Kitson to Secretary of State
My Lord,
I should feel exceedingly obliged if you would be kind enough to inform me to whom I should apply for information concerning the fate of one of my parishioners, Edward Pearson by name, who held a year ago 30 acres of land under Her Majesty's Government at New Westminster, British Columbia.
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I imagine there is some officer of Government in that colony who would probably be able to satisfy his friends as to whether he is still alive.
Trusting that I am not too presuming in requesting the favour of a reply from your Lordship's office.
I remain, My Lord,
Your humble & obedt Servant
Edward Kitson
(Curate of the Parish)

Novr 25th 1867
The Rt Honble
The Secretary of State
for the Colonies
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
Answer that the Colonial Secy of the Colony has been appd to answer enquiries of this nature.
CC 27/11
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At once.
FR 27/11
Other documents included in the file
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Adderley to Kitson, 3 December 1867, advising him to contact the colonial secretary of the colony for further information.