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Original Documents on Aborigines and Law, 1797-1840

Document 64

Original Document 64

Governor's answer to Mr Orton's letter above.

[356] (Copy)

                                                                                    Colonial Secretarys Office [1]

                                                                                                Sydney 7th May 1838

            Reverend Sir

                        Having laid before the Governor your letter of the 3rd Instant, on the subject of Missions to the aboriginal Natives of the Colony contemplated to be established under the auspices of the Wesleyan Missionary Society, I am directed to inform you; that Sir George Gipps is ready to fulfil to the extent of his power the expectations held out to you by Sir Richard Bourke, and that His Excellency will recommend to the Legislative Council an Appropriation of money to the amount requested in your Letter, provided an equal amount be furnished either by the Society or by private Subscription.   With respect to the occupation of Land the Governor will afford every reasonable facility, although he cannot promise an absolute  [357] Grant on Occupation for an unlimited Period.

            His Excellency desires me to add that He will be happy to see you again on this Subject before you leave Sydney .

                                                                        I have the honour to be,

                                                                        Reverend Sir

                                                                                    Your Most Obedient Servant

                                                                                                G. Deas Thomson

  [358]  Governor's answer to


7 th May 1838


No 64


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

[2] Note at bottom of page (addressee): The Reverend J Orton

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