No. 56
3 December 1862
I have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your Despatch of the 24h September last marked "Separate" calling my attention to the occasional omission in the Colonial enactments sent home by this Government, of the marginal abstracts required by establishedrule,Manuscript image rule to facilitate their examination.
2. The cost of printing in this Colony is very great, and I find that with the view to economize as much as possible, the practice of placing the abstract of the clause over the clause, instead of in the margin, was introduced. I will, however, take care that in future the established rule be strictly adhered to.
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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ABd 31 Jany
TFE 31 Jan[uar]y
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Answer that it is perfectly immaterial whether the running summary of V.C.I. Acts is printed at the head of the separate clauses or in the margin—but point out to Govr Douglas that in many of the V.C.I. Acts it is not inserted either in the one place or in the other.
Draft at once.
At once.
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 5, 12 February 1863, questioning Douglas's explanation for not including the abstracts for legislation forwarded to the Colonial office and pointing out that the problem was not where the abstracts were located on the page, but that they were not included at all.