No. 8
8th April 1856
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt on the 3rd of Instant of your Despatch No 1 of the 17th Decr last, transmitting a letter from the Royal Commissioners of the Patriotic Fund, enclosing a receipt for the amount of contributions to that charity, collected within the District of Victoria.
I have also to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch No 2 of theManuscript imagethe 24th of December last, referring to my letter No 17 of the 13th September,
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in which I took the liberty of suggesting that the Provisions and Stores required for Her Majesty's Ships, should be sent direct from England to Vancouver's Island, and that Store Houses for their reception, should be erected at Port Esquimalt.
I observe with satisfaction that you have referred the subject of that Despatch to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, and that they have directed Rear Admiral Bruce to furnish a report on the subject.
I have also the honor to acknowledge the receipt on the same date of your Despatch No 3 of the 26th January,
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referring to my letter of the 8th November last, reporting the outbreak of the Indian war in American Oregon.
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It affords me the greatest satisfaction to observe, that the measures which I pursued on that occasion, in respect to the aid furnished to the American authorities, has met with your approval and I trust that our proceedings since that time, dictated by a kindred policy, as reported in subsequent communications, will also meet with the approval of Her Majesty's Government.
I have the honor to be Sir
Your most obedient humble Servant
James Douglas

The Right Honble Henry Labouchere Esqre
Her Majesty's principal Secretary of State
For the Colonial Department.
Minutes by CO staff
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Put by.
ABd 1 July
HM July 1
In this instance there is no inconvenience but as a rule for the
future I wd request the Govr to write upon each separate subject in a separate despatch.
JB 2 July
HL 4
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Draft reply, Labouchere to Douglas, No. 13, 18 July 1856.