Higgins to Newcastle
Shepton Mallet
My Lord Duke
Can Your Grace give me any information with regard to the British Colony at Vancouvers Island. I am a practical farmer [number off file] Years of age unmarried, with about £2,000 of available capital Manuscript imageand would emigrate if I could see my way clearly.
If your Grace would kindly give a few reliable facts with regard to the above Colony they would be of the greatest importance to
Your Grace's most humble Servant
John Higgins

To His Grace The Duke of Newcastle
Secretary of State for the Colonies
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Send the writer a copy of the Colonization Circular and of the enclosed Report on the Nanaimo District.
The E. Commissrs Report on the Governors Land Regulations is in circulation—any rules which may be decided upon as to the disposal of Land should be Communicated to the writer?
HT Irving 2 Dec
TFE 2 Dec
Annex dt.
HM D 6
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Draft, Merivale to Higgins, 28 December 1859, forwarding information on Vancouver Island, as per request.
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Elliot
I have delayed this draft, because the Govrs Despatch containing the Land Regulations & the Commissrs Report on them were in circulation. They have not yet returned to the Depart nor have they been acted on.
I therefore now submit the Draft. The upset price is that which was recommended by the E. Commrs, being the same as in B. Columbia?
Have modified the terms with a view to being safe in our statement.
TFE 20/12