Item 13-004 - Proclamation. By His Excellency James Douglas, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Her Majesty’s Colony of British Columbia and its Dependencies. Proclamation, having the Force of Law to declare that English Law is in force in British Columbia. Whereas, by an Act of Parliament passed in the Session held in the 21st and 22nd years of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, it was enacted that the territories therein…

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Proclamation. By His Excellency James Douglas, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Her Majesty’s Colony of British Columbia and its Dependencies. Proclamation, having the Force of Law to declare that English Law is in force in British Columbia. Whereas, by an Act of Parliament passed in the Session held in the 21st and 22nd years of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, it was enacted that the territories therein…

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RBSC-ARC-1300-13-004

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  • Nov. 19, 1858 (Creation)

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Folio, 28.4 cm, pp. 4.

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BRITISH COLUMBIA. V. [coat of arms A] R. PROCLAMATION BY HIS EXCELLENCY, JAMES DOUGLAS, GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF HER MAJESTY’S COLONY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ITS DEPENDENCIES. WHEREAS [an Act of Parliament was passed to provide for the government of British Columbia]; AND WHEREAS [James Douglas has been appointed Governor of British Columbia]; AND THE SAID GOVERNOR IS REQUIRED BY THE SAID COMMISSION, AMONGST OTHER THINGS, FORMALLY TO PROCLAIM THE SAID ACT WITHIN THE SAID COLONY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA. THEREFORE I, JAMES DOUGLAS, GOVERNOR OF THE SAID COLONY, NOW PROCLAIM AND PUBLISH THE SAID ACT FOR THE INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE OF HER MAJESTY’S SUBJECTS, AND OTHERS TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, AS FOLLOWS: [reprints the 2~d August, 1858, Act] ... AND I DO FURTHER PROCLAIM AND PUBLISH THAT THE SAID RECITED ACT SHALL TAKE EFFECT WITHIN THE SAID COLONY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA FROM THE DATE HEREOF. ISSUED UNDER THE PUBLIC SEAL OF THE SAID COLONY, AT FORT LANGLEY, THIS NINETEENTH DAY OF NOVEMBER, 1858, IN THE TWENTY-SECOND YEAR OF HER MAJESTY’S REIGN, BY ME, JAMES DOUGLAS, GOVERNOR. {L.S.} . GOD SAVE THE QUEEN.

Act establishing the Colony of British Columbia.

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