THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES TO MR. STUART MOORE.17
22 October, 1923.
Sir,—I am directed by the Duke of Devonshire to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 2nd October, and to state that though the Colonial Office records after the end of the year 1860 are not ordinarily open to public inspection, the Secretary of State has no objection in the circumstances to your inspecting and making copies of any correspondence in the Public Record Office between the Colonial Office and the Canadian Government on the subject mentioned both during and after that year, subject to the understanding that this permission does not extend to any Newfoundland records later than 1860.
2. It may be of assistance however to you to know that though it is the case that the Governor of Canada was asked in a despatch dated 13th April, 1860 (of which a copy is enclosed) for a report by the Canadian Law Officers in connection with the claim to Wood Island, the records of this Department seem to show that no reply was received from the Canadian Government at least up to the end of 1864.
I am, Sir,
Your obedient servent,
17 Copy furnished by Mr. Stuart Moore, 6 King's Bench Walk, Temple, London, England,