No. 17
22 May 1863
My Lord Duke,
I have the honor to report to you that I have granted Three Months leave of absence on Medical Certificate to Mr George Hunter Cary, the Attorney General of this Colony.  
2. I have provisionally appointed
Mr David Babington Ring, the Senior Barrister in this Colony to act as Attorney General during the absence of Mr Cary.  
3. I enclose herewith the requisite Certificate according to the Regulations of the Colonial Service.  
I have the honor to be
My Lord Duke
Your Graces most obedient
and humble Servant
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
Acke receipt.  
15 July
At once.  
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
  • Certificate granting three months leave of absence to Cary, no date, signed by Douglas.  
  • Statement certifying that Cary "has received full salary at the rate of $1450 per annum as Attorney General up to the 30th April 1863," no date, signed by A. Watson, Colonial Treasurer.  
  • Statement describing Cary's past service and the terms of the above noted leave, no date, signed by Douglas.  
  • Medical Certificate advising that Cary "is suffering from general nervous debility and that change of air and scene is necessary for his restoration," 14 May 1863, signed by J.S. Helmcken, M.R.C.S., L.A.C.  
Other documents included in the file
  • Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 29, 22 July 1863.  
Despatch to London:
Douglas to Newcastle, 22 May 1863, National Archives of the UK, 6923, CO 305/20. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871. Ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed 18 June 2018. 

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