19 May 1869
With reference to the motion made by Dr. Helmcken in the Legislative Council to obtaintheManuscript image the reduction of the Salaries of those Officers guaranteed by the "Crown Officers Salaries Act 1863" which forms the subject of your Despatch No. 25 of the 3rd March and of my reply No. 34 of this day's date I have to request you to consider carefully and to report to me whether it would not be advisable either to reduce the salaries of future holders of the Offices in question or to abolish some of those Offices, in case a proposal to that effect should hereafter be carried in the Council.
I have etc.
Leveson-Gower, Granville George to Seymour, Frederick 19 May 1869, CO 398:5, 275. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria.

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