Trevelyan to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
Treasury Chambers
22 September 1858
I am desired by the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury to transmit, for the consideration of Secretary Sir E.B. Lytton, the enclosed copy of a Report from the Commissioners of Customs, dated the 7th Septr/58 on the subject of the appointment of Officers of Customs in British Columbia.
I am etc.
C.E. Trevelyan
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
I have no doubt that the experience of some of these Gentlemen would be very valuable in B. Columbia, & elsewhere, but I fear there is, at present, no oppy of employing them. There is already a Collector of Customs in V. Couver's Isd; & a corresponding office has been latelyManuscript image created in B. Columbia. I should almost think one Collector of Customs was abundant there for the present, & until we shall have heard further from the Governor.
ABd 23 Sepr
Answer that the Secy of State has no appointments at present in view, but will have these applications in mind?
HM S 24
Annex draft.
C S 25
Other documents included in the file
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Draft, Colonial Office to Trevelyan, 1 October 1858, advising that Lytton did not expect to make any customs appointments but would bear the applications in mind.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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S.E. Spring Rice & F. Goulburn, Custom House, to Treasury, 7 September 1858, reporting receipt of applications from colonial customs officers whose jobs had recently been abolished and who wished for re-employment in British Columbia.