In 1849 an Eng-
lishman, Richard Blanshard, was appointed governor of the island, but, finding that all power was in the com-
SIR JAMES nouGLAS. pany's hands, he soon resigned.
He was succeeded by James Douglas,>an officer of the company. The new governor was ordered to call an assembly of seven members, and with some difficulty he found seven men qualified to become members. But the house did little except provide for its own expenses. There was also a council of three members.
Gold In 1857 gold was discovered along several Discovered. rivers in New Caledonia, as British Columbia was 'then called. The news spread quickly, and in