No. 24
Downing Street
23 September 1859
I have to acknowledge your Despatch No 182 of the 2nd July last, in which you represent that the cost of the Military force now stationed in British Columbia with the heavy charge of Colonial pay, is more than the finances of the Colony can at present bear, and urge on Her Majesty's Government thenecessityManuscript image necessity of assuming some part of it.
From this Despatch, and from your other Correspondence, I am not sure whether you clearly understand that it was never the intention of Her Majesty's Government to throw the entire cost of this Military force on the Colony. Their Regimental pay is to be defrayed from Imperial Funds.
But with regard to the Colonial pay and allowances I cannot depart from the instructions already given you by Sir E.B. Lytton,beingManuscript image being confident that the resources of the Colony are such as will in all probability enable it to overcome existing difficulties and provide for this portion of its expenditure within a reasonable time.
I have the honor to be,
Your most obedient
humble Servant,