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His Excellency

Governor General

Sir W. T. Denison K.C.B.

&c. &c. &c.

the several districts, but also of the
chief interest of this Colony.

I have &c.

Signature / G. F. Bowen

No. 16

Government House,

Brisbane, Queensland

11th March, 1860.


I had the honor yesterday
to receive your letter of the 27th Ultimo.
According to your desire, I enclose herewith,
a duplicate of my previous communication
of the 13th Ult.

2. The Government of
Queensland tenders you its acknowledge-
ments for the courteous readiness with
which you have met its wishes, and
for the promptitude of your preparations
to send a detachment of Her Majesty's
Troops under your command to aid
in the protection of this Colony.

3. Since I last had the
honor of addressing you on this
subject, intelligence of a threatening
nature has been received from New
. I, therefore, hasten to state,
that should it be inconvenient, under
existing circumstances, to supply a
detachment of the strength originally
proposed (that is, two officers and
fifty men,) this Government will
endeavour to make half that force
(viz: one officer and twenty-five men,)
meet, for the present, the requirements of



4. As yet, the City of Brisbane,
the seat of Government of this Colony,
containing a large amount of British
property in its banks and warehouses,
is totally unprotected; and could
be sacked or laid under contribution,
by the boats of a single Man of War,
or even of a single privateer.

5. I have enrolled here a
small volunteer force, on the plan
adopoted at Melbourne, under the
sanction or Governor Sir Henry Barkly.
But it is hopeless that our two
Companies of volunteers can be
rendered effective, without a small
nucleus of regular soldiers, a few
of whom could be selected by their
Commanding Officer to receive additional
pay as instructors in drill and
rifle-practice to the local force.
Moreover, in addition to the sense
of security afforded, the presence of
a detachment, however small, of
Her Majesty's Troops tends to foster
a sentiment of loyalty - and what
may be called the Imperial feeling,
in a new Colony.

6. As Queensland, unlike most other
settlements at their first
commencement, has caused no
expenditure whatsover to the
Mother-Country; and as its annual
exports and imports chiefly to and
from the United Kingdom, already
amount in value to above a
million of pounds sterling, and
are rapidly increasing, the Government

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