12th December 1864
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch, No. 51, of the 25th of September last, submitting a difficulty with reference to the eighth clause of The Queen's Instructions of the 11th of January last.
The Instruction is intended to render a Governor circumspect in his proceedings by imposing upon him the necessity of consulting his Council, and IamManuscript image am not aware that this necessity has been productive of any inconvenience in other Colonies. It is, however, for you to judge on your own responsibility what are the cases in which the advantage of the Public Service requires him to act without consulting his Executive Council, and that it is impossible for me, without reference to a particular case, to say whether you will be right or wrong in giving a large interpretation to your Instructions in this respect.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient
Humble Servant
Edward Cardwell
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Cardwell, Edward to Seymour, Frederick 12 December 1864, NAC RG7:G8C/11, 384. 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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