No. 141
25 April 1859
I have duly received your Despatch of the 12th February last No 22, expressing to me the satisfaction of Her Majesty's Government at the tranquillity prevailing in the Colony of British Columbia, and commending the efforts I have madeManuscript imagemade to avoid drawing upon the Imperial Treasury for the expenses of the Colony.
2. I need not say how gratifying is this approval to me. Her Majesty's Government may rest assured that I will not relax in the application of the most rigid economy to the public affairs of the Colony, and I doubt not that, apart from the expenses incurred by the Detachments of Royal Engineers and Royal Marines, we shall continue to be able to meetManuscript imagemeet the other expenses of the Colony, and that ultimately British Columbia will be able to repay the Advances made to her by the Mother Country.
I have etc.
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
Copy to Treasury with 5889 by way of showing the Governor's impression as to the future financial capabilities of the Colony.
ABd 10/6
HM June 11
C June 11