20 March 1865
I have had the honor to receive your confidential despatch of the 12th of January forwarding copy of one from the Governor of British Honduras stating on the authority of Mr Hugh Austin, that Dr Campbell had saidthatManuscript image that he had attended Captain Holmes for delirium tremens in Jamaica. Thus, after many months, Lieutenant Governor Austin, through the researches of his brother, is enabled to shew that his charge against Captain Holmes is not absolutely groundless.
You, Sir, however, did not require this roundabout hearsayManuscript image evidence. I also attended Captain Holmes in his day's illness in Jamaica and I informed you of the worst complexion it would bear in my despatches of the 30th of August and the 2nd of February. Why has not, in fairness, Mr Austin forwarded a written statement of the case from Dr Campbell?
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I have the honor to be,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
Frederick Seymour
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
The papers on this subject are with Captn Holmes's letter of defence sent in circulation a few days ago.
HCN 16 May
This adds nothing.
HT 17 May
FR 17/5
CF 19
Say that the regret with which I found at first that Gov. Seymour had omitted to state facts which in recommending Captain Holmes he ought not to have kept back, has not been diminished by the tone of the letters which he has addressed to me in answer to my communications on this, to me very painful subject.
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Draft reply, Cardwell to Seymour, Separate, 30 May 1865.