Falk to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
32 Leadenhall Street E.C.
2 February 1859 Herman Merivale Esq Under Secretary of State Colonial Office Downing Street

A short absence from home has prevented my acknowledging sooner receipt of your esteemed favor of the 21st January. My letter of introduction which Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton may be good enough to give me to Governor Douglas of British Columbia as solicited in my former letter of 10 January will of course be received by me upon the terms mentioned by you, that such does not to any extent guarantee the concerns in which I am interested.
I am personally acquainted with a good many Members of either house of Parliament and by making a couple of calls could I dare say get a personal introduction to Sir Edward, but I dare say the inclosed Note from Sir Edwards Colleague the former Colonial Minister to me (which kindly return) will be a sufficient Voucher for my respectability and standing.
I have the honor to Remain Sir
Your obedient humble Servant
Robert Falk
Minutes by CO staff
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Wait for the recommendations or introduction to Sir Edward.
ABd 4 Feb
Mr Blackwood
I do not read his letter as promising any more recommendations? He seems to rely on Sir J. Pakington's note?
HM F 4
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Draft, Merivale to Falk, 14 February 1859, forwarding letter of introduction to Douglas, and returning his enclosure.
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Draft, Newcastle to Douglas, 14 February 1859, letter of introduction as noted above.