No. 11
2nd February 1870
My Lord,
In Your Lordship's Despatch No 111 of the 17th December my attention was called to the Duke of Buckingham's Despatch No 69 of 31st August 1868, as one which should have been included in the Schedule of those unanswered. ThatDespatchManuscript image Despatch refers to the Ordinance No 18 of 1867 "to amend the duties of Customs" and to a Report from the Commissioners of Customs, said to be therein transmitted, suggesting alterations in sections four and eight of the Ordinance.
2. I think there must have been some accidental substitution of one Report for another in respect of the Enclosure forwarded. The one received is dated 23rd July 1868,NoManuscript image No 293—and does not suggest any alterations in sections four and eight. It seems to refer to a previous report; and treats principally of section seven of which, with the other provisions of the Ordinance mentioned, the Commissioners appear not to disapprove.
3. But in any case, unless Your Lordship should regard it as imperatively necessary to do so, I should be unwilling at present to openanyManuscript image any discussion upon the Customs duties Ordinance by suggesting amendments to the Council.
I have the honor to be,
My Lord,
Your most obedient
humble Servant
A. Musgrave
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Holland
You will see that the Report of the Commr of Customs which the Govr ought to have recd was that in a previous Ty letter 12663—not that in the 2d 9147.
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Mr Herbert
I should be disposed to send him a copy of the Report of the Commissrs in 12663 in which objections were stated to sections 4 & 8. I should add that though Ld G concurs in the objections & thinks them worthy of consideration the Governor may exercise his own discretion as to opening any discussion upon them by suggest[ing] amendment. Govr Musgrave may be trusted upon this matter.
HTH 10/3/70
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At once.
RGWH Mar 10/70
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Draft reply, Granville to Musgrave, No. 25, 14 March 1870.