No. 57
26 August 1861
With reference to my Despatch No 51 of the 8th instant, requesting that Your Grace would cause a supply of Rifles and ammunition to be sentoutManuscript image out to arm the Volunteer Rifle Corps which have been lately enrolled in this Colony, I also requested that four Light Field Pieces with their furniture should be sent out at the same time.
Having since writing that Despatch, had the advantage of consulting Colonel Moody on the equipment of the Rifle Corps, I have now to recommend, instead of the four Light Field Pieces therein requested, that Your GracewouldManuscript image would cause to be forwarded, two complete Field Batteries, including the Howitzer in each Battery; being one Battery for each Colony; with a full allowance of ammunition, and harness fitted for the small country breed of horses, which are not over 15 hands.
As the roads are rough and unfinished Six horses will be required for each Gun.
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I have the honor to be
My Lord Duke,
Your Grace's most obedient
and humble Servant
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Include this Desph in the reference to the War Office of the application contained in the Governor's despatch No 51.
ABd 11 Oct
TFE 11/10
N 12
Other documents included in the file
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 74, 9 November 1861, informing Douglas that the War Office has declined his request for artillery.