members of your said Executive Council, provided nevertheless that in any such case you do fully report to Us by the first convenient opportunity every such proceeding with the grounds and reasons thereof. . . .
MAURITIUS: LORD LIVERPOOL TO GOVERNOR ROBERT FARQUHAR, 14 February 18121
. . .The discretion which is given to the Governors of all colonial possessions in the expenditure of the public money is very limited; it extends only to those cases wherein the public interests would be prejudiced by the delay of applying for authority from the Government at home. In all other instances that authority must be indispensably required. . . .
MAURITIUS: LORD GODERICH TO GOVERNOR SIR WILLIAM NICOLAY, 6 November 18322
. . . In the various measures which, since my accession to office, His Majesty has been graciously pleased to adopt for improving the social institutions of the colony, one difficulty has continually recurred. It has been necessary to reconcile by the best practicable compromise, the conflicting claims of the privileged class on the one hand to an enlargement of their franchises, and of the slaves on the other, to their personal freedom. But when, as in the case of Mauritius, a large proportion of the whole population are absolutely excluded from all participation in the civil franchises of the remaining part, those franchises do not merely answer their legitimate object of preventing the encroachments of the Government, but too frequently become the most effectual obstacle to the success of every effort which the Government may make for improving the condition of the degraded majority. Inestimable as the use of such privileges may be, when invoked by those who enjoy them in defence of their property, the proprietary title which is thus protected is nothing else than the right of exacting from the great mass of the people, under the impulse____________________