No. 126, Military Expenses
6 April 1859
I have the honor to forward to you herewith the copy of a letter I have received from Colonel Moody commanding the Troops and Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works in British Columbia making requisition upon me for the sum of One Thousand, Five Hundred pounds (£1500) to enable him to defray theManuscript imagethe Military Expenses of the Lands and Works Department, in respect of the Barracks and other expenditure having reference to the quartering and employment of the Troops in British Columbia, and I beg to acquaint you that in consequence of there being no Funds in the Colonial Chest to meet this demand I have been necessitated to draw for the said Sum upon Her Majesty's Paymaster General, who will be advised in due course of the negociation of the Bills.
I have etc.
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
Another Bill from B. Columbia—to be followed, doubtless by others. I fear the Governor has misled us rather in his estimate of the Revenue of the Colony—& that the gold that reaches the Govt in the shape of duty, bears no proportion to the quantity obtained by the Miners.
Copy to T-y, requesting as before that this demand may be paid on account.
ABd 28/May
C May 30
HM May 30
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Draft, Merivale to G.A. Hamilton, Treasury, 7 June 1859, forwarding copy of the despatch and requesting the bills be paid and added to the account of the colony.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Moody to Douglas, 5 April 1859, requesting an advance warrant of £1500 for expenses of the Royal Engineers.