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Title: Queen's Jurisdiction on the Gold Coast & Abolition of Slavery
Gold Coast
Governor Strahan
Western Wassaw
Issue Date: 1875
Publisher: Harrison and Sons, London
Abstract: The Earl of Carnarvon to Governor Strahan. Sir, Downing Street, August 20, 1874. I HAVE the honour to transmit to you the inclosed Order passed by Her Majesty in Council on the 6th instant, by which the Legislative Council of the Gold Coast Colony, as constituted under Her Majesty's Charter of the 24th of July, is empowered to exercise by Ordinance all such powers as Her Majesty has acquired, or may hereafter acquire in the protected territories adjacent to the Gold Coast Colony. 2. Primarily the Legislature of the Colony can only exercise jurisdiction over the British Settlements on the Gold Coast and at Lagos, and the object of the present Order in Council is to extend its authority to the protected territories as far as it is competent for the Crown to do so, that is by delegating to it such powers as the Crown itself possesses. 3. A somewhat similar Order in Council was passed in April 1856, conferring certain powers of legislation in respect of the protected territories on the then existing Legislature of the Gold Coast. 4. It was considered desirable on the occasion of the constitution of the new Legislature to issue a fresh Proclamation, and one which would be wider in its terms than that of 1858. 5. You will duly proclaim this Order in Council. 6. You will observe that it is not confined in terms to the Gold Coast Settlements, properly speaking. But Her Majesty's Government do not wish to be understood as, therefore, desiring to exercise any greater interference than hitherto in the so-called protected territories of Lagos. No change should be made in the relations of the Government with those territories unless after very careful consideration and with the previous consent of the Secretary of State.
Description: This material can be located in the Africana Rare Room of the Balme Library, University of Ghana. The class number is I/Dp/HT 1394.G3 G79.
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