No. 4
12th May 1864
I have received Sir James Douglas's Despatch No. 4 of the 3rd of March enclosing a copy of a Resolution passed by the Legislative Assembly of Vancouver Island representing the necessity of appointing a Barrister from this country to fill the Office of Chief Justice,andManuscript image and stating that the House would be prepared to vote a pension of five hundred pounds (£500) per annum to the present Chief Justice.
The arrangement which the House of Assembly desire to effect is one which appears to be very well worthy of adoption, but I cannot propose to any Member of the Bar of England to go to Vancouver Island until I have themeansManuscript image means of giving him a sufficient assurance that his Office will have the independent and permanent character which is on public grounds so desirable but which the Laws now in force do not confer.
I have the honor to be
Your obedient servant
Edward Cardwell
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Cardwell, Edward to Kennedy, Arthur 12 May 1864, NAC RG7:G8C/04, 83. 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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