Locke to Lytton
[Odellville?], Ballingarry
Co. Limerick
29th Sep 1858
I shall be obliged if you will inform me if H.M. Govt would sanction the formation of a Corps of Emigrants for British Columbia, they would form a nucleus forManuscript image a Police or Militia force; I could raise one hundred young and able bodied men good Artisans and workmen to be placed in the first instance under Military discipline and settled in one shot.
I am perfectlyManuscript image independent a Magistrate and Landowner of this Country, have served in H.M. 67th Reg and as Major of the 2d Reg B. [Italian?] Legion. I have also held two temporary Govt appointments in this country and should H.M. Govt entertain the proposal I have madeManuscript image the details can easily be completed and I can refer to all under whom I have served for testimonials as to my conduct and capability.
I have the Honor to be Sir
Your obt Sert
J.W.T Locke

The Rt Honble
Sir E. Bulwer Lytton
Minutes by CO staff
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Answer that Sir Edd Lytton thanks the Writer for the suggestion he has been so good as to offer; but that it is not intended by H.M's Government to sanction any Emigration fromthisManuscript image this Kingdom with a view to the formation of a Police or Militia force in British Columbia.
ABd 5 Octr/58
HM O 5
Annex draft.
C Oct 6
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Draft, Merivale to Locke, 12 October 1858, advising that the government did not intend to sanction emigration or to form a police or militia force.