Downing Street
19 November 1857
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your despatch No 23 of the 20th of July last, in answer to which I need only now observe that the Public Seal appointed by the Queen for the Colony of Vancouver's Island should be reserved for authenticating all Laws, Public Instruments and other documents of Importance and should not be applied indiscriminately to all documents of every description. Those which partake of the character of Acts of Office, such as certificates of birth, life, marriage or burial, minor appointments made by you in pursuance of special authority vested in you and alterations in signatures and should be authenticated under the Governor's Seal of Arms.
I have the honor to be Sir,
Your most obedient humble servant
H. Labouchere

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Douglas, James

Labouchere, Henry

Victoria, Alexandrina

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