No. 40
21 April 1860
My Lord Duke,
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Grace's despatch No 5 of the 21st January, communicating to me the decision of the Lords Commissoners of the Treasury with respect to fixing Manuscript image fixing the rate of allowance for my travelling expenses when absent from the seat of Government, on official duty, which their Lordships think had better be postponed until sufficient data exist for establishing a daily rate, an arrangement which is in all respects satisfactory to me.
2. I beg however to explain for your Grace's information, that Manuscript image that the rate of allowance suggested in my letter viz £5 per diem, was not intended merely as a personal allowance, but is supposed to cover the whole expense of my official staff and servants, including transport maintenance and all other travelling expenses, and the rule was adopted solely with the view of introducing economy, certainty, and regularity, into the public expenditure.
I Manuscript image I have etc.
James Douglas
Minutes by CO staff
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Put by for the present.
ABd 11 June
I think on account of Par. 2 that it may be as well to send it to the Treasury for their information.
TFE 12 June
CF 13
N 17
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Draft, Elliot to G.A. Hamilton, Treasury, 30 June 1860, forwarding copy of the despatch for information.