No. 129
11 April 1859
I have duly received your Despatch of the 22nd January 1859 No 7, conveying to me your approval of the construction of the route by Harrison's River, and acquainting me that you look to the payment of all expenses connected with it out of local, and not fromManuscript imagefrom Imperial Funds.
2. The gratifying expression of your approval in this matter is very acceptable to me, and I am happy to be able to state that we have paid the whole expenses of the road, amounting to Fourteen Thousand pounds (£14,000), out of the local Revenue. The undertaking has been a severe tax upon our small resources, but the work was indispensable for the development of the Country, and it will in the end greatly benefit the Revenue by the increase of the Imports which it is the means of introducing into the interior.
I have etc.
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Put by?
ABd 28/May
HM May 30
I think it wd be wise to acknowledge & to express satisfaction at the completion of the road & the defrayment of all charges from local revenues.
C May 30
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Draft reply, Lytton to Douglas, No. 76, 4 June 1859, expressing his "satisfaction" that Douglas paid for the road with colony funds.