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 39 Vie. Re Transfer of Government Buildings, etc. 693
RETURN
To an Address of the Legislative Assembly, for all Correspondence and Orders
in Council respecting the transfer of certain Public Eeserves and Public
Buildings by the Dominion Government to the Province of British Columbia.
By Command,
A. C. ELLIOTT,
Provincial Secretary.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
26th April, 1876.
Ihe Lieutenant-Governor to the Secretary of State for Canada.
(No. 13.) 31st January, 1872.
Sie,—I have the honour to forward herewith, for the consideration of His Excellency
the Governor-General, Plans of certain of the various tracts of lands reserved or appropriated, previous to the Union of British Columbia with the Dominion of Canada, for
public purposes, and of the Public Buildings respectively situated on some of these
tracts, together with a Schedule description thereof, and a certified extract from the
Minutes of the Executive Council of this Province referring to the said Plans and
Schedule, and specifying certain, of the said tracts of land, and of the buildings situated
thereon, which this Government prays may be appropriated hy the Government ot
Canada for the use of the Legislature and the Government of British Columbia.
I have, etc.,
(Signed) Joseph W. Trutch,
[No record of the above Order in Council appears to have heen kept; it cannot
therefore he published.]
The Secretary of State for Canada to the Lieutenant-Governor.
(No. 1104.) Ottawa, 29th February, 1872.
Sie,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch, No. 13 of
the 31st ultimo, covering a certified extract from the Minutes of your Executive Council
referring to Plans of certain tracts of lands and buildings situated thereon, which the
Government of British.Columbia pray may he appropriated by the Government of the
Dominion for the use of the Legislature and Government of that Province.
The Plans and Schedule referred to in your Despatch and its enclosure, will he
brought under the notice of His Excellency the Governor-General, hy the Honourable
the Minister of Public Works.
I have, etc.,
(Signed)       Joseph Howe.
58 694
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tf oOc 698 Re Transfer of Government Buildings, etc. 1876
Ihe Lieutenant-Governor to the Secretary of State for Canada.
(No 45.) 19th May, 1873.
Sie,—With reference to my Despatch to you, No. 13 of January 31st. 1872, I have
the honour to enclose a Minute of the Executive Council of this Province, renewing the
application made in my Despatch for the transfer to this Government of the Lands and
Buildings therein specified; and I beg to commend this request to the favourable consideration of His Excellency the Governor-General.
1 have, etc.,
(Signed) Joseph W. Trutch.
Copy of a Report of a Committee of the Honourable the Executive Council, approved by
His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor on the 15th day of May, 1873.
On a Memorandum dated the llth May, 1873, from the Honourable the Chief
Commissioner of Lands and "Works, reporting that no transfer has as yet been made by
the Dominion Govei-nment to the Province, of the various Eeserves and Public Buildings
contained therein, acquired under the British North America Act; and that great inconvenience frequently arises in consequence; and that we do not even possess the
Government Buildings we daily occupy and repair; and recommending that His
Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor be respectfully requested to make application to
the Dominion Government for an early transfer as above, and including the Government
House and grounds at New Westminster, which are required for other Brovincial
purposes.
The Committee advise that the recommendation be approved.
(Signed)       Geo. A. Walkem,
President Executive Council.
The Under Secretary of State for Canada to the Lieutenant-Governor.
(No. 198.) Ottawa, 9th June, 1873.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch, No. 45 of
the 19th ultimo, enclosing, with reference to your Despatch No. 13 of the 31st January,
1872, a copy of a Minute of your Executive Council, renewing the application made in
that Despatch for the transfer to the Government of British Columbia of the Lands and
Buildings therein specified, and recommending the application to favourable consideration.
I have to inform you that your Despatch has been transferred to the Honourable
the Minister of Public Works, to whom your previous Despatch was transferred, and
through whose Department the subject to which the Despatches relate will be brought
under the Government.
I have, &c,
(Signed)       E. A. Meredith.
The Secretary of State for Canada to the Lieutenant-Governor.
(No. 69.) Ottawa, 30th July, 1873.
Sir,—I have the honour to acquaint you, for the information of your Government,
that His Excellency the Governor-General in Council has been pleased to direct that
the Government Eeserve at New Westminster, on Fraser Eiver, in British Columbia, be
set aside for Penitentiary purposes.
I have, &c,
(Signed)       J. C. Aikins. Ihe Lieutenant-Governor to the Secretary of State for Canada.
(No. 71.) 10th September, 1873.
Sir,—With reference to your Despatch No. 69 of the 30th July last, I have the
honour to enclose for submission, for the consideration of His Excellency the Governor-
General, a Minute of my Executive Council, setting forth certain facts as to the purposes
for which the Government Eeserve at New Westminster, to which your said Despatch
relates, was established, and applying for the transfer to this Government of the Western
portion of the said Eeserve as a public park and recreation ground for the City of New
Westminster; and further requesting that the Lands and Works Department of British
Columbia may be furnished with a copy of the field notes of the said Eeserve, lately
made by Mr. Stephens, under Mr. Pearse's directions.
• I have, &c,
(Signed)       Joseph W. Trutch.
Copy of a Report of a Committee of the Honourable the Executive Council, approved by
His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor on the 3rd September, 1873.
On a Memorandum dated 27th August, 1873, from the Honourable the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works, reporting, in reference to a Despatch from the Secretary
of State for Canada, dated Ottawa, 30th July, 1873, acquainting the Government with
the fact that the Governor-General in Council has been pleased to direct that the
Government Eeserve at New Westminster be set aside for Penitentiary purposes ; that
on 7th February, 1859, Colonel Moody was instructed by Sir James Douglas, to lay out
a town upon the site chosen by him, making ample reservation for Barracks, Public
Offices, &c, &c.
That the survey of New Westminster City, and suburban lots, was completed in
the Spring of 1859.
That the official map of Suburban lots, New Westminster, among other reservations,
shows a public park, containing 257.4 acres.
That the official map above referred to is signed by Colonel Moody.
That, in a letter dated 8th of April 1859, addressed to Sir James" Douglas, Colonel
Moody mentions the public park at New Westminster.
That he has been informed by Mr. Farwell, that in January last Mr. Stephens, under
instructions from Mr. B. W. Pearse, the Dominion Engineer, proceeded to New Westminster and ran a line cutting off 77.90 acres from the east side of the said park, including
Government House and all the Camp; and that the plan and field notes of that survey are
at the office of the Eesident Dominion Engineer, Mr. Pearse.
That with the exception of the Government Buildings, including Government House
and grounds, the park is unoccupied.
That the park has been and is at present used as a place of public resort, and about
ten acres thereof converted into a cricket field.
That the return of reservations made by Mr. Pearse, then Surveyor-General, to the
Dominion Government, shows this park as a reserve of 257.04 acres, without any subdivision, and recommending that the Dominion Government be respectfully requested to
transfer to the Provincial Government the Western portion of the park, amounting to
179.5 acres, which includes the unoccupied portion and cricket ground; and also to instruct Mr. Pearse to furnish the Lands and Works Department with a copy of the
survey and field notes made by Mr. Stephens.
The Committee advise that the recommendation be approved.
J(Signed)       A. DeCosmos,
President of ihe Council. 700 Re Transfer of Government Buildings, etc. 1876
The Under Secretary of State for Canada to the Lieutenant- Governor.
(No. 82a.) Ottawa, 29th September, 1873.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch No. 71 of the 10th
inst., covering a copy of a Minute of your Executive Council applying for the transfer,
to the Government of British Columbia, ofa certain portion of the reserve referred to in
my letter of the 30th July last as having been set apart for Penitentiary purposes, to be
used as a public park and recreation ground for the City of New Westminster, and
further requesting the field notes of the boundaries of the said reserve.
Your Despatch will be submitted for the consideration of His Excellency the
Governor-General in Council.
I have, &c,
(Signed)       Edouard J. Langevin.
Ihe Lieutenant-Governor to the Secretary of State for Canada.
(No. 27.) 7th May, 1874.*
Sir,—I have the honour to enclose, herewith, a copy of a Minute of the Executive
Council of this Province, representing that no transfer has yet been made by the
Dominion to this Province of the Public Eeserves and Buildings existing within the
Province at the date of Union; nor has provision been made for the disposal and settlement of the lands on the East Coast of Vancouver Island, still held under reserve for
the purpose of aiding the construction of the Eailway.
In accordance with the advice of my Ministers, I beg you to lay this communication
before His Excellency the Governor-General, and to commend the representations of
this Government to His Excellency's attention and favourable consideration.
I have, &c,
(Signed)       Joseph W. Trutch.
Copy of a Report of a Committee of the Honourable the Executive Council, approved by
His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor, on the 2bth April, 1874.
On a Memorandum dated 22nd April, 1874, from the Honourable the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works, reporting that no actual transfer has yet been made by
the Dominion to the Provincial Government of the Eeservations and Public Buildings
within the Province, nor has there been any arrangement made to provide for the
settlement and disposal of the vacant lands included within the Eailway Eeservation on
the East Coast of Vancouver Island, and recommending that the attention of the Dominion Government be called thereto.
The Committee advise that the recommendation be approved, with a request that
Your Excellency will be pleased to cause a communication on the subject, together with
a copy of this Eeport, if approved, to be forwarded to His Excellency the Governor-
General.
(Signed)       Geo. A. Walkem,
President Executive Council.
The  Under Secretary of State for Canada to the Lieutenant-Governor.
(925^ Ottawa, May 27th, 1874.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch No. 27 of the
7th inst, covering a Minute of your Executive Council representing that no transfer has
yet been made of the Public Eeserves of British Columbia at the date of the Union, and
other matters therein mentioned.
Your Despatch, and its enclosure, will be submitted for the consideration of His
Excellency the Governor-General.
I have, &c,
(Signed)  Edouard J. Langevin.
VICTORIA:
PRINTED BY RICHARD WOLFENDEN, GOVERNMENT PRINTER,
AT   THS   GOVERNMENT   PRINTING   OFFICE,   JA.MSS'   BAT.
1876.

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