No. 63
17 September 1867
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your despatch No. 75 of the 1st July enclosing a letter addressed to me by Mr. James Cooper, Harbour Master of British Columbia requesting that he may be transferred to some other Colony as his present emoluments are insufficient forhisManuscript image his maintenance in a state of respectability.
I regret that I am unable to hold out any hopes of being able to meet Mr. Cooper's wishes.
In commenting upon Mr. Cooper's application I observe that you express a belief that his statement of the circumstances under which he accepted his present appointment is correct.
I am quite at a loss to conceive any means by which you can have a knowledge of expectations supposed to have been held out by Lord LyttontoManuscript image to Mr. Cooper, 9 years ago, at a time when you were in the Colony of Honduras, and I desire to point out to you the inexpediency of persons holding the responsible position of Governor expressing any opinions of the correctness of statements put forward by individuals on their own behalf without clear and certain knowledge of the accuracy of them.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient
humble Servant
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