Romaine to Under-Secretary of State
30 October 1860
I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to transmit to you herewith, a copy of a despatch, dated the 9 Sept last, from the Commander in Chief of Her Majesty's Ships and Vessels in the Pacific, respecting the grant of extra Pay to the Party of Royal Marines doing duty in British Columbia; and I am Manuscript image to request that in laying the same before the Duke of Newcastle, you will state to His Grace, that my Lords are of opinion, taking into consideration the whole circumstances of the case, together with the laborious nature of the work performed by the Marines under Colonel Moody, and their exemplary conduct as testified by that Officer, that it would be most desirable that the Party of Marines who have been promised the 3s/ per diem, should be allowed Manuscript image it.
My Lords trust, therefore, that the Secretary of State will under these circumstances be induced to reconsider his decision, and issue the necessary directions to the Authorities at Vancouver's Island.
I am etc.
W.G. Romaine
Minutes by CO staff
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The Admiral appears to be clearly right. We were obliged to decide, as best we could, on imperfect information. I should assent, and instruct the Governor accordingly.
TFE 3 Nov
CF 5
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Robert L. Baynes, Rear Admiral and Commander in Chief, to Secretary of the Admiralty, 9 September 1860, concerning increase of pay for marines and giving a short history of their time in British Columbia.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft, Elliot to Secretary to the Admiralty, 13 November 1860, agreeing that the promise of extra pay should be kept.
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Draft reply, Newcastle to Douglas, No. 60, 12 November 1860.