No. 48
7 December 1858
1. I beg to transmit for your information copy of a letter which I lately received from Mr Edward Stamp, a person of highly respectable character, whohasManuscript image has resided in this Country for some time past, and is now returning to England on business connected with this Colony, his object being to induce English Capitalists to join him in establishing suitable steamers for the country trade.
2. He would gladly enter into a Contract with Her Majesty's Government for carrying the Mails between this place and San Francisco; and I beg to state for your information, that Mr Stamp is reported to have greatexperienceManuscript image experience as a Ship owner and Master, and is generally considered to be a respectable and perfectly trust worthy person.
I have etc.
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
Copy to the T-y with reference to the C.O. Lr of the 17 Decr last, & to previous correspondence on the postal Arrangements with B. Columbia & V.C. Isd.
ABd 31 Jany
HM Jan 31
I saw Mr Stamp today on this subject and recommended him to forward his communications to us with as little delay as may be. It will therefore be better to postpone sending this to the treasury till we receive Mr Stamp's formal application.
C Feby 1
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Edward Stamp to Douglas, 4 November 1858, detailing his proposed venture and asking for assistance in its promotion.