Despatch from Right Hon. Edward Cardwell to Lieutenant Governor Arthur Gordon (4 August 1865)


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Date: 1865-08-04
By: Edward Cardwell
Citation: Despatch from Right Hon. Edward Cardwell to Lieutenant Governor Arthur Gordon (4 August 1865) in Journal of the Legislative Council of the Province of New Brunswick (1866).
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Downing Street, 4th August, 1865.

SIR,—I have received your Despatch of the 15th July, in answer to mine of the 24th June.

It might, perhaps, have been well, that that portion of the Executive Council who are in New Brunswick, should have allowed the communication made to the Colony by Her Majesty’s Government to be generally known and considered before they returned so decided a reply.

The first paragraph of the Minute seems to me to require no other notice than the observation that my Despatch enclosed for the information of the Legislature of New Brunswick the record of what had passed between Her Majesty’s Government and the Ministers of Canada on the subject of confederation ; and it was therefore impossible for any one to misunderstand the reference, or to suppose that it applied to another and a different scheme.

Notwithstanding therefore your Despatch and its enclosures, I still confidently anticipate that the serious consideration of the Province of New Brunswick will be given to the earnest and friendly suggestions which, on the part of Her Majesty’s Government, it has been my duty to convey to them through you.

I have, &c. (Signed) EDWARD CARDWELL.

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