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Petitions Against the 'Settlement Act'

from Nanaimo and Comox

from the Sessional Papers of the British Columbia Government, 1883-4

extracted by Hugh Armstrong
 




PETITION
(Nanaimo)

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of the, Province of British Columbia. GENTLEMEN: We, the undersigned Electors of the constituency of Nanaimo, in the Province of British Columbia beg respectfully to, protest against the passage, by the Legislative Assembly of the Province, of the Bill entitled the "Settlement Act," and beg to submit for your consideration our objections thereto, as follows, viz.:- 1. That the "Settlement Act" virtually creates a monopoly, inasmuch as it makes no stipulation that the Dominion Government shall transfer the Railway Reserve to the Railway Company under provisions thaf shall secure to the public,the right to purchase Agricultural, Timber and Coal Lands at any fixed price or in any definite quantity, or that the regulations provided for the purchase of Coal Lands from the Dominion Government in other parts of the Dominion have not been made to apply to the Vancouver Island Railway Reserve; 2. That the said Act discourages coal mining by exempting from taxation, until occupied, all the lands to, be transferred to the proposed Railway Company; 3. Your Petitioners would impress upon your consideration the necessity of amending the Act so, as to provide against the - possible creation of a monopoly in the chief resources of the Province; And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c. Wm. H. Morton James Knight Joseph Metcalf Peter Taylor Joseph Baker Robert Freethy Harry Roaswall J.A. Thompson John Linn D.S. McDonald D. Smith Thomas White John Whitfield D. Hoggan Thos. McGuffie Geo. Bevilockway J. Hirst Richard Chapple Joseph Bevilockway W. Hirst David Roberts W.E. Webb J. Webb R. Norris J.M. Knight R. Brown William M. Flewett N. Smith S. Brightman Magnus Edgar Elijah Smithurst W. Akenbead Jonathan Martin J.B. Ward James Abrama H. Pitersen John Gribble J.W. Stirtan Aaron Martin Lawrence Manson D. Jones, senior Thomas Degnen James Lyons David Hopkins James H. Degnen R. Davis Price Thomas John Degnen J. Stephens George Sage John W. Penberthy F.C. Meakin Peter Morrison James McLay John Foster Taylor George Theodore Le boeuf Frank Holden Neal Bowater Michael Manly John Hunter George Hilton John Gemmell William Miller Aaron Garland Alexander Kennedy Nils Nord Robert Dunn Albert Fuller T. O'Sullivan C.C. Westwood Samuel C. Davis W. Wymond Walkem B.J. Westwood James Henry Mulholland R. Whitfield M. Morrison Joseph Abbott Jonathan Blundell James Harley Parker White James Malpass Robert Rivers Ewd. H. Michael John H. Scales Samuel Hudson George McGregor Geo. Thomson David Graham Charles Bennie Thomas Millar D.H. Westwood Samuel Bennie William Lewis D. Westwood John Bennie William Wilks Saml. Joues John Thomas D. Davis Adolph Mayer Charles York T. Jones C.N. Westwood James Gordon George Baker Daniel Beauchamp George Crawford John Grandam Robert Aitken David Hardy Robert Beck George Churchill Richard Thomas Walter Grifriths James Davy John Williams John Muir James Williams Wm. Rodgson Duncan McLeod Mark Churchill Neil McLean G.0. Lock Thos. Hopkins Geo. McGarrigle John Abrams Thos. Wilks Ben. Popplewell Alex. Hoggan John Cameron Gustav Biermann James Bennett Wm. 0. Lockhart James Frame James Leask Hugh Richardson Larry McMahon Charles F. Gullion John Marwick Richard Peden James Fisher John Cullighan Walter T. Myles George Cassidy John Williams Frank Day Archd. Cowie Joseph Guthro George Dunbar Charles Stewart Thomas Perry William Jack Edward Pearson William Davey William Hinksman Alexander Papley Michael Corcorn John D. Dixon William MacDonald Joseph Trumper J.C. Reiley Alaraham Starks Thomas Jamieson Michl. O'Dea Louis Starks John Johnson John Fear David Overton John Pargeter Emanuel Wiles Richard Richardson S. Wm. James John J. Davis John Richardson Isaac Sage Albion Tranfield Benjamin Richardson Colin Cameron Frederick Throup Peter Richardson Ben H. Davies William Orwin John Hemer Arthur Bullock John Enos Jules L. Michael Enoch Sage Harry Bownall David Scott John A. Mateer David Jones James Paterson Walter Wilson C.W. Chantrell George Old, senior S.D. Levi John Craven John Meakin, senior Louis Gabriel Jas. Akenhead Wni. Lukey, junior James McKinlay, senr. Joseph Ganner William, Stove James Lewis John Peace William Bone Wm. M. Hilbert Geo. H. Frost William Lukey Richard Gilmore E. Quennell Richd. Brinn George Gartley R. Westmorland Joseph Randle Wm. Parkin Cornelius Bryant Joshua Martell James Wilks Samuel Gough Charles Machin Joseph Curry H. Cooper Thomas Morgan John Mahrer J.H. Pleace Archibald Muir Jos. Foster William Randle John Meakin, jr. John McLean James Bolton Alex. Galloway Samuel Price Isaac Snowden W. Sinclair James Thompson William Hosie Z. Guest William Morgan A.J. Dixon Donald Ferguson William Reid Joseph Lawless William Roberts C. Millington John Dick Geo. Campbell J. Malcolm Wm. Keddy Hugh Bolton Joseph Murton Geo. House Henry Bolton Thomas Goldsworthy Joseph Fletcher John Morgan William Emanuel Ralph Craig Griffith Rees Joseph Harper James McKinnell Jas. Wilcox John Williams William Hoggan Jas. M. Brown Alexander Wilson Gilbert McKinnell John Hilbert Isaac Emblen Alex. Easson Chas. L. Smith John Rollo Andrew McKinlay James Jamieson Thomas Hardy James Allen W.H. Coburn James Young William Crosson Jas. Phillips Thomas Bertram James A. Carstairs John Smith W.J. Marriott Henry Biggs P. Sabiston Edward Mortimore, B.A. John Allan A. Summerhayes A.J. Anderson William Patterson William Isbister Joseph Ramsay Robert Pool David Page William Worrell John Thompson John Sampson Thomas Cassidy Absalom Uren John Jones Herman Frocholm James Stove, Sr. T.D. Jones James Rollo 
PETITION
(Comox)
To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of the,
Province of British Columbia.
GENTLEMEN: We, the undersigned Electors of the constituency of Comox, in the Province of British Columbia beg respectfully to, protest against the passage, by the Legislative Assembly of the Province, of the Bill entitled the "Settlement Act," and beg to submit for your consideration our objections thereto, as follows, viz.:- 1. That the "Settlement Act" virtually creates a monopoly, inasmuch as it makes no stipulation that the Dominion Government shall transfer the Railway Reserve to the Railway Company under provisions thaf shall secure to the public,the right to purchase Agricultural, Timber and Coal Lands at any fixed price or in any definite quantity, or that the regulations provided for the purchase of Coal Lands from the Dominion Government in other parts of the Dominion have not been made to apply to the Vancouver Island Railway Reserve; 2. That the said Act discourages coal mining by exempting from taxation, until occupied, all the lands to, be transferred to the proposed Railway Company; 3. Your Petitioners would impress upon your consideration the necessity of amending the Act so, as to provide against the - possible creation of a monopoly in the chief resources of the Province; And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c. J.X. Willemar David Williams Samuel Piercy William Grieve Thomas Rabson Thomas Finley J. Jaynes Chas. Bridges George Howe E.W. Rose M. Donohue William Lewis M. Pierey, Jr. George Grieve S.F. Crawford T. Beckensell Robert Thomas Byron Crawford John J.R. Miller W.A. Mathewson Thos. Cairns W.R. Robb Adam McKelvey Saml. J. Cliffe R.R. Wilcox Stafford McKelvey William Anderton J.H. Halliday Edward Rollings Jas. Robb John Grieve Lorenzo Grant Geo. G. McDonald James Rees Alex. Urquhart R.H. Pidcock James Clarke John Hardy H.E. Huxham R.D. Horan Chas. J. Hooper D. Sullivan Thomas Pickard Matthew Lyttell J.W. McKenzie Hugh Stewart Patrick Murphy John Howe James Haggard William Beech Geo. F. Drabble, J.P. John Graham John Piercy W.H. Piercy Michael Watt Henry Grieve Joseph Fitzgerald Thos. H. Piercy Daniel Stewart Joseph McPhee George T. Forlan R.T. Cliffe Robert T. Swan Alex. McMillan R.T. Carwithen David Murray David Pickles J.R. Berkeley Thomas Kinkade Andrew Paul A. Milligan Walter McFarlan Charles Brown W.E. Harmston Charles McFarlan Peter Berry R.L. Mountain James W. McFarlan John M. Fitzpatrick Matthew Piercy Stephen Coburn J.A. Pritchard M. O'Brien
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