No. 223
19 October 1859
My Lord Duke,
I have the honor to enclose herewith for your Grace's consideration and instructions, the Copy of a letter from Colonel Moody forwarding an application from Captain Lempriere of the Royal Engineers, requesting to be allowed the same rate of pay as the other officers of that rank servingManuscript imageserving in British Columbia in consequence of his promotion.
I have etc.
James Douglas
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Mr Merivale
3 captains and 2 subalterns of the Royal Engineers accompanied the party under Colonel Moody. Lieut Lempriere one of the subalterns, having got his promotion applies for the extra pay of a captian, vizt £350 per ann: instead of £250.
There can be no reason for increasing the number of Captains in proportion to that of Subalterns and Captain Lempriere should come home? If so might this not afford an opportunity of diminishing the cost of the party by not appointing another officer in Captain Ls place at any rate till Colonel Moody reports that it Manuscript imageis necessary that one should be sent out.
If this view is adopted the War Office should be requested to recall Captain Lempriere, and the Governor informed that this had been done. The Governor should at the same time be authorized to pay Capt. Lempriere the higher rate of extra pay since the date of his promotion?
HT Irving 19 Dec
I think so.
HM D 20
CF 20
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Draft, Colonial Office to Under-Secretary, War Office, 5 January 1860, forwarding copy of the despatch for consideration.
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Mr Merivale
It may be better to defer writing to the Governor till this letter is answered, as the War Office may suggest some military objection to leaving the corps with only one subaltern officer.
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 7, 3 February 1860.
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Moody to Douglas, 14 September 1859, forwarding letter as noted below.
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Captain Lempriere, R.E., to Moody, 5 September 1859, requesting an increase in pay.
Douglas, James to Pelham-Clinton, Henry Pelham Fiennes 19 October 1859, CO 60:5, no. 12498, 165. 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/B59223.html.

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