Banister to Labouchere
5 Child's Place Temple
16th January 1857
I have the honor to transmit to you a copy of a letter I have received from Vancouver's Island by the last Mail referring to the matter brought under your consideration last year at the instance of the Colonists of that Colony. This communication acknowledges the receipt of a letter from me of the 10th of July 1856 referred to in the Copy of my letter to them of the 8th of November last a copy of which I beg also to transmit to you.
I have the honor to be Sir:
Your very obedient servant
Thomas Banister

To the Right Honble
H. Labouchere MP
Colonial Minister
Downing Street
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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1. James Cooper to Banister, 2 November 1856, advising that he had sent a packet containing evidence "to substantiate our just cause of complaint" respecting David Cameron; that the colonists had lost faith with the government and "all who can wind up their affairs, are preparing to do so—myself among the number"; and that he was planning to return to England next April or May.
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2. Banister to Cooper, Edward E. Langford, William Banfield, James Yates, and Thomas Jas. Skinner, 8 November 1856, acknowledging receipt of their packet, and asking if they really wanted to pursue the matter further.
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
VJ 17 Jan
HM Jan 19
Mr Bannister's [Banister's] letter of 8 Novr is more judicious
than usual with him.
JB 20 Jany
HL 22
Other documents included in the file
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Draft, Ball to Banister, 31 January 1857, acknowledging receipt of correspondence "on the subject of the establishment of a Rail road through the British North American Territories to the Pacific."