No. 16
Downing Street,
23d August, 1856
Sir,
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatches Nos 12 and 14, of the 22nd May, and the 7th of June last.
I am very sensible of the responsibility imposed upon you by my despatch of the 28th of Februarylast,Manuscript image last, instructing you to Convoke a Legislative Assembly, but I am satisfied from your language that you are fully prepared to encounter that responsibility and to take the necessary steps.
With respect to the franchise, you have, I do not doubt, very good reason for considering that it is too much restricted by the terms of your Commission. It seems to me however that the best course will be, not for the present to alter the Commission, but that you should act on it in the first instance, and bring before the Assembly convoked under it, a measure for extendingtheManuscript image the suffrage in the manner which you propose.
I have the honor to be, Sir,
Your most obedient humble servant
H. Labouchere

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Labouchere, Henry to Douglas, James 23 August 1856, LAC RG7:G8C/1, 485. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/V567016.html.

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