RBCM Archives

Series MS-1112 - Sir James Douglas records

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Sir James Douglas records

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  • 1852-1877 (Creation)
    Douglas, James, Sir, 1803-1877

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Originals, 2 cm

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Douglas, James, Sir, 1803-1877

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James Douglas joined the North West Company in 1819 and the Hudson's Bay Company in 1821, ultimately serving as Chief Factor of British Columbia. He was a governor of the colony of Vancouver Island and the first governor of the united colony of British Columbia. He was knighted in 1863. Douglas died in Victoria, B.C.

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(File 1) Commission appointing James Douglas as Lieutenant Governor of Queen Charlotte Island [sic] [Haida Gwaii, previously Queen Charlotte Islands] 1852 ; (File 2) Instructions from Queen Victoria regarding his appointment as Governor of the Colony of BC 1858, Instructions from Queen Victoria regarding the appointment of a Legislative Council for the Colony of BC, 1863; (File 3) Letters Patent appointing James Douglas Vice Admiral of BC, 1858; (File 4) Royal Warrant and Draft Commission 1858; (File 5) private despatch from the Secretary of State for the Colonies regarding the salary of the Governor, December 16, 1858; (File 6) papers relating to the grant of Order of the Bath, 1858, 1863; (File 7) Warrant empowering Douglas to use the Public Seal of the Colony of British Columbia, 1859; (File 8) address on the occasion of his retirement, 1864; (File 9) printed copy of the resolutions of the Yale Convention, 1868, printed copy of an address presented by Lady Franklin to Governor Douglas, wax and paper seal of Douglas; (File 10) memorial of condolence to Lady Douglas on Douglas's death, 1877.

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Accession number(s): 80-037

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