Honourable Mr. Trutch.
Victoria, B. C, Nov. 16th, 1885.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 21st ultimo, in which
you advise me that the Honourable the Minister of the Interior states that the patents for Island
Lands, which have been applied for, cannot be issued until the originals of all documents forming
the basis of title, including the original applications for patents, shall have been placed on
record in his office, and in which you request that the original applications referred to may be
transmitted to him through you.
You inform me additionally that the Minister of the Interior further states that the
official field notes of the surveys upon which such patents are to be based should also be of
record in his department, but that it will be of sufficient fulfilment of the requirements of his
office in this particular that certified copies of these plans and field notes be deposited therein.
You moreover advise me that the Minister states that the patents recommended by me
to be issued, in every instance except one, cannot be made out because fractional parts of
sections are called for, being in addition to a whole section, the east or west 60 acres of an
adjoining section, and that a re-survey of these fractional parts of sections must be made, and
that you are instructed to have them made at once.
In reply I beg to say that I regret exceedingly that so many unnecessary obstacles have
been placed in the way of the issue of patents for Island Railway lands by the Department of
the Interior at Ottawa. It is nearly a year since the first applications for patents were
forwarded from this office, with an accompanying certificate that all the law requires had been
clone to entitle the applicant to an immediate patent, and up to date not one single patent has
been issued, but I am advised at this late clay that the description of the lands for which patents
have been applied is not sufficiently definite to enable them to be issued. It is, to say the
least, strange that if the description given was found to be defective, this department was not
notified of the fact, and asked to supply the additional data claimed to be necessary, which
it could easily have done. The description of the plats given has been such as has been
sufficient upon which to enable patents for Provincial Crown Lands to be issued by this
department ever since it was first established, and with all due deference I would call the
Minister's attention to the survey laws of the Province under which these surveys have been
made, a perusal of which, 1 think, will clearly show him that the eastern or western sixty
acres of a 100-acre section, measuring 50 chains east and west by 20 chains north and south,
could only be one thing, a block on the eastern or western end, as the case might be, measuring
30 chains due east and west by 20 chains due north and south. I have no objection, of course,
to the Minister of the Interior having surveys made, at the expense of the Dominion Government,
of Island Railway lands, provided he does not interfere and conflict with the administration
of these lands by the Provincial Government during railway construction, as is required by the
Settlement Act. I would, however, call attention to the fact that the surveys of these lands
have all hitherto been made under the authority of this department; that some of them were
made during the first years of the colony's history, and although they have always been recognized
as official surveys, the lines have been proved in some instances to be somewhat out in their bearing.
These surveyed districts have been more or less settled over twenty years, and each settler has got
his patent, based on the survey as it actually exists on the ground. The applications for patents
which have been sent to the Department of the Interior are for lands in most cases in the heart
of old settlements, contiguous to and surrounded by old settlers' claims, the fee of which has in
each case been granted by the Crown, and has passed in some instances to third parties, and
been registered in the Provincial Land Registry Office. It will be readily seen that a
surveyor in no way connected with, or responsible to, this department, who might be sent at
the instance of the Minister of the Interior to survey the fractions of sections referred to, might
run arbitrary lines not conforming to the Provincial official survey, and upon his survey patents
might issue from the Dominion Government which would conflict with patents heretofore
issued by the Provincial Government for contiguous land, or rather for land which should be
contiguous, but which would be over-lapped by the survey made by the Dominion Government
surveyor.
In such cases confusion and disputes between neighbours, and litigation, would ensue, and
all because the Dominion Minister, under a misapprehension, I presume, proceeds without any
authority whatever to take into his hands the administration of lands to which the Settlement
Act says shall, until the completion of the railway, be left in the hands of the Provincial 412 Correspondence—Island Railway Lands. 1886
Government, who are familiar with all the circumstances bearing upon the situation, and therefore in a position to smooth out difficulties and facilitate settlement, which is certainly better
than to create difficulties and complications such as are likely to ensue upon the course proposed
by the Minister.
With reference to the Honourable the Minister's request to be permitted to have copies
made by draughtsmen in the enploy of the Dominion Government of the official plans and field
notes of the survey of lands embraced within the Island Railway Grant, I shall be willing at
any time to allow copies to be so made, as the Minister desires it, and I shall be glad to authorize
the Surveyor-General to verify and certify such copies when made. I would remark, however,
that if certified copies of plans and field notes, which are important data, are sufficient for the
requirements of the Minister's Department, surely certified copies of applications for patents
might be considered sufficient also, particularly as these papers are now part of the records of
this office, duly registered and placed on file. If the Dominion Government had intimated
at the outset that the originals of these papers would be required to be sent to Ottawa, we
might have done so, and had certified copies registered and filed away in this office. It is
obvious, however, that to withdraw original papers now which have been registered as originals,
and to substitute copies therefor would be to falsify the record, and the "Honourable the
Minister will at once recognize that it is of the most vital importance in an office like this
that the records should be kept inviolate.
I shall be glad to let any one sent by you from your office make copies of any maps, plans,
field notes, papers or entries on the. official records connected with the Island Railway lands ;
and it occurs to me that if my certificate as Chief Commissioner of the correctness of an
applicant's claims for patent be not sufficient, that you may obtain for the Minister any further
evidence necessary in this way without incurring the unnecessary expense of sending a surveyor
to re-survey fractional parts of sections for which patents have been applied for in various districts
within the Island Railway Belt.
1 submit that the parties operating in the same field, at the same time, independently of
each other, without the least concerted action, and both claiming to act with authority, are
bound to come into collision.
The Minister of the Interior would appear to think that as principals in the matter, the
Dominion Government are at liberty to dispense with the service of their agents, and assume
direct and sole control and management of the Island Railway and Island Railway lands. It
will be well, however, possibly to remember that the Provincial Government are not agents in
the ordinary sense. They are acting as such in pursuance of an agreement negotiated and
entered into after the most careful and serious consideration, on a basis calculated to bring
about an extensive settlement of Island Railway lands. That agreement was ratified by
concurrent Acts of Parliament of Canada, and of the Legislature of this Province, and cannot
be lightly set aside, evaded or over-ridden.
There is another view also in which it might be well for the Minister to look at this question.
The Provincial Government are the real principals in the matter of this railway and these
lands. The lands are Provincial lands placed in the hands of the Dominion Government in
trust to be applied to one purpose only, which is to secure for the Province the construction
of the Island Railway. Even the money subsidy to be paid by the Dominion to the railway
contractors was a debt due by the Dominion to the Province ; so that in every way the
Provincial Government are the real principals in this case, and are entitled upon the equities
of the matter to be consulted and considered. If, however, the equitable view be not sufficient
for the Honourable the Minister, then the legal statutory provision embodied in clause/of
the settlement agreement, which confers upon the Provincial Government authority to administer
Island Railway lands, surely will be; particularly when it is remembered that that arrangement
was made at the time because it was admittedly in the interest of the settlement of these lands that
it should be. The Provincial Government feel that they are not in a position to abandon the
trust which has been placed in their hands. They cannot give up the administration of these
lands, and they hope that the Dominion Government will not thwart their efforts to carry out
the spirit of that portion of the Settlement Act which provides for the colonization of the
agricultural lands within the Island Railway Belt during Railway construction.
I have, &e,
(Signed)        Wm. Smithe,
Chief Commissioner of Lands and  Works. 49 Vic Correspondence—Island Railway Lands. 413
The Minister of the Interior to the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
■ Ottawa, December 12th, 1885.
Dear Sir,—I wrote you a private note from Montreal the other day in reference to land
matters upon the Island and in answer to yours of the 24th November.
The practical difficulty which has arisen in the issue of patents to pre-emptors upon the
Railway lands has been clue, as appears in the papers, to two causes: First, to the contention by
this Department that the originals of the applications and plai s of surveys should be furnished
to us before the patents issue; and next, to the fact that the descriptions given in your several
lists sent here have hardly been sufficient for a Crown patent.
In relation to both these points I may say that I am most anxious to have an early settlement of all these matters with a view to patents issuing to pre-emptors upon these lands, and
that I am not at all disposed to insist upon any proceeding which could, even remotely, retard
that settlement.
I quite recognize that the Dominion Government have no interest in these lands except
in so far as they form a part of the consideration for the construction of the Island Railway,
and I am quite prepared to admit the principle which you lay down as having been agreed
upon, that the Provincial Government should administer the lands for the purpose of settlement, and make pre-emption records to actual settlers, and that this provision connects the
land law of the Province directly with the administration of these Railway lands; and I notice
what you say: that as a matter of fact you have been administering them exactly in accordance
with the requirements of the Provincial Land   Act.
My chief difficulty is as to the descriptions which you furnish. If, however, the Government of British Columbia is prepared to take the full responsibility of the issue of the patents
with such description as you have given, and will assume that responsibility by formal Order
in Council communicated to us, I will order the patents to. be issued at once.
In sending the Order in Council, it would be well to attach to it a list of the persons to
whom you desire to have patents issued, and in each case the occupation and the residence
of the person should be sufficiently described to enable him to be identified. Of course you
will understand that we are most anxious to have the fullest possible description of the land to
be patented, so that there may be no difficulty in the future in identifying the precise parcel
granted.
Trusting that this arrangement may be satisfactory to you,
I am, etc.,
(Signed)        Thos. White,
Minister of the Interior.
The Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works to the Minister of the Interior.
Victoria, B. C, January 15th, 1886.
Dear Sir,—Referring to your letter of the 12th ultimo, I beg to say that a formal Order
in Council has been passed by the Provincial Government, assuming full responsibility for the
issue of patents for Island Railway lands to applicants whose applications have been certified
by, and forwarded from, this department. Agreeably to your request, I have had all applications re-checked, and more minute descriptions of the several parcels of land applied for made
out; and for your better guidance I have caused sketches to be prepared and forwarded to you
in the usual way, through the office of the Dominion Government Agent here, such as we
attach to all Crown grants issued from this department, shewing clearly what is conveyed to
each patentee.
I am glad that you have so promptly arranged this matter, which was threatening to cause
very grave complications in the settlements included within the Island Railway belt.
Yours truly,
(Signed)        Wm. Smithe,
Chief Commissioner ofi Lands and Works. 414
Correspondence—Island Railway Lands.
1886
The Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works to the Honourable Mr. Trutch.
Victoria, B. O, January 18th, 1886.
Sir,—I beg to hand you herewith a copy of a Report of a Committee of the Honourable
Executive Council, approved by His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor on the 30th December,
1885, and to enclose a schedule giving the names of those settlers upon lands within the
railway belt on Vancouver Island in whose favour patents have been applied for, and the
official description of their respective claims, accompanied by tracings of the plans of the
surveys of the same.
I have the honour to request that you will kindly forward these documents to the
Honourable Minister of the Interior, with a view to the speedy issue of patents to the persons
named. I have, (fee,
(Signed)        Wm. Smithe,
Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
[Enclosures.]
Copy of a Report of a Committee of the  Hon,ourable   the   Executive   Council,
His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor the SOth December, 1885.
approved  by
On a Memorandum from the Honourable the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works,
dated 28th day of December, 1885, reporting:—
That from time to time since the month of November, 1884, applications have been made
by him to the Agent of the Dominion Government in British Columbia for the issue of patents
in favour of settlers upon lands within the railway belt upon Vancouver Island That each
application was accompanied by a schedule setting forth the name of the pre-emptor and the
official description of the land for which a patent was desired.
That as yet the Dominion Government have not issued any patents for these lands, the
reason assigned for not doing so, being that the description of the different plots was not sufficiently explicit. The Honourable Minister of the Interior however, states, in a communication upon the subject dated 12th December, 1885, that, if the Government of British Columbia will by formal Order in Council assume the full responsibility of the issue of the patents
with such descriptions as are given, that he will order the patents to be issued at once.
That the descriptions of the lands referred to are such as have always been found sufficient
for issuing Crown grants heretofore in this Province.
And recommending that in order to supplement the descriptions and to more particularly
identify the various claims for which patents are desired, tracings of the maps or plans of the
surveys of the respective pre-emptions be forwarded to the Dominion Government to be
annexed to the patents, and further recommending that this Government agree to assume all
responsibility for the accuracy of the description in patents so issued.
The Committee advise the approval of the recommendations.
Certified,
(Signed)       Jno. Robson,
Clerk Executive Council.
Schedule.
Name.
David Holmes.
Geo. Battey.
Description.
Quamichan District.
Section 19, range 5	
West half of section 20, range 5	
West 5 chains of section 19, range 6....
Section 1, range 7	
East 30 chains of section 2, range 7	
Acreage.    Total
100
50
10
100
60
160
160 49 Vic.
Correspondence—Island Railway Lands.
415
Name.
Geo. Bartlett.
Edward Comal
John Nelson . .
John Mahony
Geo. Bartlett.
H. 0. Wellburn
J. W. Graff.
Peter McLennan . .
James Dougan ....
C. H. Valpey
Hy. Severne .,
John Mollet, Jr.
J. C. Mollet....
J. J. Jonckau
S. B. Hamilton
A. Hamilton ...
A. Garvin.
Section 4, range 3	
South 12 chains of suction 5, range 3 ,
Description.
Cowichan District.
North half of section 17, range 3
Section 1, range 5	
East half of section 2, range 5
West half of section 14, range 6
West half of section IS, range 6.
Section 5, range 4	
Comiaken District.
East portion of fractional part of section 4, range 1.
Shawnigan District.
East 12Jj chains of Section 11, range 5
East 12i      ,, „        12,     ,,     5
North 8       ,, „        11,     „     6
West 30      „ „        12,     ,,     6
West 40 chains of section 14, range 5.
,,    40      ,, ,,        15,    ,,      5.
Section 18, range 5	
East half of section 17, range 5
Chemainus District.
Section 11, range 6	
East 30 chains of section 11, range 5 .
Section 19, range 4	
Fractional part of section 19, range 5	
„      20,     „     5	
Alberni District.
176
160
Newcastle District.
Nelson District.
Cranberry District
John Ead  Section 11, range 8	
East 30 chains of section 10, range 8.
Thos. Cassidy  Section 2, range 8	
East 30 chains of section 3, range 8..
J ames Beck  Section 10, range 6	
Portion of west half of section 9, range 6 .
West half of section 11, range 6	
Acreage.    Total,
100
60
100
50
50
50
25
25
40
60
80
80
100
50
100
60
100
43
6.30
100
60
100
60
100
27
50
160
50
150
100
100
19
150
160
150
160
149.;
336
158
160
160
160
160
160
177 416
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1886
Name.
Description.
Cranberry District.
John Grandam .
Charles Stewart
Charles Stewart
Samuel Jones ..
Albert Fuller ..
G. G. McDonald
Hy. Guillod....
Section 14, range 6	
15,     „     6	
East 37 chains of section 15, range 5 .
East 30 chains of section 4, range 8 ...
Cedar District.
Section 4, range 1 	
Section 3, range 1	
West 30 chains of section 3, range 2.
Fractional part of section 12, range 3
West portion of section 13, range 3. .,
East 20 chains of section 13, range 2.
Comox District.
Section 70
Section 69
Acreage.
100
34
26
100
60
83
37
40
Total.
160
60
100
160
160
160
55
The Honourable Mr. Trutch to the Chief Commissioner of Lands and  Works.
Victoria, B. O, 22nd January, 1886.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt, yesterday, of your letter of 18th
instant, covering a copy of a report of a Committee of the Executive Council, approved by His
Honour the Lieutenant-Governor on the 30th ult., with accompanying schedule of names of
settlers upon lands within the Railway Belt on Vancouver Island, in whose favour patents
have been applied for and the official description of their respective claims, accompanied by
tracings of the plans of the surveys of the same, all of which documents you request me to
transmit to the Honourable the Minister of the Interior.
I beg to state that your request will be complied with forthwith.
Yours faithfully,
(Signed)    Joseph W. Trutch,
Dominion Agent in British Columbia.
The Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works to the Honourable Mr. Trutch.
Lands and Works Department,
Victoria, B. C, Jan. 22nd, 1886.
SIRj—I have the honour to request that the Dominion Government will issue and forward
to me for transmission, Crown grants, or patents, in favour of those pre-emptors of lands
situated within the railway belt on Vancouver Island whose claims are described in the schedule
enclosed herewith.
Each of these persons has deposited in this office his original Pre-emption Record, Certificate of Improvement, and Certificate of Purchase Receipt in full payment for the land,
the right to which was acquired under the provisions of " An Act relating to the Island
Railway, the Graving Dock, and Railway Lands of the Province."
I have, &e,
(Signed)        Wm. Smithe,
Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works, 49 Vic Correspondence—Island Railway Lands. 417
Schedule within Referred to.
J. W. Graff—Shawnigan District—
East 12J chains of section 11, range 5, 25 acres;
East 12|     " "        12,    "      5, 25    "
North 8       " "        11,    "      6, 40    "
West 30       " "        12,    "      6,60    "     —150 acres.
George Bartlett—Cowichan District—
Section 4, range 3, 100 acres,
South 12 chains, section 5, range 3, 60 acres—160 acres.
George Battey—Quamichan District—
Section I, range 7, 100 acres;
East 30 chains, section 2, range 7, 60 acres—160 acres.
[Receipt of the above was acknowledged by the Hon. Mr. Trutch on the 26th Jannary,
1886/1

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