Copies of outward letters were not as a rule filed with the inward. This applies to the general correspondence records until 1841. Apart from the Lieutenant-Governor's and the Colonial Secretary's minutes of instruction on the inward letters, in a large number of cases, and particularly when the reply was considered of more than normal importance, the outward letters were copied into letterbooks. This series of general letterbooks was the only one kept until c.May, 1826, when the differentiation described in the Introductory Note to this Part was made. The letters in these letterbooks after that time were re-entered in the appropriate letterbooks, see CSO 36, CSO 37, CSO 38, CSO 43, CSO 44, CSO 45, CSO 47, CSO 84. Each of the volumes in this series except the first has its own index, with entries under the names of individuals and officials, and sub-entries if there is more than one letter.
These records are part of the holdings of the Tasmanian Archives