Downing Street
20 November 1850
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch No 4, of the 10th of July, notifying the provisional appointment of Mr John Sebastian Helmcken as a Magistrate at "Fort Rupert" and the adjoining District of Vancouver's Island.
Under the present circumstances of the settlement I approve of this Gentleman's appointment as being one more conducive to thewelfareManuscript image welfare of the Community than any other selection you could have made.
With respect to imposing a Tax on the importation of Ardent Spirits I am of opinion that it would be very desirable whenever the time shall arrive for the creation of a Legislature, and the necessary authority for the imposition of duties can be thus obtained.
I have the honor to be Sir,
Your most obedient humble Servant

Grey, Henry George to Blanshard, Richard 20 November 1850, LAC RG7:G8C/1, 13. 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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