Janion to Cardwell
26th January 1866
I have the honor to enclose herewith for your perusal an extract from a private letter addressed to me by Mr Henry Rhodes, a member of the Legislative Council at Victoria, Vancouver Island, and my partner there on the subject of the Memorial from the residents of that port to you transmitted by his Excellency the Governor, embodying their views on the desirability of a Union of that Colony with British Columbia and of retaining Victoria as a Free port.
I take this step because I think it desirable that you should know the private sentiments of a gentleman greatly trusted by his fellow residents at Victoria, and who along with them has invested large sums there undertheManuscript image the belief that Victoria would remain a free Port.
I take this opportunity of enclosing a letter of introduction to you given to me by my late lamented friend Mr Walter MacGregor which I did not deliver then as I felt it would be only occupying your valuable time to no purpose.
I have the honor to remain,
Your most obedient Servant
Robt C. Janion

The Right Honble E. Cardwell M.P.
H.M.'s Secretary of State for the Colonies,
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
The Memorial referred to in this letter was received here on the 24h Inst and is now in circulation with a draft answer.
VJ 29 Jan
I should ackge this gentleman's letter.
I should say that the Memorial to which he refers has been duly received, and that in any measure which may hereafter be adopted for the Union of B. Columbia with Vancouver Island, the important interests adverted to by the Memorialists will not fail to be carefully considered.
(This will be just an echo of the answer which is going to themselves.)
TFE 30 Janry
WEF 31/1
EC 2
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Extract, Henry Rhodes to Janion, no date, asking that he support a memorial, already transmitted to the Colonial Office, in favour of union on the condition that Victoria remain a free port, by bringing "some pressure to bear on the Secretary through your friends."
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Walter MacGregor to Cardwell, 17 March 1862, introducing Janion to his notice as a man interested in the "growing wants of the British Colonies in the North Pacific."
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Forster to Janion, 7 February 1866, advising that the sentiments of the memorialists would be duly noticed in any consideration of the union question.