No. 9
25th July 1855
My Lord
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Sir George Grey's Circular Despatch of the 12th of April last, transmitting a printed Table, containing a series of questions, intended to ascertain to what extent, and with what final results the introduction of Penny Postage in Great Britain in 1840, has been followed by a reduction of inland Postage, and other improvements in those British Colonies, which are under the control of their Local Governments.
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I have the honor to inform your Lordship in reply to the subject of that communication that no general Postal arrangements have ever existed in this Colony. The inhabitants being few in number, and living near to each other, letters are conveyed within the Colony by messengers employed for the occasion, and letters from Europe, and foreign countries are conveyed by the United States Mail Steam Line, by the way of Panama and California, to Oregon, from whence they are brought in the Hudson's Bay Company's Express Boats to this place.
As this explanation will probably be considered a sufficiently full and clear answer to the enquiry, concerning the state of the Postal arrangements in this Colony, I do not return the Printed Table.
I have the honor to be
Your Lordship's most obedient humble Servant
James Douglas

The Right Honble Lord John Russel [Russell]
Her Majesty's principal Secretary of State
For the Colonial Department.
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Transmit a Copy of this Despatch to the Treasury?
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Draft, Colonial Office to Sir Charles Trevelyan, Treasury, 4 October 1855, forwarding copy of the despatch.