No. 23
15th September 1856
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch No 12, of the 8th of July last, transmitting copies of a correspondence with Mr Robert Swanston of San Francisco, relative to the selection of Mr Cameron for the office of Judge of the Supreme Court of Vancouver's Island.
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I feel deeply obliged for the highly becoming and pointed reply to Mr Swanston's communications, of which you have favoured me with a copy, and appreciate the support thereby given to my administration.
Mr Swanston's friends are few in number and certainly do not represent the respectable part of this community nor their real wants and sentiments.
I have also the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Circular Despatches of the dates noted in the margin,
Circular 30 May; 8 and 11 July 1856.
and my attention shall be directed to the instructions which they contain.
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.
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Mr Merivale
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