Hamley to Lytton
Government Emigration Board,
Park Street, Westminster
10 Septr 1858
Dear Sir,
If the appointment in question should be at your disposal and you have the great kindness to offer it to me I will gratefully accept it. I would not think ofManuscript image doing so if I felt doubtful of being able to discharge the duties, but besides the determination to carry out the instructions I might receive I cannot be altogether unprepared after so long an apprenticeship at this office where questions respecting shipping & accountsManuscript image daily arise.
I could be ready to leave at a short notice. Please accept my most sincere thanks & believe me
Truly yours
W. Hamley
Minutes by CO staff
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Collector of Customs B. Col. I approve this apptment.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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S. Walcott, Emigration Board, to Hamley, 14 August 1858, testimonial to Hamley's standard of work over the past seven years.
Minutes by CO staff
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To Mr Blackwood
If Mr Cooper does not do for Collector of Customs I should like Mr Hamley.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Frederick Rogers, Emigration Board, to [Colonial Office], 31 August 1858, relaying Walcott's high opinion of Hamley's work, expressed verbally to Rogers.

Minutes by CO staff
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[Minute on above:]
Attach to Mr Hamley's Letter. 9345. 1
ABd 11 Sepr
C Sep 14
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Mr Merivale
You will observe that Sir Edward Lytton confers the appointment of Collector of Customs at B. Columbia (Is it to be in combination with a similar office at V. Couver's Island—or should that point be left to future events to decide?) on Mr Hamley.
For the sake of convenience in our records I will mention thatManuscript image this gentleman has been for many years in the Land and Emigration Office, and, as I understand, Sir Edward, Mr Murdoch—Chairman of that Board—is of opinion that he is qualified for the apptment.
I suppose an official Letter shd be addressed to Mr Hamley telling him of this decision in his favor.
If we cannot get him a passage in the "Thames City" freight-shipManuscript image he must have the usual allowance of passage money.
Acquaint the Governor.
ABd 11 Sepr 58
P.S. I have just observed that in the despatch from Governor Douglas of the 26 July, No 31, 2 received yesterday mention is made of the apptment of a Mr Bevis to the post of Revenue Officer—but Sir Edward is of opinion that this gentleman is probably an adherent of the Hudson's Bay CompanyManuscript imageand that as he has intimated to the Governor that a Collector of Customs would be sent from England this nomination of Mr Hamley had better stand.
ABd 11 Sepr
We secured three berths for civilians on the Thames City & only one is promised as yet, viz to the Missionary chaplain of the S.P.G. Mr Hamley might therefore be accom[m]odated. Write to the Govr?
C Sep 11
Appoint Mr Hamley officially, beg him to go in the berth secured. Write to the Govr.
EBL Sept 13
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Draft, Carnarvon to Hamley, 14 September 1858, confirming his appointment at a salary of £400 a year and advising passage would be provided on the Thames City.
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Draft, Carnarvon to Secretary to the Admiralty, 14 September 1858, requesting passage for Hamley on the Thames City.
Minutes by CO staff
Lt Colonel Hamley stated to me that he had seen Sir Ed: Lytton who
wished his brother to sail in this Vessel if a passage could be secured for him.
It has been ascertained privately that he can have a passage in the "Thames City."
Hamley, Wymond Ogilvy to Lytton, Edward George Earle Bulwer 10 September 1858, CO 60:3, no. 9345, 143. 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/B586H03.html.

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