Hamilton to Merivale (Permanent Under-Secretary)
Treasury Chambers
19 September 1859
With further reference to your letter of the 11th Ultimo, I am directed by the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury to transmit herewith Copy of a Report from the Master of the Mint on the Subject of the Establishment of a Government Assay Office and Refinery in British Columbia, and I am to request that you will inform the Duke of Newcastle that the arrangements suggested by the Master of the Mint appear to My Lords to be judicious, and if His Grace should be of the same opinion My Lords will authorize Mr Graham to engage the services of the persons recommended by him on the conditions proposed and to provide the necessary stores &c. Their Lordships consider thatManuscript imagethat the best course to follow in regard to the preliminary expenses will be to advance the sum of £2000, suggested by the Master of the Mint, out of the grant for British Columbia, on the understanding that the amount will be repaid from the Colonial Revenue.
I am etc.
Geo. A. Hamilton
Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
As the Treasury think that the arrangements prepared by the Master of the Mint are judicious it may perhaps be ansd that the Duke of Newcastle Concurs also in them, & would be glad to have them at once carried into effect.
Send the Governor Copy of the correspce in continuation of desph No 22 of 19 Sepr.
ABd 22 Sep
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Draft, Merivale to Hamilton, 30 September 1859, advising Newcastle would recommend authorization of the suggestions made by the master of the mint.
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Thomas Graham, Royal Mint, to Treasury, 9 September 1859, discussing the establishment of an assay office in British Columbia.
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 27, 29 September 1859. [Note: This is misfiled as a Vancouver Island document and appears in CO 305/12, p. 297].