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ANNO VICESIMO-PRIMO ET VICESIMO-SECUNDO

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VICTORIE REGINE

MAGNE BRITANNIÆ ET HIBERNIÆ.

Ar the Parliament begun and holden at Westminster, on
the Third day of December, Anno Domini 1857, in the
Twenty-first and Twenty-second years of the Reign of
Our Sovereign Lady VICTORIA, by the Grace of God,
Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland,
Defender of the Faith, &c.

Being the SECOND Session of the SEVENTEENTH Parliament of the
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

TORONTO:

PRINTED BY STEWART DEFBISHIRE & GEORCE DESBARATS,

LAW PRINTER TO THE QUEEN'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY.

Anno Domini, 1858.

L12393

DEC 8 1008

ANNO VICESIMO-PRIMO & VICESIMO-SECUNDO

VICTORIE

REGINE:

CAP. XCIX.

An Act to provide for the Government of British Columbia.

[2nd August, 1858.]

WHEREAS divers of Her Majesty's Subjects and others

have, by the Licence and Consent of Her Majesty, resorted to and settled on certain wild and unoccupied Territories on the North-west Coast of North America, commonly known by the Designation of New Caledonia, and from and after the passing of this Act to be named British Columbia, and the İslands adjacent, for Mining and other Purposes; and it is desirable to make some temporary Provision for the Civil Government of such Territories, until permanent Settlements shall be thereupon established, and the Number of Colonists increased: Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, as follows:

Columbia.

I. British Columbia shall, for the Purposes of this Act, be Boundaries of held to comprise all such Territories within the Dominions of British Her Majesty as are bounded to the South by the Frontier of the United States of America, to the East by the main Chain of the Rocky Mountains, to the North by Simpson's River and the Finlay Branch of the Peace River, and to the West by the Pacific Ocean, and shall include Queen Charlotte's Island, and all other Islands adjacent to the said Territories, except as hereinafter excepted.

II. It shall be lawful for Her Majesty, by any Order or Her Majesty Orders to be by Her from Time to Time made, with the Advice by Order in of Her Privy Council, to make, ordain, and establish, and Council may (subject to such Conditions or Restrictions as to Her shall seem vide for the meet) to authorize and empower such Officer as She may from making of

make or pro

Laws for the

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