No. 56
24th March 1869
My Lord,
I have the honor to forward an Authenticated and two plain Copies of a Bill of the late Session of the Legislature, entitled; An Ordinance toentitleManuscript image entitle Exporters of Goods to certain Drawbacks and for other purposes.
2. Your Lordship will observe that I have not yet assented to it but await instructions.
3. I enclose the Report of the Attorney General and of the Collector of Customs on the subject. Both seem opposed to the measure. On the other side, I forward a letter from Dr Helmcken, an influential Member of Council, strongly urging its adoption. I attach likewisecopiesManuscript image copies of the proceedings on the subject in the Legislative Council.
4. As regards the Certificate required at the Custom House that Goods have been actually landed at a Foreign Port, I know that its abolition would be a most popular measure, but it is not one that I am prepared to take on my own authority.
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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Mr Holland
This should be referred to the Board of Trade. Mr Birch says the Law would be a direct encouragement to smuggling. It is connected with 5400 which is to go to the Bd of Trade.
CC 21 May
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Sir F. Sandford
Send these papers & 5400 to the B of Trade & request to be favored with their Lordships views upon the proposed Ordinance & the other questions raisedManuscript image upon these papers.
HTH 22.5.69
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At once.
FRS 22/5
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
Three printed copies of ordinance not on microfilm.
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H.P.P. Crease, Attorney General, to Seymour, 24 March 1869, reporting unfavourably on the bill as per despatch.
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W. Hamley, Collector of Customs, 24 March 1869, reporting unfavourably on the bill as per despatch.
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J.S. Helmcken, Senior Member for Victoria, to Seymour, 12 March 1869, reporting favourably on the bill as per despatch.
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Printed synopsis of the proceedings of the Legislative Council in reference to passage of the Drawbacks Bill, 8 February to 12 March 1869.
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 and ordinance for opinion.