No. 139, Military Expenses
16 April 1859
With reference to my previous correspondence upon the subject of the Military Expenses of British Columbia, and the inability at the present moment of the Colony to meet those expenses, I have the honor to forward to youManuscript imageyou herewith the copy of a letter dated the 9th Instant, which I have received from Colonel Moody, making requisition upon me for the sum of Three Thousand Pounds (£3000) to defray Military Expenses already incurred and in connection with works in progress, and in consequence thereof I have issued instructions to the Colonial Treasurer to negociate Bills to this extent upon Her Majesty's Paymaster General, all of which Bills shall be advised to the Paymaster General in due course.
I have etc.
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
These constant bills are serious, but unavoidable. Some military force in the Colony was imperative; & we cd scarcely have sent a less force than we did. Until the Colony could pay itself for that military protection we knew that such bills must be drawn on us.
Recommend to Treasury, but always on Account.
ABd 10 June
HM June 11
C June 13
Other documents included in the file
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Draft, Merivale to G.A. Hamilton, Treasury, 18 June 1859, forwarding copies of despatches 139 and 140 and requesting payment on account, and copy of despatch 141 for information.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Moody to Douglas, 9 April 1859, requesting an advance warrant of £3000 for expenses of the Royal Engineers.