Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary) to Elliot (Assistant Under-Secretary)
India Office, S.W.
19th September 1868
In accordance with the request contained in your letter dated 14 Inst: I am directed by Sir Stafford Northcote to forward to you for the information of the Duke of Buckingham & Chandos, a copy of Act I of 1859 passed by the Legislative Council of India, being an "Act for the amendment of the Laws relating to Merchant Seamen."
I am,
Your obedient Servant
Herman Merivale
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Holland
Send this out to Govr Seymour & express his Grace's regret that he has been unable to comply with the Atty Genls request for a copy of the Indian Statutes.
WR 21 Sept 68
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Mr Adderley
I think the request for the Indian Acts was really unreasonable in the case of a Colony like B. Columbia & I would therefore leave out all expression of regret.
HTH 21/9
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Send wt regret, at once.
CBA 22/9
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Draft reply, Buckingham to Seymour, No. 78, 24 September 1868 sending Seymour “the East Indian Local Statute…No. 1 of 1859” and informing Seymour that all of the statues cannot be sent to British Columbia.