Trevelyan to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
Treasury Chambers
2 November 1858
I am directed by the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury to acquaint you, for the information of Sir E.B. Lytton with reference to his letter of the 19th Ultimo, 1 that My Lords have authorized the Commissioners of Inland Revenue to repay to Mr P. Smith, Chief Clerk in the Colonial Office, the sums of £75, being the Stamp Duty on the Letters Patent, dated the 2nd September 1858, for erecting British Columbia into a Colony and appointing James Douglas Esqr to be Governor thereof, and £50 being the Stamp Duty on a Warrant appointing Mr Begbie to be Judge of the Colony.
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My Lords have also authorized the Paymaster General to pay to Mr P. Smith the sum of £39.17.4, in repayment of the advance made by him on account of the expenses of issuing the above Letters Patent, charging the amount to Civil Contingencies.
I am etc.
C.E. Trevelyan
Minutes by CO staff
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These sums recd by Messr Coutts 2 & carried to Mr Smith's public account. Put by. by. 3
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Amt recd by Messr Coutts—carried to account
5 Nov £39.17.4
9  " 75. 0.0
 "  " 25. 0.0
Put by.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft, Colonial Office to Treasury, 19 October 1858, submitting statement of expenses incurred for issuing Letters Patent appointing Douglas and Begbie, payable by the Colonial Office because of the exceptional circumstances surrounding the appointments.

Minutes by CO staff
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[Minute on above:]
Before assenting to this draft I would ask whether we might not ask the officer to remit the fees? If this be contrary to all practice, then the draft may stand.
EBL Oct 13
  1. A draft of this letter is included in this file, below.
  2. = Stamp Tax Messr. Coutts and Company were bankers with offices at 59 Strand, London.
  3. These minutes follow a blank page and duplicate the minutes on the signature page, except that the sums are included.
People in this document

Begbie, Matthew Baillie

Douglas, James

Halksworth, William

Lytton, Edward George Earle Bulwer

Merivale, Herman

Smith, Peter

Trevelyan, Charles Edward

Organizations in this document

Colonial Office


Places in this document

British Columbia