4304. Vancouvers Island

"Patronage" 
6 Hasns Terrace
Douglas, Isle of Man
May 15th 1849
Sir/
With reference to the Command with which I was lately
Ansd 24 May/49 
entrusted in the Hudson's Bay Territory, and to the intention announced in some of the Publick Prints, of Her Majesty's Government to apportion one or more Companies of Enrolled Pensioners for Service in Vancouver's Island, as at the Red River Settlement in Rupert's Land, I venture to solicit your good offices to bring my name under the notice of Earl Grey, in the event of the Governor of Vancouver's Island being appointed under similar Circumstances, to those attending the appointment of Major Caldwell, to that of Assiniboia, Red River 〜 
I have the honor to be
Sir/
Your very Obedient
humble Servant
John Griffiths
Major 6th foot
late in Command
of Her Majesty's Troops
Hudson's Bay.

B Hawes Esqre M P
&c &c &c
Minutes by CO staff
Mr Merivale.
The ansr, I apprehend, is that this appointedment has been already bestowed on Mr Douglas
ABd
17/5
HM
May 17
M 18
BH
I believe nothing has yet been settled as to sendg out a Co. of Pensioners — as well as I remember this was only to be done in the event of the H.B.Co agreeing to bear the expense? —  
G.
18
Mr Smith
Do you know anything about these Pensioners?. I do not. 
ABd
21/5
Mr Blackwood
Nothing is known to me upon this subject.  
PS
21 May
Other documents included in the file
  • Draft, Colonial Office to Griffiths, 24 May 1849, advising that they had no opportunity at present of employing him as commander of enrolled pensioners at Vancouver Island
  • A note must be made of the applicatn in case another Co. of Pensioners shd be sent to any colony 
    G.
 
Footnotes
  1. This addressee information appears at the foot of the first page of the despatch.
  2. This text runs perpendicular to main body text; see image scan.
Correspondence (private letter):
Griffiths to Hawes (Parliamentary Under-Secretary), 15 May 1849, National Archives of the UK, 4304, CO 305/2. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871. Ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria: University of Victoria. http://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/getDoc.htm?id=V496G01.scx. Accessed 18 November 2017. 

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