No. 17
5 July 1864
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch No. 23 of the 15th of May, enclosing a copy of a letter addressed to Mr. Young by Sir James Douglas, granting that gentleman leave of absence for 12 months.
I have also received your Predecessor's Despatch marked Separate of the 14th of March,informingManuscript image informing that this leave had been granted to the Colonial Secretary with the concurrence of the Executive Council, but before conveying to you my final approval of this step, I should wish to know whether the absence of Mr. Young from his duties, for the whole period for which the leave has been granted, would subject you to any serious inconvenience.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient
humble servant
Edward Cardwell