No. 43
19th March 1869
My Lord,
I have the honor to forward a Resolution passed by the Legislative Council on the 14th of February, in favour of my declaring that a voyagetoManuscript image to any Foreign Port shall be considered of not less than forty days duration, and that "vessels of fifty tons burthen and upwards bound foreign shall be allowed their stores duty free."
2. I enclose a Report on the subject from the Collector of Customs, and would beg for instructions from Your Lordship.
3. It seems somewhat preposterous to declare a voyage to Port AngelosanManuscript imagean hour and a half in a steamer—or to Port Townsend, three hours and a half under steam, to be of not less than forty days duration, but I am willing to further the trade of Victoria in any way I legitimately can.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord,
Your Lordship's most obedient
humble Servant
Frederick Seymour
Minutes by CO staff
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CC 14 May
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Sir F. Rogers
It wd seem better to change the law than to evade it.
(?) Send to the B of Trade with a request to be favored with any suggestions of Their Lordships upon the question raised by the Resolution of the Legislative Council.
HTH 15.5.69
FR 15/5
G 19/5
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See subsequent 56/5579 March 24, 1869.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Resolution of the Legislative Council, 14 February 1869, respecting voyages to foreign ports, including printed "Report of Select Committee as to Ships Stores, &c," signed by George Walkem, Chairman, 8 February 1869.
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W. Hamley, Collector of Customs, 12 March 1869, memorandum on the desirability of making ships' stores duty free under certain circumstances.
Other documents included in the file
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Sandford to Assistant Secretary, Commercial Department, Board of Trade, 25 May 1869, forwarding copy of the despatch for suggestions and observations.