Hamilton to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
Treasury Chambers
27 April 1861
In reply to your letter of the 23d ult. I am directed by the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury to acquaint you, for the information of the Duke of Newcastle, that it appears to their Lordships that the Clause of the Royal Instructions which has suggested a doubt to the Governor of Vancouver's Island in regard to the power of the Colonial Government to contract debt without . . . the previous sanction of Her Majestys Government, has reference to the issue of Paper Money and Letters of Credit as a Legal Tender, as would appear from the preliminary words inserted in the ClausehavingManuscript image having reference to the Acts of 4 Geo 3 Cap 34 and 13 Geo 3d Cap 57.
With regard to the Victoria Harbour Act 1860, to raise a Loan of £10,000 for the improvement of the Harbour. Their Lordships see no objection to its confirmation, provided that the Lords of the Committee of Privy Council for Trade do not object to the charges to be imposed upon the shipping.
I am etc.
Geo. A. Hamilton
Minutes by CO staff
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Sir F. Rogers
See 3041.
Leave the Act to its operation—& write Governor as proposed on 2033.
ABd 29 Apl