Crofton to Elliot [Assistant Under-Secretary]
2 November 1861
I have laid before the Secretary of State for War your letter of the 14th Ulto forwarding two despatches from the Governor of Vancouver Island requesting that 500 more Rifles may be supplied for the use of the Colonial Volunteer Corps, and two Field Batteries, with ammunition &c, complete.
In reply Sir George LewisdesiresManuscript image desires me to observe that, as it appears from the Governor's Despatch of the 8th August, that the total strength of the Volunteer Force is not more than about 350 men, and that there is not among them any trained to the use of Artillery, the 500 Rifles already supplied would seem to be sufficient for all the present requirements of the Colony.
Under these circumstances,theManuscript image the Secretary of State must decline to comply with either of the Governor's request[s].
I have etc.
J. Crofton
M. General
In absence of Sir E. Lugard
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Transmit a Copy of this letter to the Govr as the decision of the War office?
VJ 5 Novr
TFE 5/11
I suppose so, but considering the distance before any arms can be sent when men are raised & trained I cannot consider this a wise decision.
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