No. 48
8 May 1860
My Lord Duke
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Grace's despatch No 9 of the 18th February, explaining that your Grace's object in transmitting to me Captain Clarke's scheme for the disposal of land, was merely to put me in possession of the views of Manuscript image of a gentleman of great practical ability, and extensive colonial experience on the best means of meeting difficulties such as he had himself encountered in administering the affairs of a rapidly growing Colony.
2. This I supposed was your Grace's object and the motive which kindly induced you to forward Captain Clarke's scheme Manuscript image scheme, and I was not led from the tenor of your accompanying despatch, to think that you had done so as a preliminary towards carrying such a scheme into execution in a formal manner, and without regard to the Laws regulating the sale of Crown Land now in force in British Columbia.
I have etc.
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Put by.
ABd 26/6
TFE 29/6
N 30