No. 108
1 March 1862
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your despatch No 47 of the 14th of July, transmitting a Memorial from the Inhabitants of Vancouver Island praying that assistance may be granted from the Imperial Treasury towards the establishment of a postal communication with the Colony.IManuscript image I have also to acknowledge your despatch No. 76 of the 30th of November enclosing a similar memorial adopted at a public meeting at New Westminster.
Her Majesty's Government are very sensible of the benefit which the two Colonies would derive from the establishment of a line of Mail Steamers to Panama or even to San Francisco, and they have not failed to give the wishes of the Memorialists their careful consideration.ButManuscript image But I regret to inform you that they do not feel themselves justified at present in applying to Parliament for a subsidy from Imperial Funds towards improving the arrangements under which correspondence is conveyed between this country and Vancouver Island and British Columbia.
I have the honor to be
Your obedient Servant
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Douglas, James

Pelham-Clinton, Henry Pelham Fiennes

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Pelham-Clinton, Henry Pelham Fiennes to Douglas, James 1 March 1862, NAC RG7:G8C/10, 67. 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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