Downing Street
25th August 1869
With reference to my Confidential Despatch of 24th Inst. I transmit to you Confidentially a Copy of a Despatch from the Governor of Canada enclosing a Report of the Conference which took place at Washington between Mr. Rose the Finance Minister of the Dominion, Mr. Thornton and Mr. Fish on the part of the United States Government.
As Canada has in its Fisheries and Inland Navigation a valuable equivalent to offer to the United States for any Commercial concessions, which is not to the same extent the case with British Columbia, the latter Colony would be materially benefitted by being treated as part of Canada inrespectManuscript image respect of the negotiations on the subject.
This consideration may be usefully placed before the People of British Columbia as one of the inducements to Union.
I have etc.