No. 19
Downing Street
12 April 1860
I forward to you herewith copy of a letter which I have received from the Office of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty and of the answer which I have directed to be returned to it.
I regret that you should have felt any doubt about communicating to the Admiral myManuscript imagemy instructions in a matter of so much importance to the concert of the proper Military and Naval measures to be taken in a critical emergency, and hearing upon decisions which have to be taken by the Naval Commander in Chief. You will understand that it is your duty to furnish him with a copy of the same for his information as well as to communicate with him unreservedly on all matters requiringManuscript imagerequiring the cooperation of the force under his order.
I have etc.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Elliot to [Secretary to the Admiralty], 14 April 1860, repying to W.G. Romaine's letter of 19 March and indicating Douglas would be instructed "to communicate unreservedly to the Admiral copies of such despatches as may be necessary for that officer's performance of duties which are obviously part of his functions."
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Romaine to Merivale, 19 March 1860.