No. 79
20th December 1864
I have the honor to report that I called together the Legislative Council on the 12th Instant. I enclose copies of my opening Address, the reply of the Council and my rejoinder.
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2. It has been my intention merely to pass the Supplementary Estimates and Appropriation Act, so as to close the Account of this year before Christmas, and be in a position to enter, without arrears of business, upon the Legislation required for 1865.
3. It is with much satisfaction that I report, that at one sitting the whole of the Supplementary Estimates were passed, and that I hope to be able, tomorrow, to assent to the Appropriation ActandManuscript image and prorogue the Council until, the 12th of January 1865.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Frederick Seymour
[P.S.] I had the pleasure of Assenting to the Appropriation Act yesterday & of proroguing the Council until the 12th of January. 22 Dec: 1864
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Acknowledge rect.
ABd 13 Feb
TFE 14/2
Mr Seymour was instructed by the Duke of Newcastle, in common with Govr Kennedy to endeavour to bring about a union of the two Colonies. I don't know whether he has used his influence for that purpose. But if he has done so, he has signally failed. His Leg. Council hope to "set the question finally at rest."
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Put by.
[ABd] 12 March
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Printed Address given by Seymour at the opening of the the Legislative Council, 12 December 1864.
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Printed address of the Council in reply to the governor's speech, 16 December 1864.
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Printed copy of the governor's rejoinder, 19 December 1864.