No. 24
16th May 1854
My Lord Duke
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt, on the 13th Inst of your Despatch No 9, of the 27th Septr 1853, approving of the provisional arrangements, made for the better administration of Justice in this Colony, and transmitting for my guidance a form of the Commission of the Peace, and two forms of the oaths to be used and taken by the Justices, on their qualifying.
I have also noted your Grace's remark as to the qualification of Estate required by the act of Parliament in the case of Gentlemen nominated in Commissions of the Peace in England which you observe is at present unnecessary, in Vancouver's Island, and need not therefore be introduced in the Commission.
I have the honor to be
Your Grace's most obedient humble Servant
James Douglas

His Grace The Right Honble The Duke of Newcastle
Her Majesty's principal Secretary of State
For the Colonial Department
Minutes by CO staff
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