Godley to Elliot (Assistant Under-Secretary)
7 December 1858
With reference to your letter of 22nd ultimo; 1 I am directed by Secretary Major General Peel to acquaint you, for the information of Secretary Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, that the Officers and Men composing the Detachment of Troops despatched to British Columbia have not ceased to receive pay from this Department. The Secretary of State, however, has made arrangements for ultimately charging to the Funds provided for the purpose by the Treasury as intimated in Mr Merivale's letter of 18 August 1858, 2 all expenses connected with this expedition which come under the cognizance of this Office from the dates of Embarkation.
A return shewing those dates is enclosed.
I have etc.
J.R. Godley
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
There has been a good deal of confusion with respect to the Pay andManuscript image Allowances to the Officers & Men of the Expedition. The War Office in this letter refer to the Regimental Pay, whereas we in our letter of the 22 Novr (attached to 11407) 3 referred to the extra or working Pay. I have arranged with Mr Talbot that another letter should be written & I annex a draft accordingly?
VJ 10 Decr
HM D 10
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Statement of embarkation dates of the various detachments of the Royal Engineers troops despatched to British Columbia.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft, Merivale to Under-Secretary, War Office, 15 December 1858, advising that his letter of 22 November referred to extra pay and allowances rather than regimental pay.