Hicks to Lytton
Victoria College
South [Brent?]
Weston Supermare
19 Jany 1859 To the Right Honourable Sir E. B. Litton [Lytton] Bart. Secretary of State for Her Majesty's Colonies

Hone Sir
I beg respectfully to ask the favour of your informing me if you have received a memorial in favour of Mr William Burington [Burlington] Smith. Mr T. Allen of Burnham was intrusted with that Document to foreward to you through one of our County Members but that Gentleman informed me he sent it direct to you. It was to request the favour of your kind assistance to procure for him the Situation of Collector of Customs or Post Master at Victoria Vancouvers Island, North America. The Memorial was signed by eight very respectable Gentlemen well known to Wm Miles Esqe M.P. I am Personaly aquainted with Mr Smith and can recommend him to you as a clever, interesting Talented Man, who is capable of Manuscript imagerendering valuable assistance to the Government of this Country, in assisting the management of the Colony of Vancouvers Island, he is now a resident in Government Street, Victoria Vancouvers Island North America.
If your Honour will favour me with a Line on the subject you will much Oblige
your Obedient Servant
Henry Hicks
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
Inform the Writer of the substance of the answer returned to the Memorial in favor of Mr Smith.
VJ 21 Jan
Annex dt.
HM Jan 21
Other documents included in the file
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Draft, Carnarvon to Hicks, 26 January 1859, advising the memorial had been received, but that it was not possible to offer any situation to Smith. At present, there was no need for a Post Master in Vancouver Island.