Hamilton to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
Treasury Chambers
16 March 1860
With reference to your Letter of the 9th Inst., Enclosing a Copy of a Despatch from the Governor of British Columbia, forwarding a Proclamation imposing a Toll on goods wares and merchandize taken from New Westminster to any part of the Colony; I am directed by the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, to acquaint you, for the information of the Duke of Newcastle, that They would observe that the Toll that has been imposed Manuscript image imposed by the Proclamation, appears to be high; but as it is stated that the Tax has not excited any discontent among the Proprietors of the Steam Vessels, Their Lordships see no reason for interfering with the Enactment.
They presume that the Governor has made the necessary arrangements for the improvement of the Navigation, to which object the Tax in question is to be applied.
I am etc.
Geo. A. Hamilton
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
Confirm the Proclamation?
VJ 17 March
HM Mh 17
CF 19
N 20
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 21, 11 May 1860.
Minutes by CO staff
The acts have been laid before Parliament as is necessary before confirmation.