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Acknowledges letters; sale of wool on behalf of Australian Agricultural Company; doubts if Melbourne society will suit Macarthur; plans of Walter Leslie and Christopher Rolleston to return to Australia.
Departure of Walter Leslie for Sydney; Crimean War; Macarthur's accounts; doubts that Macarthur will like Melbourne as much as Sydney; proposed travels in Europe; market for New South Wales wool.
Sends despatch from Secretary of State on reduced provision for pay and allowances for military forces in Australia; requests copy of Macarthur's despatch to Secretary for War.
Sends letter received from War Office on pay and allowances for forces in the colony. (copy)
Despatch from Macarthur on payment of troops in Victoria; seeks views of Secretary of State. (copy)
Despatch from Macarthur; Lord Panmure cannot justify expenditure which amounts to treble the regulated rate. (copy)
Functions and sphere of influence of headquarters staff stationed in Melbourne; transfer of headquarters from Sydney to Melbourne in 1854; financial arrangements. (copy)
The bulk of the letterbook consists of copies of despatches from Macarthur, as acting Governor of Victoria, to Henry Labouchere, the Secretary of State for the Colonies. They deal with the death of Sir Charles Hotham; the formation of the Haines Ministry; elections for the new Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council; Macarthur's report on 'the remarkable progress of Victoria under a form of government that has now completed its natural course' (21 March 1856); the influx of Tasmanian convicts into Victoria; preparations for the new Parliament; Victorian objections to the renewal of convict transportation; the opening of Parliament (Nov. 1856); payment of troops serving in Victoria; the appointment and arrival of Sir Henry Barkly; the question of a knighthood or other honour for Macarthur...