Downing Street
8 December 1862
I beg to call your attention to Article 71 of the Colonial Rules and Regulations. I have not received from you the Confidential Reports on the characters and qualifications of public servants and Candidates for employmentandManuscript image and promotion which are called for by that Article.
I have to point out that the omission to make this Report may materially injure the interests of the deserving Civil Servants and Candidates from employment of the Colony within your Government, whilst at the same time it limits my means ofprovidingManuscript image providing for the due execution of public dutites.
It will be desirable that the age and state of health of the Candidates should be specified in the Report, as they are points which it is important that the Secretary of State should be acquainted with.
I have the honor to be
Your obedient Servant

Pelham-Clinton, Henry Pelham Fiennes to Douglas, James 8 December 1862, NAC RG7:G8C/3, 157. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria.

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