Young to Rogers (Permanent Under-Secretary)
Walmer, Kent
21st October 1864
I have had the honor of receiving your letter of yesterday's date, apprizing me, by direction of Mr Secretary Cardwell, of a representation made by the Governor of Vancouver's Island, to the effect that it is reported I am seeking employment in this Country, which will cause my relinquishment of the Office I hold in the Colony; and, therefore, requesting me, at my earliest convenience, to inform the Secretary ofStateManuscript image State of my intentions on this point.
2. In reference thereto I beg to express my thanks to Mr Secretary Cardwell, for thus affording me the opportunity of stating, in contradiction of such reports, that I am not seeking, and that I have not sought, any employment which would cause me to relinquish the Office that I have the honor to hold in the Colony: and in support of this I would mention that, since my arrival in England, I was offered an appointment, equal if not superior, so far as mere emolument is concerned, to that of Colonial Secretary of Vancouver's Island, and that I declined the same, preferringtoManuscript image to identify my fortunes with the prospective advantages which, I believe, may, without presumption, be contemplated by those who faithfully fulfil their trust while employed in the Civil Service of the Colonies.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient
and humble Servant
William A.G. Young
Colonial Secretary of
Vancouver's Island

Sir Frederic Rogers Bart
Under Secretary of State
for the Colonial Department
&c &c &c
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
Inform the Governor.
ABd 22 Octr
TFE 22/10
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Draft, Cardwell to Kennedy, No. 48, 24 October 1864, informing Kennedy that Young will not accept any employment that will obligate him to leave his position at Vancouver Island.