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WARRANT APPOINTING THE ROYAL COMMISSION TO INQUIRE
INTO THE SUBJECT OF MINING ROYALTIES.
Whitehall, August 19, 1889.
Manual to the following effect :-
Eictoria, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
To Our right trusty and right well-beloved Cousin and Councillor Thomas George,
Whereas We have deemed it expedient that a Commission should forthwith issue to inquire into the amounts paid as royalties, dead-rents, and way-leaves on coal, ironstone, iron-ore, shale, and the metals of mines subject to the Metalliferous Mines Act, 1872, worked in the United Kingdom, and the terms and conditions under which those payments are made, and into the economic operation thereof upon the mining industries of the country; and, further, to inquire into the terms and conditions under which mining enterprise is conducted in India, the Colonies, and Foreign Countries by the system of concession or otherwise, and the economical operation thereof.
Now know ye, that We, reposing great trust and confidence in your knowledge
the said Thomas George Earl of Northbrook; Edward Baron Macnaghten;
And for the better effecting the purposes of this Our Commission, We do by these
And We do further by these presents authorise and empower you, or any five or more of you, to visit and personally inspect such places as you may deem expedient for the more effectual carrying out of the purposes aforesaid.
And We do by these presents will and ordain that this Our Commission shall continue in full force and virtue, and that you Our said Commissioners, or any moro of you, may from time to time proceed in the execution thereof, and of every matter and thing therein contained, although the same be not continued from time to time by adjournment.
And We do further ordain that you, or any five or more of you, have liberty to report your proceedings under this Our Commission from time to time, if
shall judge it expedient so to do.
And Our further will and pleasure is that you do, with as little delay as possible, report to Us, under your hands and seals, or under the hands and seals of
five or more of you, your opinion upon the several matters herein submitted for your consideration.
Given at Our Court at St. James's, the fourteenth day of August one thousand
By Her Majesty's Command.
TO THE QUEEN'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY.
MAY IT PLEASE YOUR MAJESTY,
We, the undersigned Commissioners, appointed under Your Majesty's Commission, dated 19th August 1889, desire humbly to submit to Your Majesty the following further Report of evidence taken at meetings which we held between December 15th, 1891, and December 14th, 1892, together with written information
which has been furnished to us relative to the Mining Systems of India, the Colonies,