No. 8
Downing Street,
7 February 1860
I transmit for your information a Copy of a letter from Mr Begbie stating the conditions on which he is willing to undertake the opening up a road in British Columbia; and I have to request that you will furnishManuscript imagefurnish me with a report upon the subject to which it relates.
In sending you this Communication however I do not intend to express my sanction of a close monopoly of a road as proposed by Mr Begbie, a measure which in my opinion would, in such a Country as British Columbia, be open to grave objections.
I have the honor to be
Your Most Obedient
Humble Servant
Pelham-Clinton, Henry Pelham Fiennes to Douglas, James 7 February 1860, LAC RG7:G8C/9, 100. 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.

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