Hammond to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
December 17, 1858
I am directed by the Earl of Malmesbury to transmit to you herewith, for the information of Secretary Sir Edward Lytton, a copy of a despatch from Mr Toup Nicolas, the British Acting Consul General in the Sandwich Islands, relative to the views entertained by the English Merchants in those Islands as to Victoria in Vancouver's Island being made a free Port.
I am, Sir,
Your most obedient Humble
E. Hammond
Herman Merivale Esqre &c &c &c
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
A copy of the Consuls letter might be sent to the Board of Trade? L[ithographed] F[orm].
VJ 18 Decr
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Bd of Trade.
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The Board of Trade have recd a Copy of the Consuls letter fromManuscript image the Foreign Office. See 13147.
VJ 24 Decr
See 13147.
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Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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B.T. Nicolas, Acting Consul General, Woahoo, to Malmesbury, 7 October 1858, describing the general effect of making Victoria a free port.