No. 1
9th January 1857
1. There is nothing of much importance respecting the Colony to communicate.
2. Peace and plenty reign throughout the settlements. Trade is rather dull, yet there is nowantManuscript image want of employment for the labouring classes in the Colony.
3. The native Indian Tribes are quiet and friendly in their deportment and intercourse with the settlers. In fact not a single complaint has been made against any Indian of this Colony, for the last two months.
4. The cold weather set in with the beginning of the year, and the ground is now covered with snow to the depth of between 6 and 10 inches, on the sea coast, and much over that depth in the interior of the Island.
5. The live stock on the snow covered pasturesareManuscript image are suffering from the weather, but I am informed that the greater part of the domestic cattle are comfortably housed and well supplied with fodder. No loss of cattle from the severity of the weather is therefore anticipated.
Trusting that the Colony may continue in a prosperous state.
I have the honor to be Sir
Your most obedient humble Servant
James Douglas

The Right Honble Henry Labouchere
Her Majestys principal Secretary of State
For the Colonial Department
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
Acke this satisfactory report.
ABd 17/3
The continued good relations with the natives, notwithstanding all
that is going on in the neighbourhood on the continent, are really very satisfactory.
HM Mh 18
JB 20 Mh
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Draft reply, Labouchere to Douglas, No. 7, 24 March 1857.
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Ball, John

Blackwood, Arthur Johnstone

Douglas, James

Labouchere, Henry

Merivale, Herman

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