No. 8
1st June 1864
It has been brought to my notice that a Bill is now passing through the House of Assembly of Vancouver Island by which certain exclusive rights are granted to an American Telegraph Company who are about to construct a line from San Francisco.
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I enclose for your information a copy of a Parliamentary Paper from which you will learn that the policy of the Imperial Government is directly opposed to the grant of any monoply of Telegraphic communication, and I have therefore to instruct you to withhold your assent from any BillgrantingManuscript image granting such a monoply unless it contains a clause suspending it's operation until Her Majesty's Pleasure be made known.
I am of opinion that it is most improbable that such law would receive Her Majesty's approval, or, if passed without a suspending clause, beallowedManuscript image allowed to remain in operation.
I have the honor to be
Your obedient servant
Edward Cardwell
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Copies or extracts of correspondence between the Secretary of State and North American colonies on the subject of telegraphic communication, 18 June 1858, (38 pages).
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