No. 38
28 June 1866
I have the honor to acknowledge your despatch No. 26 of the 7th of April.
I appreciate the motives which have induced you to wish that the Colonial Securities Company should have the encouragement of being able to enjoy the services of Mr. Robert Ker as a Member of their Board of Directors.Manuscript image But I strongly feel the necessity of keeping the Auditor General in a position independent of all private pecuniary interests in the Colony, and such as to inspire perfect confidence in the Community. I am obliged therefore to object to allowing Mr. Ker, so long as he retains his office, to be also a Director of a Loan Company.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient servant
Edward Cardwell
The Officer Administering the Government
Cardwell, Edward to Birch, Arthur Nonus 28 June 1866, NAC RG7:G8C/13, 243. 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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