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Original Documents on Aborigines and Law, 1797-1840

Document 106

Original Document 106

Letter from Sec. of State to Mr Justice Burton on the aborigines. 17 Aug 1839[1] 


Downing Street

17th August 1839



I am directed by the Marquis of Normanby to transmit to you the Copy of a Communication from the Committee of the Aborigines Protection Society urging that the natives in the Australian Colonies[2]  [794]should be admitted to give evidence in the Courts of Law, and I am to request that you will State, for his Lordships information, whether in point of fact any objection has ever been made to admit the evidence of the aborigines in the Courts of New South Wales and if so, in what manner you [795] conceive that defect in the administration of Justice could be most properly remedied.

I am


Your most Obedient

Humble Servant




Letter of [?]

to Mr Justice Burton

17th Aug 1839

No 106


[1] We would like to thank volunteer Steve Salter for his meticulous transcription and presentation of the above document.

[2] At the end of this page appears "John Burton Esq".

Published by the Centre for Comparative Law History and Governance of Macquarie University, and State Records NSW