No. 2
27th January 1865
Sir,
I have had the honor to receive your despatch marked "Separate" of the 24th November, directing me to return to your department Sir James Douglas's Commission as Vice Admiral of this Colony should it be in my possession.
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2. I beg leave to state in reply that I do not believe that the Commission in question is in British Columbia.
I have the honor to be,
Sir,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Frederick Seymour
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
See last paragraph of the Letter of Sir J. Douglas of the 22d July last and of the consequent Dispatch to Govr Seymour of the 24th Novr. Write now to Sir J. Douglas intimating what Mr Seymour has requested and ask him with reference to his Letter (if he is able) to return his V. Admiralty Commission?
GG 21 March
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Mr Gairdner
It appears to me that this may be put by. I do not see what more can be done than has been done or (exactly) why the dph. of 24 Novr was necessary.
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Sir F. Rogers
The Dispatch of the 24 Novr was written for this reason that Sir J. Douglas mentioned having left the Commission at Vancouver Island. He also said that if required he wd recover the Commission from thence—and he was asked to do so, butManuscript image as we were writing to Govr Seymour on the general subject he was asked to return the Commission if it should be in his possession. He now reports that it is not.
But this was in effect what Sir J.D. had already told us.
Sir J. Douglas will probably take no further steps in the matter, but as it appears to be really a matter of very little practical importance whether the Commission is recovered, or not, perhaps it will be best to let the question sleep as you propose.
GG 22 March
Not exactly. He merely said that he had left the Commission behind him in the Colony and I think the presumption was that it had been left in the hands of the Acting Governor.
Put by at once.
Seymour, Frederick to Cardwell, Edward 27 January 1865, CO 60:21, no. 2641, 9. 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. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/B65002.html.

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