Hamilton to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
Treasury Chambers
5 September 1859
I am directed by the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, to acquaint you that the Paymaster General has been authorized to accept and pay two further Bills, drawn for Military purposes by the Governor of British Columbia, vizt:
No 58 27 June 1859 £2,500
59 8 July " 2,500
£5,000 charging the same for the present, to the Grant for British Columbia.
My Lords apprehend that these Bills are in addition to those mentioned in yourManuscript imageyour Letter of the 12th Ultimo, and request that the Duke of Newcastle will furnish Them with any further information he may have received, to enable Them to direct the charges for Army and Navy Services, to be placed to the proper Account.
Their Lordships trust that the instructions already conveyed to the Governor of British Columbia, will put a stop to the Demands upon British Funds, for expenses connected with the Colony, which should be defrayed from Local Revenue.
I am etc.
Geo. A. Hamilton
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
The Treasury will receive a Letter today, or tomorrow saying that the Governor will be instructed to make out a distinctive statement of the services for which he keeps drawing money upon the British Exchequer. The Treasury have been apprized of the earnest & reiterated injunctions of this Office to the Governor to stop these demands on Home funds. But I fear he cannot obey those orders whilst the Engineers are kept up at their present strength.
It would be well perhaps to send the Governor a copy of this Letter for his information and strict observance of the wishes therein expressed.
ABd 9 Sepr
HM S 9
There is no use in sending the Governor impossible instructions.
CF 9
The news respecting S. Juan (see 8526) afford an additional reason for not withdrawing the Engineers.
N 11
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 26, 28 September 1859, listing the bills that the the Treasury will pay, for a total of £7.490.