No. 2
10th January 1865
Sir,
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch Separate of the 15th of October, enclosing copies of a Correspondence between yourself and Mr. Justice Begbie on the subject of an Article which appearedinManuscript image in one of the Newspapers, accusing Mr. Begbie of being concerned in certain speculations in British Columbia.
You were quite right to appraise Mr. Justice Begbie of the remarks which you saw published reflecting on the integrity of himself, and of other officials in the Cariboo District. The matter however has, as Mr. Begbie observes, been the subject of a correspondence before, and as you do not mention whether you have found the Despatches on record, I enclose copies ofthemManuscript image them for convenience of reference. You will find that my Predecessor felt quite satisfied with the explanations which Mr. Justice Begbie furnished on the subject.
I have the honor to be
Sir,
Your most obedient
humble servant
Edward Cardwell
Other documents included in the file
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Copy, Douglas to Newcastle, 4 November 1862, describing recent reports of speculative mining in the Cariboo district.
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Copy, Young to the Heads of Departments, 30 October 1862, forwarding circulars on behalf of Douglas with instructions for Gold Commissioners in BC.
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Copy, Circular, Young to the Assistant Gold Commissioners, 30 October 1862, explaining that Douglas does not give "credence" to reports of mining speculation on the part of commissioners and magistrates, he cautions against such activity and promises "a liberal rate of salary" as compensation for their loyalty to the Crown.
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Copy, Newcastle to Douglas, 1 January 1863, approving of Douglas's circular.
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Copy, Douglas to Newcastle, 1 December 1862, expressing his satisfaction with Judge Begbie's denial of allegations that he invested in mining claims.
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Copy, Begbie to Young, 19 November 1862, denying that he has made any purchase of mining claims.
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Copy, Newcastle to Douglas, 18 February 1863, expressing his satisfaction with Judge Begbie's denial of allegations that he invested in mining claims.
Cardwell, Edward to Seymour, Frederick 10 January 1865, NAC RG7:G8C/12, 3. 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/B657002.html.

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