Letter from Lachlan McCallum to Sir John A. Macdonald, 24 July 1889
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AbstractA letter written by Lachlan McCallum to Sir John A. Macdonald reads: "Yours of the 19th inst. is at hand. Contents noted. In reply would say that I admit that I have written (strongly) to you on the question of the investigation that is to take place on the Welland Canal and I probably should not question your opinion on the spirit of British Justice or the mode of conducting the Investigation as you are responsible and not your (humble servant).
But when you say that I express an opinion that the men serving under Messes Ellis...will not state the truth under oath you do me an injustice when you write me so you are stating allow me to say what I have never expressed. I am (bound) to believe that every man will tell the truth under oath. I have said that I did not trust that if Messes Ellis & Demare is left in charge that the investigation will get at the facts and I am of the same opinion yet but not unjust to any one by saying so. I have not expressed the opinion that the (employs) on the Welland Canal or elsewhere will not......evidence under oath.
Is it to be...that the witnesses that will be required for the investigation will be on hand when wanted and come (forward) and volunteering tell what they know about canal management. It think it is more than can be expected under the circumstances.
I am bound to believe what you state that you are acting from a (strict) sense of what you think (proper) and from no other feeling at the same time allow me to state to you that I no......interest to (serve) and no feeling to (gratify) but the interest of public justice and good government."