7 December 1858
I have to acquaint you that the Queen has been graciously pleased to confer upon you the distinction of a Companion of the Order of the Bath.
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In recommending you for that mark of Royal Favor I have felt that it was only due to you that your successful administration of the Govt. of Vancouver's Island should not pass unnoticed, and I beg leave to assure you that in installing you in your new and more difficult Govt of British Columbia, I have personally felt much gratification from HMs condescension in publicly marking your previous services with Her Royal approbation.
I have etc.
E.B. Lytton