Despatch from Right Hon. Edward Cardwell to Lieutenant Governor Arthur Gordon (10 December 1864)
By: Edward Cardwell
Citation: Despatch from Right Hon. Edward Cardwell to Lieutenant Governor Arthur Gordon (10 December 1864) in Journal of the Legislative Council of the Province of New Brunswick (1865).
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Downing Street, 10th December, 1864.
Sir,—I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Despatch, marked Separate, of the 21st of November last, furnishing me with a Report on. the past and present condition of the Militia and Volunteers of New Brunswick.
It is with great satisfaction that I perceive that this important subject bas occupied, and continues to occupy so much of your care and thought, and that the condition of the Local forces has so much improved since your assumption of the Government of the Province.
Although the difficulties with which you have had to contend in the organization and discipline of the Militia, no doubt, exist as fully as you have represented them, till it must be borne in mind that self defence is the first duty of every free people.
I shall await with interest the new scheme for the training of the Militia, which you inform me it is you immediate intention to propose to your advisers.
I have, &c. (Signed) EDWARD CARDWELL.