No. 53
25th September 1865
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch No. 59 of the 18th of July, enclosing copy of a Bill to regulate the payment and application of fees for Marriage Licenses.
So long as Marriage Licenses are issued by theGovernorManuscript image Governor of Vancouver Island in virtue of his commission, the fees receivable on the issue of such Licenses form properly a part of the Crown Revenue. You will not therefore in the present state of affairs be at liberty to assent to a Bill transferring these receipts to the General Revenue of the Colony.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient
humble servant
Edward Cardwell
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