McClure to Under-Secretary of State
8 September 1859
The Mission Board of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland are desirious of sending one or more Ministers of their body to the new Colony of British Columbia, North America. They have directed me, as Governor of the Colonial Mission, to inquire whether, in case of such appointments being made, the Government would afford any assistance or encouragement in regard to passage or otherwise.
I have etc.
William McClure
Minutes by CO staff
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Answer that H.M. Govt are without any funds for providing Clergymen with a free passage, or other assistance to B. Columbia.
ABd 13 Sepr
Annex dt.
HM S 13
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Draft, Merivale to McClure, 22 September 1859, advising the government had no funds to provide assistance in any form.