No. 29
24 May 1866
Sir,
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch No. 19 of the 12th March reporting the discovery of extensive Gold Fields at that part of the Columbia River commonly known as the "Big Bend" and announcing that you had appointed Mr. O'Reilly and Mr. GaggintoManuscript image to be Gold Commissioners for the Columbia District.
I have the honor to be
Sir,
Your most obedient
humble servant
Edward Cardwell
The Officer Administering the Government
Cardwell, Edward to Birch, Arthur Nonus 24 May 1866, NAC RG7:G8C/13, 209. 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/B667029.html.

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