No. 26
16th May 1854
My Lord Duke,
I beg to acknowledge the receipt, on the 9th Inst, of a letter from your Grace dated 7th July 1853, mentioning the receipt of my Despatches of the numbers and Dates, noted in the Margin.
Originals Nos. 1, 5 and 6, 10 April 1853. Duplicates Nos. 2 and 4.
I have also to acknowledge the receipt on the same date of a circular Despatch from your Grace of the 18th July 1853, referring to your circular Despatch of the 9th May and further communicating that the Government of His Imperial Majesty the Emperor of the French have decided that all Foreign prohibited Goods, may be admitted for Exhibition, at the Great Industrial Exhibition at Paris, and may be afterwards either re-exported free of all duties, or may be sold in France, upon the payment of an ad-valorem duty at the rate of 30 per cent.
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I have also to acknowledge the receipt on the same date of your Grace's Circular Despatch, of the 19th July 1853, transmitting an order made by Her Majesty in Council, establishing certain Rules and Regulations, in appeals to the Queen in Council, from the Colonies, and from the Territories of the East India Company, with a view to greater economy, despatch and efficiency, in the appellate jurisdiction of Her Majesty, and I will according to your Grace's instructions, take the necessary steps for giving them the most extensive publicity.
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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Put by.
ABd 25 July
HM Jy 26
FP 26
GG 27