No. 5
9 February 1859
I have duly received your Despatch of the 5th October last No 27, acknowledging receipt of my Despatch of the 13th August No 33, enclosing copies of correspondence with the House of Assembly of Vancouver's Island and conveying to me your sentimentsManuscript imagesentiments respecting the faulty state of the Prison, and trusting that measures might be carried out to remedy the evil.
2. The subject is one which has caused me much thought and uneasiness, and it has weighed heavily upon me from the fact of my being powerless for want of means to effect a change. However as I feel now well assured from the tenor of your Despatch, of the assistance of Her Majesty's Government, I have taken immediate steps to give effectManuscript imageeffect to my own wishes in the matter, and I shall forthwith cause a Prison to be constructed, and accommodation provided for Prisoners that I trust will result in a report of a very different character from that to which you refer, and which I sincerely regret there should ever have been occasion to frame.
I have etc.
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Put by.
ABd 30/3
But what does he mean by saying that he is convinced from the tenor of Sir E.L's despatch that he will have the "assistance of HM's Govt"? Not pecuniary assistance surely. There is nothing of the kind hinted at. Better leave it [as] above perhaps.
HM Mh 30
C Mch 31
No—reply sternly. No assistance from imperial funds. I suspect Govr Douglas must go very soon—in that he is a mere jobber.
EBL 4 April
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Draft reply, Lytton to Douglas, No. 44, 6 April 1859.