Hamilton to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
Treasury Chambers
2 March 1859
Sir,
With reference to your letter of the 14th Ultimo, transmitting an Extract from a despatch from the Governor of British Columbia, together with the Copy of a Proclamation issued by him imposing duties on imports into that Colony, I am directed by the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury to acquaint you, for the information of Sir E.B. Lytton, that My Lords have communicated with the Lords of the Committee of Privy Council for Trade and there appears to be no objection to this Proclamation.
I am etc.
Geo A. Hamilton
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
See yr note on 1058 as to laying the Proclamations before Parlt: & not confirming them till that course has been taken. We have very few Proclamations—not more than 3 or 4. Till when wd you wish us to wait before laying a series—for these Proclamations, whh are equivalent to Laws, should be sanctioned at no very distant date.
ABd 3/3
I should lay at once those we have received.
HM Mh 4
C Mch 4
Shew the above to Mr Joseph—as his instruction.
Hamilton, George Alexander to Merivale, Herman 2 March 1859, CO 60:6, no. 2297, 126. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/B595TE08.html.

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