Trevelyan to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
Treasury Chambers
17 November 1858
Sir,
With reference to your letter of the 9th Inst; 1 enclosing a letter from Capt Gosset, the Colonial Treasurer of British Columbia, requesting that a Skeleton Gear of a powerful water wheel and the Machinery of a circular Mill, and also a Lithographic press may be sent out to him, I am directed by the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury to acquaint you, for the information of Sir E.B. Lytton, that My Lords will not object to these Articles being supplied for the service of the Expedition to British Columbia, provided that the Cost does not exceed £200, and on theunderstandingManuscript image understanding that the amount will be repaid from Colonial funds.
I am etc.
C.E. Trevelyan
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Elliot
The Agent General has not yet acted in the capacity of Agent for the new Colony of B. Columbia, but I presume that the transaction of any Agency business in connection with it will necessarily devolve on him, and that he should be instructed in the present instanceManuscript image to provide the skeleton gear and Machinery?
VJ 18 N
TFE 19/11
I think so.
C Nov 20
Yes.
EBL Novr 26
NB—private accts represent the rage for B. Columbia as sensibly cooled & land at Vancouver having suddenly fallen to its old level. A bad prospective for [prime-scale?] revenue.
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Draft, Elliot to E. Barnard, Crown Agents, 2 December 1858, forwarding copy of Gosset's letter and instructing him to procure and transmit the articles requested, providing the cost did not exceed £200.
Trevelyan, Charles Edward to Merivale, Herman 17 November 1858, CO 60:2, no. 11799, 295. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. James Hendrickson and the Colonial Despatches project. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/B585TE15.html.

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